"Less is more.
In giving, we receive.
The last will be the first.
Silence can speak volumes.
You have to let go to hold on.
Love isn't love until it's given away.
The consumer is inevitably consumed.
We can find our strength in our weakness.
In embracing our sorrow, we can find our joy."
Advent means coming or arrival; especially the coming of that which is eagerly awaited. For the Christian church, the Advent (which is the four weeks leading up to Christmas) is a season of worshipful expectation and anticipation. Traditionally, Advent is divided up into four reflections (Hope, Peace, Joy, Love) which culminate in the Christ reflection on Christmas Eve. (As a church, we celebrate and observe these reflections through the Advent Wreath each year.) We invite you to use this reading plan to prepare your heart and seek the Messiah in the Scriptures this Advent season.
HOW TO USE THIS READING PLAN:
This plan provides you with 4 daily practices to help you prepare for the coming of Jesus. Each week, the daily practices will remain the same, but the specific invitations related to each practice will change. During a season that may seem busy, chaotic, and disruptive, a little repetition can help ground our souls.
Use this reading plan in whatever way is most natural for you and your household. Pick and choose the practices you find helpful, and feel free to engage in the practices alone or with others, early in the morning or late at night, in the car, or while sharing a meal, adapting them as necessary. The reading plan is composed in such a way that you can participate in all 4 daily practices at one time, or you can spread them out throughout the day.
Here’s an overview of each practice:
Each day you’ll be invited to read 1 chapter from Luke’s Gospel. By immersing yourself in Luke’s version of the “Good News” you’ll be reminded of what you’re preparing for.
Each day of the week, you’re invited to pray the same prayer of confession on behalf of a different subject. The prayer of confession will then rotate each week, giving you the opportunity to pray 4 prayers in 7 different ways throughout Advent.
Each day you’ll be invited to participate in a practice that’s meant to disrupt your daily experience of “time” and remind you of God’s presence and provision in your life. We have to be willing to “stop” if we desire to “begin” experiencing time and God’s presence in new ways.
Each day you’re invited to light the corresponding Advent candle for the week and repeat a given phrase that expresses our shared longing for the coming of Jesus. Let your candle burn each day as a symbol of all that is awaiting fulfillment in your life and in our world.
Here are all of the plans in one spot, or open them below as needed.