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The 4th Sunday in Advent - LOVE
Today we light the fourth candle of our Advent wreath, the candle reminding us of God's gift of love.  Before we do that, let us remember the gifts of God symbolized by the other candles in the wreath:  the light of HOPE, the light of PEACE, and the light of JOY.

The fourth candle helps us to remember that God is LOVE.

The Bible tells us that it is because God loved the world so much that Jesus came.  The angel Gabriel announced his coming birth to Mary saying, "Peace be with you!  The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!"  Mary was deeply troubled and wondered what these words meant.  But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid Mary, you have found favour with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus."  Mary responds, "I am the Lords servant.  Let it be with me as you have said."

This fourth candle reminds us how much God loves us.  Jesus was born into the world to show us how to love one another.


God thank you for loving us, and for sending us Jesus to teach us about your love.  Help us to remember that your love will never come to an end.  Strengthen us to love others as you love us.  Amen.