Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Third Week of Advent- The Shepherd's Candle

The Prophecy Candle is the first candle lit. It reminds us of the Old Testament prophets who foretold Christ's birth. The Bethlehem Candle, the second candle lit, is symbolic of the Christ Child's cradle. The Shepherd's Candle is the third candle which we light on the third Sunday in Advent. This pink candle typifies the act of sharing Christ. Pink symbolizes the Advent Rose, a time to pause in this season to Rejoice in the Lord. The Scripture reading is from the Gospel of Luke.

Luke 2:8-18 [8] And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. [9] And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. [10] And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. [11] For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. [12] And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." [13] And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, [14] "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" [15] When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." [16] And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. [17] And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. [18] And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.


Frontier Forest said...

It was really moving to be in a public theater, in Branson, MO and hearing one of the celebrities give testimony to the Lordship of Christ. Doug Gabriel took the time to read the entire 2 chapter of Luke to all those in attendance. Visiting refreshing Branson, Mo is a breath of fresh air. What we all want to remember our country was like before… we kicked God out of every our entertainment, affairs and event.

Todd Phillips said...

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