“pray without ceasing;”
1 Thess 5:17
THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT: JOY
On the third Sunday of Advent, the third candle is added with a prayer of Joy. This is the week to light the rose-colored candle. We read together from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, “Always rejoice. Pray without ceasing. In all things give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all. Extinguish not the spirit. Despise not prophecies. But prove all things: hold fast that which is good. From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves. And may the God of peace himself sanctify you in all things: that your whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Lord, may we always remember, from the moment we rise, through all the actions of our day, until we lay down again to sleep at night, that we are called to the joy of discipleship, to live constantly in the presence of God. Help us to pray without ceasing, and, most of all, to “rejoice always” in the gift of Your presence. Amen
Traditionally, the Advent wreath is made of four candles in a circle of evergreens. Three of the candles are purple, and one is pink (rose). Each day the candles are lighted, perhaps before the evening meal- one candle the first week, and then adding another each succeeding week, until December 25th.
GLCC congregation would love to have you be our guests this Sunday for our Celebration Service at 11:00 A.M.