The fourth of our Advent Candle Liturgies at Belfast South... You know it's source and pattern by now...
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
I John 4: 7-10 (NIV-UK)
Love is the wick that is central to the candle.
Love is the flame that burns continually in the heart of God.
Love is the unquenchable light given by God to burn in the darkness.
Love is the light given by God to burn in our hearts.
(The candle is lit.)
Let us pray:
Source of light, shine in our lives and in your world
with your eternal and infinite love.
Through Jesus in whose name we pray. Amen.