Advent Guide 2014

Advent Guide 2014

Advent has historically been approached as a season of spiritual preparation as we anticipate Christmas.  Below you will find a list of a few spiritual practices that might help you have a more meaningful Advent. (To download and print out this guide click here:  Advent Guide 2014)  This list is inspired by the book Advent Conspiracy, by Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder.  For a full list of our Advent activities, click here: Advent 2014 flyer  Check out this short video, which casts an inspiring vision for what this season could be!

1. Pray: 

Here is a list of daily scripture readings that you could use to reflect on each day during Advent.  Perhaps you might carve out some space each morning to read through these texts slowly, journal about an insight or application that stands out to you, and respond to God in prayer.

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First Week:

Mon: Isaiah 40:1-11

Tue:  Matthew 3:1-12

Wed: 1 John 1:5-10

Thu:  Romans 13:11-14

Fri:    Jeremiah 33:14-16

Sat:   Psalm 43:3-6

Sun:  Isaiah 11:1-10

 

Second Week:

Mon:  Isaiah 61:1-3

Tue:  Mal 3:1-6

Wed: John 15:1-9

Thu:  Gal 5:16-26

Fri:  John 1:1-8

Sat:  John 1:9-16

Sun: Zeph 3:14-17

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Third Week:

Mon: Psalm 27: 1-4

Tue: Romans 15:4-13

Wed: Eph 5: 6-14

Thu: Luke 1:26-38

Fri: Luke 1:39-45

Sat: Luke 1:46-55

Sun: Isaiah 60:1-3

 

Fourth Week:

Mon: Isaiah 9:2-7

Tue: Mt 1:18-25

Wed: Luke 2:1-20

Thu: Mt 2:1-12

Fri: Luke 2:21-35

Sat: John 3:16-21

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2. Fast

We often lament how Christmas becomes overly materialistic.  What if we built in some life giving limits to the use of our time and resources? Perhaps we might draw names for a gift exchange or make homemade gifts.  Maybe we would benefit from being more intentional with what events we participate in so that our schedule doesn’t get overworked.

3. Give

Americans spend 450 billion on Christmas each year while 20 billion could solve the clean water crisis in our world.  One of the ways we can connect with Christ this season is to follow his example of self-giving love towards the world, through serving or donating to charity.  Perhaps you might put together a gift for a child oversees through “Operation Christmas Child,” volunteer at Community House or Love Overwhelming, or help fund a mission project instead of buying extra gifts for family.

4. Worship

Be sure to carve out some space for worship this Advent.  Along with our regular Sunday services we also have some other unique opportunities to be in the presence of God.  On December 13 and 14th we will be hosting a Christmas Symphony concert, which will include excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.  On Christmas Eve we will have three different services.  At 4pm we have a family friendly service, at 7pm we have a more traditional service, and at 11pm we have a smaller communion service in the chapel.

 

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