This Sunday is the first week of Advent and we will light only one candle. As we light the first candle in our Advent Wreath, we remind ourselves to ‘stay awake’ by the light of the Gospel that shines in our hearts.
Gracious God, you gave us Jesus who is the hope of the world, who gives us reason to go forward in faith and love. Help us to know that you are with us always and we need never be afraid. As we look forward to the great celebration of Christmas, may we be willing to offer help to all those who need courage and strength. We ask this prayer in Jesus’ name.