The church universal has traditionally celebrated the season of advent in anticipation of Christmas. The word itself means coming and this is exactly what we anticipate, the coming of Immanuel. Some may say, “Way to overspiritualize the holidays and be a Debbie downer on the eggnog and jingle bells!”
The truth is that the Christian’s celebration of the incarnation is not a downer in the least bit, which means that there must be joyful celebration that comes with the season as we enjoy relationships and candy canes. The purpose though is to place Christ’s coming to earth as a manchild and our waiting on his second coming at the forefront of our hearts individually every day and corporately each Sunday leading up to Christmas Day.
How Do I “Do Advent?”
We are glad you asked! There are two ways: First, Each Sunday beginning this week, TCGS will gather to sing carols, hear from the book of Judges about our awaiting the arrival of a King and light the advent candles that symbolize Jesus being out light. Second, as your pastors we pray that you will also consider leading yourselves and your homes with the resources below in a daily discipline that blends some fun as well as faith in your Christmas traditions. With the commercialism that is upon us please consider every decoration and tradition to be an opportunity to refresh ourselves with the Gospel.
- Adult Devotionals:
- good-news-of-great-joy by John Piper – 25 short readings to be read daily geared for adults.
- Family Devotionals:
- Jesus Storybook Devotional– Arranged by Adriel Booker- 24 readings from the Jesus Storybook Bible with printable plan.
- The Expected One– By Scott James- Daily family readings organized around different themes of messianic prophecy geared to be simple and sweet. Great application questions to be adapted for all ages. (worth the couple dollars)
- Jesse Tree Ornaments– By Ann Voskamp- Thorough devotional with printable ornaments to be put on a small tree. (see attached)
- Treasuring God in our Taditions- Especially Christmas– By Noel Piper- Ideas on how to practice advent and use traditions to symbolize Christ.
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