These short meditations may be used with the weekly lighting of candles of an Advent wreath on the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas Eve. The meditations may be freely adapted for use in Sunday school or worship, but they are designed especially for use in the home. They consist of a Scripture reading taken from the Lectionary passages for that day, as well as short prayers and one stanza of a related hymn or song on the four Sundays and one stanza of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" on Christmas Eve. Singing the carol is optional, and other carols or stanzas may be substituted. The Scripture readings have been divided into individual verses with the hope that all members of the family will participate in the reading. Likewise, the prayers have been divided into individual sentences. If you do not have an Advent wreath at home, you may use candles alone — four of similar size and color for the four Sundays (purple or blue is traditional), and a white candle in the center for Christmas Eve.
Churches may wish to use these meditations as bulletin or newsletter inserts. Permission to download, use, and duplicate is granted with the inclusion of the copyright citation following each meditation.