Welcome to our Third Week Advent Prayer Service. I encourage you to grab a journal and light a candle as you prepare for this time together and with God. I am glad that you are here. Let us sing: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus: Psalm 126: Reflective Reading, Reflection and Prayer of Confession POETIC REFLECTION “For Unto Us – JOY” Lo The Poet Reflect on Lo the Poet’s “For Unto Us – JOY” How do you sense God’s joy in Jesus’ birth stories and in Jesus’ entry into the world? Where have you seen signs of God’s joy in recent weeks or in this past year? When have you felt that sorrow might swallow the story whole? Where have you heard joy wrapped in song during Advent? Where or how are you discovering truth wrapped in mystery as you seek to embrace Christ’s presence during this holiday season? Closing Prayer: God, we thank you for all that you have placed in our hearts and minds this day. May we find the courage to follow you and share your joy, especially when it comes from crying through the night! Amen.