Today's post comes from this past Sunday's Advent reading provided by the Ailor family as they lit the candle of love in the Advent Wreath. You can watch them delivering the fuller, live version on our livestream worship channel by either going to the worship section of our webpage or clicking here and watching the second (10am) service.
Simon: Today, we will light the second candle of the Advent wreath, the candle of love.
Mom: In thinking about sharing with you today, Simon and I have been talking this week about where we see love.
Simon: We see love in hugs, kisses, high fives and fist bumps.
Mom: We see love in a Disciples Path small group.
Simon: We see love in teachers and coaches.
Mom: We see love in a church that fed and taught over 100 kids and their families at Vacation Bible School.
Simon: We see love in friends who like the same things, like playing football.
Mom: We see love in a congregation that embraces wildly energetic children.
Simon: We see love in letting balloons go to remember our friends.
Mom: We see love in purchasing presents for Jubilee Christmas.
Simon: We see love in our family and in our friend Christian.
Mom: We see love in a small baby born with a big purpose.
Simon: Where do you see love?
Mom: Let’s choose to look for love all around us this week
Excerpt from 1 Corinthians 13
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Simon: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Mom: where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
Simon: where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
Mom: O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
Simon: to be loved as to love.
Mom: For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Simon: Like the circle of the Advent wreath, love never ends. We light the candle of love.
~Simon & Wendi Ailor