Advent Wreath Meditations 2013

Here are seven sets of meditations that may be used with the weekly lighting of candles of an Advent wreath on the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas Eve. The meditations may be freely adapted for use in worship, Sunday school or for use in the home. They consist of a Scripture reading taken from the Lectionary passages for that day, as well as short prayers and a recommended congregational hymn or song. The Scripture readings may be divided into individual verses with the hope that all members of the family will participate in the reading. If you do not have an Advent wreath at home, you may use candles alone — four of similar size and color for the four Sundays (purple or blue is traditional), and a white candle in the center for Christmas Eve.

Churches may wish to use these meditations as bulletin or newsletter inserts. Permission to download, use, and duplicate is granted with the inclusion of the copyright citation following each meditation.

Advent Wreath Candlelighting Meditations for Home and Church – 2013 by Dean McIntyre

Advent Wreath Meditations - 2013 by F. Richard Garland

Advent Candlelighting Liturgy for 2013 by Amy Wake

Advent Wreath Liturgies (2013) Year A By The Rev. Ben Gosden

2013 Advent Candle Lighting Liturgy by Lisa Kropinak

Advent Sermon Series -- "Hope is On the Way" -- Resources from "The Liturgy Nerd" Jarrod Johnston

Let Us Worship! A Candle Lighting Liturgy: The Prophetic Call and Response by Eleanor Cooper Brown (pdf)

Responding to World Events

Prayers, Litanies, Worship Services and other resources.


Race Relations

Terrorism and Violence

US Storms

School Violence

Lectionary Planning Helps

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April 19, 2014
Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil

Read the texts online at the Vanderbilt Divinity Library:

Holy Saturday [No Color]
Job 14:1-14
Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 (UMH 764)
I Peter 4:1-8
Matthew 27:57-66

Easter Vigil [White or Gold]
The number of readings may vary, but Exodus 14 and at least two other readings from the
Old Testament should be used in addition to the New Testament readings.

Old Testament Readings with Psalms or Canticles
Genesis 1:1–2:4a
Psalm 136:1–9, 23–26
or Psalm 33 (UMH 767)

Genesis 7:1–5, 11–18; 8:6–18; 9:8–13
Psalm 46 (UMH 780)

Genesis 22:1–18
Psalm 16 (UMH 748)

Exodus 14:10–31; 15:20–21
Exodus 15:1b –13, 17–18 (UMH 135)

Isaiah 55:1–11
Isaiah 12:2–6

Ezekiel 36:24–28
Psalm 42 (UMH 777)

Ezekiel 37:1–14
Psalm 143 (UMH 856)

Second Reading and Psalm
Romans 6:3–11
Psalm 114 (UMH 835)

Gospel Reading
Matthew 28:1–10

Upcoming Special Occasions & Dates in the Liturgical Calendar

April 19, 2014
Holy Saturday

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for more information

Events Calendar

April 22, 2014
Pastors: Making a Good Move

Designed for pastors who are moving to a new appointment, this event will include ways to say good-bye in the current congregation and say hello to a new place and new people. Tips and advice from several sources for this change that impacts your well-being, your family and friends.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner