The season of Advent is a wonderful time for all Christians to pause, center, and think carefully about the meaning of the coming of Jesus Christ. I hope this weekly Advent Guide will help deepen and form your faith over the next month.
It is my goal to help our church family observe the Advent season both individually and along with the greater church body. For several years, we have celebrated Advent with Scripture readings and the use of an Advent wreath; this month we will expand on our understanding and observation of Advent, primarily by helping families worship together at home. This Advent celebration marks the first step of our church’s journey through “A Year in the Life of Our Lord.”
Week 1 || Dec 1-7
“Advent” simply means “coming,” and for Christ-followers, the season of Advent is a time to look simultaneously backward, inward, and forward to the coming of Jesus Christ. We look backward as we identify with early believers who waited for the coming of the promised Messiah. We look inward as we celebrate Messiah’s coming into our hearts. We look forward to Messiah Jesus’ Second Coming at the end of time.
Our focus this week is on the Second Coming of Christ and our need to prepare for His return. Matthew 24 reminds us that Jesus’ return is imminent, so we must be ready for that day (v. 44). Romans 13 shares the same theme, warning that the night is nearly over and the daylight is near (v. 12). Our salvation depends upon our putting on the Lord Jesus Christ, making no plans to satisfy our fleshly desires (v. 14).
Just as the Israelites waited for Messiah’s first coming, me must be morally and spiritually prepared for His second. 2 Peter 3:11 challenges us to live as holy, Godly people in preparation for Christ’s return. As we thoughtfully observe this Advent season, let us allow God to call us into a time of waiting, hope, and longing as we look toward the day of the Lord.
Prayer for Each Day
Unexpected God, Your advent alarms us. Wake us from drowsy worship, from the sleep that neglects love, and the sedative of misdirected frenzy. Awaken us now to your coming, and bend our angers into Your peace. Amen.
Sunday, Dec 1
- Read Romans 13:11-14
- Consider making a family Advent calendar to help everyone visualize the season. Here is a list of great ideas for an Advent calendar: https://theadventusproject.wordpress.com/resources/make-something/advent-calendars/
Monday, Dec 2
- Read Matthew 24:36-44
- Enjoy this article exploring art that depicts the angel’s visit with Mary: https://theadventusproject.wordpress.com/resources/advent-art/annunciation-art/
Tuesday, Dec 3
- Read Psalm 122
- If you have children, try some of these Advent activities: https://theadventusproject.wordpress.com/resources/advent-with-children/the-meolis-truth-in-the-tinsel/
Wednesday, Dec 4
- Read Isaiah 2:1-5
- Spend some time thinking about this poem by C.S. Lewis: https://theadventusproject.wordpress.com/resources/poetry/lewis-what-the-bird/
Thursday, Dec 5
- Read Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
- Check out this webpage about Relational Gift Ideas at AdventConspiracy.org: https://adventconspiracy.org/relational-gift-ideas/ (HINT: You’ll have to register to be able to access it, and it’s well worth it!)
Friday, Dec 6
- Read Isaiah 4:2-6
- If you have children, begin playing this Advent Calendar Bingo game:
Saturday, Dec 7
- Read Acts 1:12-17, 21-26
- Listen to an album of Advent songs, like this one: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7CmdotlNN9vt0maq98vtSU?si=8DrDU3B4RCSQbl8xt41MeA
Week 2 || Dec 8-14
Week 3 || Dec 15-21
Week 4 || Dec 22-28
Advent Conspiracy (www.adventconspiracy.org)
- A great website that will guide us through a beautiful, humble, generous Advent season
- Includes a Scripture reading plan, children’s activities, family activities, stories, and even a Spotify playlist
The Advent Project (www.theadventusproject.wordpress.com)
- A source for more Advent ideas, including a Bible reading plan, devotions, art, music, poetry, and ideas for celebrating Advent with children
Biola University’s Advent Project (www.ccca.biola.edu/advent/2019)
- Biola’s faculty provides a daily Advent devotional complete with Scripture readings, art, music, and video. Sign up to be notified via email when each day’s entry is posted.
- They also offer a similar devotional resource for Lent.
Webber, Robert E., ed. The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Vol. 5: The Services of the Christian Year. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1993.
- Much of the content in these devotions is guided by the articles in Webber’s collection, especially pp. 109-110.
- This website, drawing from the Revised Common Lectionary, suggests the daily readings and prayers found in these devotions.