Because Lutherans prepare the way: We praise you, O God, for the victory wreath that marks our days of preparation for Christ's advent. As we light the candles on this wreath, strengthen our hears as we await the Lord's coming in glory. Enlighten us with your grace, that we may serve our neighbors in need. Grant this through Christ our Lord, whose coming is certain and whose day draws near. Amen. We wait better together.