Opening Prayer

Light two candles on your Advent wreath. Repeat short messages you have heard today — headlines, radio patter, family comments, workplace exchanges. Statements need not make sense together.

LEADER: Revive us, comforting God, as once you revived the people of Israel.

ALL: We live in your promise.

LEADER: May all humankind see your goodness in us.

ALL: We live in your promise.

LEADER: Forgive us as we forgive others; revive us as we give others life.

ALL: We live in your promise.

LEADER: Justice walks before our God.

ALL: Wholeness follows in the footsteps of the Holy One.