The Christmas season is quickly approaching. For some, it is already in full swing. This time of year offers many opportunities for families and friends to spend time together in celebration and active remembrance of Christ’s coming. It is a time for our hearts to be stirred and strengthened as we consider God’s unwavering faithfulness and unmatched love, shown in the sending of His Son.
We all know that busyness and holiday obligations can quickly overtake our calendars and threaten our joy. Before that happens, set aside time to consider what you hope this Advent season to be marked by for yourself, your family and your community. Then determine a plan to make that hope a reality.
To help you do just that, we’ve created an Advent Guide with readings, devotionals and activities that can be used on your own or with family, roommates and friends. As a church, we will walk through the Advent narrative over the next few weeks—the need for and promise of a Savior, the birth of Christ, the proclamation of the Messiah’s coming to the shepherds through the angels and the journey of the Magi to worship the one true King. Together, we will look back and trace God’s faithfulness as we also look forward to Christ’s promised return with confidence, hope and expectation.
To go along with the Advent Guide, we have created a Spotify playlist and a Pinterest board. The playlist includes the songs and hymns suggested in each weekly devotional. The Pinterest board includes ideas for creating your own Advent wreath or nativity scene. An Advent wreath is traditionally made up of four outer candles representing hope, peace, joy and love. During each week of the Advent season, a new candle is lit. The center candle, called the Christ candle, represents Jesus, the Messiah, who has come and is coming, and is usually lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Our sincere hope and prayer for you in this season is that your heart would be drawn to behold the beauty of Jesus as you reflect on His first coming and be moved to live a life of humble, hopeful obedience as you await His return.