As your children learn about Advent and the story of Jesus’ birth in Sunday School this season, we encourage you to continue the conversation at home. Each week, we will provide you with the reading done in church for the lighting of our Advent Candles and questions that can be used to discuss them. You can use them as you light your own candles or simply as a conversation-starter.
Reading for the Second Sunday of Advent
Last Sunday we lit the first candle─the candle of hope. Today we add the second candle, the candle of peace. We light it knowing full well that peace is elusive, and in some parts of the world, it is almost completely absent. Yet in this season of Advent, we trust that God is never absent from us. God is always preparing something new. And even where there is war and discord, whether between countries, within families, or within our own hearts, God is present, gently leading us to new possibilities.
(The first and second candles are lit.)
Loving God, as we enter this Advent season, We open all the dark places in our lives and memories to the healing light of Christ. Show us the creative power of hope.Prepare our hearts to be transformed by you, That we may walk in the light of Christ.
Table Talk Questions
- I wonder what peace means?
- I wonder what it means to live in peace? What does it mean to live in conflict?
- I wonder why a world with God is not a world that only knows peace?
- I wonder what God would ask us to do to encourage peace in the world?