Advent Wreath

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The following set of prayers for use with the Advent Wreath used Australian themes and has been prepared by Rex Hunt from Canberra (Australia)


Australian Advent Wreath

Advent 1

Summer is in the air:
we look for the joys ahead;
for holy-days and recreation,
waiting and discerning.
All: Come, companion Jesus, walk with us.

Voice 1: Let us prepare a manger in our hearts for the birth of the sacred.

Voice 3: Why do we light one candle?
Voice 2: This candle reminds us of the light of hope.


A candle is lit.


Voice 4:

hope

like a seed buried deep within the earth;
hidden, covered by layers,
disappointment, struggle, pain;
buried yet stretching,
growing and becoming.

hope
like a seed becoming new life.
This is why we light a candle for hope.
(Kathy Hawker)


Presentation of the Christmas Bowl


Hymn: “Anna’s Song” [55 IST]

Lift this child to the sun,

Raise this child to the sky;
God has come from above,
Come to earth from on high.
Lift this child, lift this child to the sun.
© Norman Habel.

Advent 2

The winds are scented
with every growing thing;
the jacaranda blossoms,
clothes fit for royalty.
All: Come, companion Jesus, walk with us.

Voice 1: Let us prepare a manger in our hearts for the birth of the sacred.

Voice 3: Why do we light a second candle?
Voice 2: This second candle reminds us of peace.


A second candle is lit.


Voice 4:

peace

is the absence of conflict;
or

peace
is a spiritual connection;

or better still
peace is a way of living,
a commitment to something important;

but peace as a wild eyed radical
screaming its way to revolution
isn’t quite the peace
we had in mind...
Is it?
This is why we light a candle for peace.
(Kathy Hawker)


Hymn: “Anna’s Song” [55 IST]

Lift this child to the sun,

Raise this child to the sky;
God has come from above,
Come to earth from on high.
Lift this child, lift this child to the sun.

Lay this child on the ground,

One with us, one with earth;
Let God know in his son,
Human clay, human birth.
Lay this child, lay this child on the ground.
© Norman Habel.


Advent 3

The light grows brighter
and the nights are mild;
excitement is building
in every true child.
All: Come, companion Jesus, walk with us.

Voice 1: Let us prepare a manger in our hearts for the birth of the sacred.

Voice 3: Why do we light a third candle?
Voice 2: This third candle reminds us of joy.


A third candle is lit.


Voice 4:

joy

is found in the moment
when the tables turn
and the veil of denial is lifted
displaying vulnerability and fear,
colliding with hope and promise,
mingling together.

a tingle growing warm,

lurching forward is joy.
This is why we light a candle for joy.
(Kathy Hawker)


Hymn: “Anna’s Song” [55 IST]

Lift this child to the sun,

Raise this child to the sky;
God has come from above,
Come to earth from on high.
Lift this child, lift this child to the sun.

Lay this child on the ground,

One with us, one with earth;
Let God know in his son,
Human clay, human birth.
Lay this child, lay this child on the ground.

Place this child in the shade,

Hang this child ‘neath a tree;
With his hand on the wood,
May this child set us free.
Place this child, place this child in the shade.
© Norman Habel.


Advent 4

Each night we sleep wearily
under a large summer moon.
The nights are short
and the dawn comes soon.
All: Come, companion Jesus, walk with us.

Voice 1: Let us prepare a manger in our hearts for the birth of the sacred.

Voice 3: Why do we light a fourth candle?
Voice 2: This fourth candle reminds us of love.


A fourth candle is lit.


Voice 4:

love

in a young girl's song;

fearful,

determined,
hopeful,
bursting.

love in a mother's song;

tender,
embracing,
challenging,
stern.

love is god's song;

curious yet timid,

playful and wondering,
coming among us again.
This is why we light a candle for love.
(Kathy Hawker)


Hymn: “Anna’s Song” [55 IST]

Lift this child to the sun,

Raise this child to the sky;
God has come from above,
Come to earth from on high.
Lift this child, lift this child to the sun.

Lay this child on the ground,

One with us, one with earth;
Let God know in his son,
Human clay, human birth.
Lay this child, lay this child on the ground.

Place this child in the shade,

Hang this child ‘neath a tree;
With his hand on the wood,
May this child set us free.
lace this child, place this child in the shade.

Give this child to the world,

Let him be common folk;
God has come to be born,
As an ordin’ry bloke.
Give this child, give this child to the world.
© Norman Habel.


Resources

  • Kathy Hawker. Outside the box.
  • In spirit and in truth. A worship book. 1991. Switzerland: Geneva. World Council of Churches. Seventh Assembly.