Observing Advent 2018
Advent begins Sunday, December 2. Below are a few suggestions to observe Advent.
An Advent Wreath
Lighting the candles on an Advent wreath in the weeks leading up to Christmas is a great way to help us remember that we are preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ. In church, every week another candle is lighted as we journey towards Christmas.
As we do in church, it is customary to have an Advent wreath in our homes and to light a candle for each week of Advent. Prayers typically accompany the lighting and this can be done at every evening meal or on the first evening meal of the week. Click here for a booklet of prayers to use with your Advent wreath. Suggestions for a simple Advent wreath can also be found in the booklet.
An Advent Devotional
We have Advent booklets at church with daily devotions for the season for children (with stickers), another for teens and young adults and another for adults/families. This might also be the time to try out our usual daily devotionals that we provide. We have two - Forward Day by Day and Our Daily Bread available in the entry way at church. If you are not doing so already, reading either would be a great practice for Advent.
ANOTHER ADVENT DEVOTIONAL (ONLINE)
For Advent, consider reading a devotional every day. The daily devotional, Discovery, is available online and you can sign up for a daily email to receive that day's devotional.