This Advent Resource is a guide to a purposeful celebration of Jesus’ birth. It is built for individuals, small groups and/or families and only requires an intentional few minutes to engage. Beginning Sunday, December 3, and culminating on Monday, Christmas Day, the invitation below involves scripture reading, short discussion, prayer, journaling and optional advent candles.
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A Note on Advent Candles: The traditional Advent wreath and candles can be easily assembled on your own or purchased. It is simple and beautifully symbolic to engage.
Deuteronomy 18:15-18; Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; John 1:19-23; Hebrews 1:1-2
The first candle is purple, which symbolizes royalty and honor, and represents hope. It is traditionally called the Prophecy Candle and reminds us of the anticipation and expectation of the arrival of the Messiah to save and redeem. Since Adam and Eve were evicted from Eden, we have been waiting for the One who will make a way back into the Presence of God. In this waiting we hope in God’s promise. Light the first Advent Candle.
“Lord, as we wait in hope for Jesus in this Advent season, posture our hearts to also receive hope. You provided hope through Jesus and You provide hope in every moment through your promised Holy Spirit. Thank you for your provision of that gift. We pray for you to open our eyes to hope and tune our eyes to see Your activity and movement among us.”
This past year has been a challenge for many. Take a moment to journal about how you have needed hope and how God has provided hope in Jesus, in His church, through His Word and by His Spirit.