Opening Prayer

Light three candles on your Advent wreath. Pray together the first five verses of John’s gospel (John 1.1-5).

LEADER: In the beginning was the Word.

ALL: The Word was with God.

LEADER: And the Word was God.

ALL: The Word was in the beginning with God.

LEADER: All things came into being through the Word.

ALL: Without the Word not one single thing came into being.

LEADER: What has come into being in the Word was life.

ALL: And the life was the light of all people.