Yes, we know – you have your Advent devotion waiting by your bed, and all the Advent activities are lined up at church. But…just in case you still need something to make the Advent season truly special – here are some rich resources for you – devotions, all-ages activities that can be done at home or at church, and worship assists. Do you have a favorite resource you’d like to share? Let us know!
Daily Advent Devotions
Presbyterians Today – Let Love Speak: Words and Actions to Pave the Way of the Lord
Presbyterians across the country are invited to begin their Advent journey on Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent, with Presbyterians Today’s 2017 Advent devotional, Let Love Speak: Words and Actions to Pave the Way of the Lord.
Written by the Rev. Magdalena I. García, a hospice chaplain in Chicago and frequent Presbyterians Today contributor, the devotional anchors each day’s writings in the laments and joys of the psalmist.
“You are invited to contemplate words and actions from the Psalms that challenge all of us to speak and act in just and loving ways. One place to begin is perhaps inviting the language — and the presence —of others among us, especially the other who is a foreigner,” García said.
Each daily reading includes an excerpt from a Psalm followed by a meditation and a prayer.
d365 – Follow the Star
Following the Star, the devotional series for Advent and Christmas, has returned to the devotional website d365.org for the 2017 holiday season.
The series features scripture, prayer, and meditative thoughts accompanied by gentle music focusing on the Advent journey toward Christmas. A new collection of instrumental guitar arrangements has been recorded specifically for Following the Star. The music collection “Unto Us” is available for purchase through iTunes, and CDBaby.com. The musical reflections provide a familiar artistic backdrop to accompany each daily devotional.
Following the Star is part of the year-round devotional site, d365.org, a ministry of Passport, Inc., and is sponsored ecumenically by Passport, Inc., Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Presbyterian Mission Agency, and The Episcopal Church.
Advent Activities and Worship Resources
Living Everyday As Disciples (LEAD) – Advent 2017 Resources
LEAD works with churches and pastors to develop leaders for the church that is becoming. Their Advent resources are designed to be used by individuals or groups, in the home, small groups and/or worship.
Using readings from the Psalm and Second readings of the Revised Common Lectionary, the resources include:
- Weekly bulletins with liturgy and prayers (in both color and black & white versions)
- Weekly images to color
- Weekly guided spiritual practices
- Special music, Listen in the Silence, shared with permission of singer / songwriter Linnea Good
- Four contemplative videos, one for each week of Advent, featuring Listen in the Silence
A simple sign-up gains you access to these free resources (and more!) and there are links to past years’ Advent resources as well.
Illustrated Children’s Ministry
You might have already seen or used these excellent resources from PC(USA) pastor Adam Walker Cleaveland and team. Though they use “children’s ministry” in the title, these are once again wonderful for families or the whole congregation to do together.
Oversize coloring sheets are intended to be used in group settings so everyone can join in, and there are banners, devotions and family resources as well – all for Advent.
They have resources for the whole year, so check out everything they do.
More Advent and Christmas Practices for the Family
Presbyterians Today also has this rich and helpful article with a list of other practices you can do as an individual, family, group of friends, or church family.