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Advent 2015 - Week 4 Candle of Love



Scripture

As we light the fourthAdvent candle, we are reminded that Jesus is the “star of Jacob.”

I see him, but now; behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.

-Numbers 24:17

Responsive Reading

(Pastor) Love is patient,

(Community) It is not hurried.

(Pastor) Love is kind,

(Community) It is not harsh, rough or hurtful.

(Pastor) Love does not envy,

(Community) It knows no other Gods.

(Pastor) Love does not boast,

(Community) but only in Christ.

(Pastor) Love is not proud,

(Community) It is humble.

(Pastor) Love is not rude,

(Community) It is polite, refined and civil.

(Pastor) Love is not self-seeking,

(Community) It is thoughtful and compassionate.

(Pastor) Love is not easily angered,

(Community) It is understanding and sympathetic.

(Pastor) Love keeps no record of wrongs,

(Community) It forgives.

(Pastor) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

(Community) Jesus is the truth and the truth is His native language.

(Pastor) Love always protects,

(Community) It never endangers.

(Pastor) Love always trusts,

(Community) It never doubts.

(Pastor) Love always hopes,

(Community) It never fears.

(Pastor) Love always perseveres,

(Community) It never fails.

(All) Love always succeeds

Prayer

Lord, we ask that you let love abound more and more in us and increase our knowledge and depth of insight so that we may be able to discern what is best and pure and blameless until the second coming of Christ. Fill us with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.


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