Biblical references: Hope: Matthew 24:36-44, Mark 13:24-37; Peace: Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 1:68-79; Isaiah 2:4; Joy: Luke 1:46b-55; Love: John 3:16-17; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; Christ: Luke 2:1-20; John 1:1-14; Titus 3:4-7.
Tune: LYONS 10.10.11.11 (“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”)
The candle of hope we light in this hour
Proclaims that the Lord is coming in power.
We wait for a future, now hidden from view,
When Christ in his glory will make all things new.
The candle of peace shines bright with God’s plan;
The wolf will lie down and dwell with the lamb.
Our guns and our weapons, our hatred and war,
Will give way to gardens that heal and restore.
The candle of joy reminds us to sing,
For God is at work to do a new thing.
The proud will be humbled; the lowly will rise.
God’s kingdom is one of delight and surprise.
The candle of love tells what we are worth:
God loves us so much, God came to the earth!
An angel brought news of a child who would be
The one who would save us and set us all free.
The Christ candle’s light that shines for us here
Tells out the good news that God has come near!
God came, a poor baby, in one time and place,
To show all creation the wealth of God’s grace.
Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved