Sing: “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
First reader: This is the second Sunday in Advent. Do you remember why we are taking time to be together in this circle around our Advent wreath?
First child: (Relight first candle.) Last Sunday we lit the first candle, to remember that Advent is a time of preparation. During these days we are getting our hearts ready for the coming of the Christ Child.
First reader: This Sunday we are remembering that Jesus came to earth to tell us of God’s love.
Second reader: Our family knows that love is coming. Love is Christmas. God has become involved with us. Love asks us to be open, to be honest, and especially to trust.
Second child: (Light the second candle.) I light this candle on the second Sunday in Advent to remind us that Jesus came to earth to “show and tell” us of God’s love.
First reader: John 15:9–11: “I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (TEV).
Second reader: Philippians 1:9–11: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God” (NIV).
Talk together about love. Love has many voices and it speaks in many places. What are some of the voices of love? (Smiling at a friend, etc.) Where might love be spoken? (Raking leaves for an elderly person, making a card for someone who is ill, etc.)
Sing: “Away in a Manger”
Prayer time: Ask God to help us love one another. Thank Him for His gift of Love, which is what Christmas is all about.
Thought for the week: “Be sure that you act on the message [of love] and do not merely listen [to it]” (James 1:22, TLB). “And may the Lord make your love to grow and overflow to each other and to everyone else, just as our love does toward you” (1 Thessalonians 3:12, TLB).