On the First Sunday of Advent
To use with your home advent wreath during the first week of advent. Use this as you light the first candle each evening as you eat together or say bedtime prayers.
The theme of this week of advent is joy.
Discuss: What is joy?
Invite family members to describe times they have felt filled with joy.
Wonder together: How does God give us joy through the birth of Jesus?
Light the first candle, then say this prayer:
God of joy, we give thanks for the birth of your Son, Jesus, and for the joy he brought for all people. Help us to share the joy of Christmas with others and to do our best to make your world the way you want it to be. Amen.