Lighting a candle is a simple yet profound act. It is a testimony to the power of light over darkness. As we light this second candle of Advent, we continue our journey to Christmas. The second candle of Advent is called the Peace candle; as we anticipate Christmas, let us remember the birth of the Prince of Peace. Let us remember our need for a Savior to save us from our sins, and give us peace with God.
[Read Psalm 27:1-2 & 13-14]
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
People waited a long time to see prophecies about the coming Messiah fulfilled, such as this one from Isaiah.
[Read Isaiah 9:6-7]
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
And when Jesus was born…
[Read Luke 2:13-14]
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Scripture reminds us that true peace comes from the Spirit of God dwelling within us.
[Read Colossians 3:15]
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Let us remember Christ’s birth, commemorate his death and resurrection, and anticipate his glorious return. May God grant us his perfect peace.
You can find several more years of Advent readings here. Please feel free to use these Advent readings in your church. Our worship team leader Andy Bradshaw put together this Christmas Advent 2016 reading using a variety of resources, taking bits and pieces from several websites as well as combining those ideas with his own original thoughts.