Because Lutherans prepare the way: We praise you, O God, for the circle of light that marks our days of preparation for Christ's advent. As we light the candles on the wreath, kindle within us the fire of your Spirit, that we may be light shining in the darkness. Enlighten us with your grace, that we may welcome others as you have welcomed us. Grant this through Christ our Lord, whose coming is certain and whose day draws near. Amen. We wait better together.