Advent 2015 - Week 1 Candle of Hope

John 8:12

Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Responsive Reading

(Pastor) Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

– Psalm 31:24

(Community) We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

– Psalm 33:20

(Pastor) The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him;

– Lamentations 3:25

(Community) Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

– Romans 5:5

(Pastor) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

– Romans 15:13

(Community) Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised, is faithful.

– Hebrews 10:23

(Pastor and Community) May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

– Psalm 33:22


Lord, renew a sense of hope in our hearts this morning. Let your Word and your promises remind us of the hope that You not only hear, but You answer our prayers. We pray that doors of opportunity that seem closed to us will be opened, that broken relationships will be healed and mended, that our loved ones who are sick and suffering will be healed, and those whose trust has been broken and damaged will be restored. Above all we pray Your will be done; we pray this in eager expectation of our coming Savior; Jesus Christ. Amen.

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