Weekly Advent Devotions

Advent Devotions 2008
Dec 21- Fourth Sunday in Advent — Love

 
One of the symbols we use during Advent is the  
Advent wreath.  Each week as we light another   
candle we are reminded of Christ’s light coming
into our darkness.  You might consider using this
weekly devotion as you light your Advent candles
at home, or you might choose to use it as a part of
your prayer time.  While we wait for the birth of
Christ, we hear of God’s intentions for creation —
hope, peace, joy and love.

 
Read Luke 1:26-38
For nothing will be impossible with God.  Then Mary said, “Here am I, the ser-
vant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.  (Luke 1:37-38)

 
Reflect
This week we hear from Mary, who while probably scared, confused and awe-
struck, responds to the angel’s news out of love.  She answers God, “let it be
with me,” a short, powerful affirmation of her partnership in this extraordinary
act of love becoming flesh to shine into our darkness.  May we follow in Mary’s
footsteps as she bravely makes her way to the stable.  And may we follow with
hearts and mind set on the love of God, open to the impossible becoming possible.

 
Pray
Gracious God, you claim us as yours and you bring us to this season with
hearts waiting to again hear and see your good news.  Hold us in your love as
we marvel at the works of your hand.  We pray in the name of the Christ Child,
who comes to bring your love to all flesh.   Amen

 

 

Advent Devotions 2008
Dec 14-Third Sunday in Advent -  Joy
                                                          
 
One of the symbols we use during Advent is the  
Advent wreath.  Each week as we light another   
candle we are reminded of Christ's light coming
into our darkness.  You might consider using this
weekly devotion as you light your Advent candles
at home, or you might choose to use it as a part of
your prayer time.  While we wait for the birth of
Christ, we hear of God's intentions for creation -
hope, peace, joy and love.

 
Read
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this
is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

 
Reflect
Paul encourages us to rejoice always.  Really - always?  How do we do that
when there is such hardship and need in and around us?  We do not do it by
feeling happy or by always sitting with hands folded in prayer.  In the midst of
hardship, we say, "Thanks for resilience."  In the midst of pain, we say,
"Thanks for friends."  In the midst of suffering, we say, "Thanks for coming to
us, Lord."  This is the reason the Christ-child comes:  to help us live.

 
Pray
Stir up our wills, O Lord, and come to prepare our lives for the Christ-child. 
Empower us by your Spirit to live each day with your joy, in Jesus' name.  Amen 


 

Advent Devotions 2008
Dec 7- Second Sunday in Advent - Peace
 
One of the symbols we use during Advent is the   
Advent wreath.  Each week as we light another    
candle we are reminded of Christ's light coming into
our darkness.  You might consider using this weekly
devotion as you light your Advent candles at home,
or you might choose to use it as a part of your prayer
time.  While we wait for the birth of Christ, we hear
of God's intentions for creation- hope, peace, joy
and love.
 

Read
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,  "See, I am sending my messenger ahead
of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilder-
ness:  Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."  (Mark 1:2-3)
 

Reflect
Who is preparing the way?  Are you preparing the way for Christmas?  Are you
preparing the cookies or decorations or gifts?  Remember- it is not just that
we are busy with preparations.  God is, too!  God is sending a messenger to
prepare the way.  God is preparing our hearts to receive the Christ-child with
living faith.  God is preparing us to hear good news of peace.  Light a candle,
quiet yourself, and pray for a moment.
 

Pray
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, and come to prepare our lives for the Christ-child.  
Strengthen us by your Spirit so our lives reflect the light of your peace, in Jesus'
name.  Amen
 

 

 

Advent Devotions 2008
Nov 30  First Sunday in Advent - Hope 

One of the symbols we use during Advent is the  
Advent wreath.  Each week as we light another   
candle we are reminded of Christ's light coming
into our darkness.  You might consider using this
weekly devotion as you light your Advent candles
at home, or you might choose to use it as a part of
your prayer time.  While we wait for the birth of
Christ, we hear of God's intentions for creation -
hope, peace, joy and love.
 
Read/Sing
People, look east.  The time is near of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today.  Love the guest is on the way.

 
Reflect
How do you prepare your home and heart for the coming of Christ?
As we begin our Advent journey we light the first Advent candle and we set the
table for our treasured guest, Jesus, to arrive.  God works in mysterious ways. 
God works in our waiting and watching, in silence and in the cries of a new-
born baby.  And so we begin our Advent season with hope, and pray God comes
to renew our hope that God is at work in the world and in us.

 
Pray
Loving God, teach us to keep awake this week and to look for signs of your love
active in the world.  Prepare our hearts as we set the table for your arrival and
be with us as we wait and watch, in Jesus' name.  Amen