ADVENT WEEK 1 DEVOTION
Light Glorious Light
The prophet Isaiah brings a message of hope more than 500 years before the birth of Jesus. God promises, through the words of the prophets, that we will emerge from a land of deep darkness, and enter into a new world filled with the light. They tell us that all of this will happen when a child is born, a child whose kingdom will usher in endless peace forevermore.
Light the first Advent candle if you have an Advent wreath, or light any candle as a reminder that Christ is always with us.
Responsive Advent Prayer
(based on Rom. 13:11-14)
L: Wake up sleepy Christians.
R: The night is over and the dawn is about to happen.
L: Be up and awake,
R: To see what God is doing.
L: We can’t waste a minute,
R: We must be up and about. Amen.
Scripture Readings for Each Day of the Week
God, our hope, we watch and wait for you. Wake us up to see the signs of your coming glory. Amen
FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN
For younger children, hearing bible stories read aloud directly from scripture can be challenging hearing these same stories read aloud from an excellent children’s bible storybook can make them come alive and become far more memorable for young children. The Sparks Story Bible, published by Sparkhouse, reveals the great, awe-inspiring stories of God through wonderfully expressive images and age appropriate language for our children.
For this reason, we have the Sparks Story Bibles available for families with younger children. Families may choose to use these Spark stories each week for their Advent devotions, or may choose to blend the Spark stories along with the weekly readings from scripture. Each family will know best what will work for them.
Spark Story Bibles are available at Family of Christ, or we will gladly deliver one to families who wish to use this wonderful resource. Call the church office at 308-236-7704 or send an email request to familyofchristkearney@gmail.
This Week’s Stories from the Spark Story Bible
‘God Will Bring Peace’, p. 164-165
‘A Child Called Immanuel’, p. 168-171
‘God’s Peaceful World’, p. 172-175
‘A Ruler from Bethlehem’, p. 194-195
MORE ADVENT FUN (click here)
If you would like to add additional songs, stories, family activities, recipes and crafts to expand your Advent journey, use this fun Advent Living Room (courtesy of Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda Synod). Each Sunday of Advent these weekly devotions will be uploaded to our room, along with new activities for you to experience. Click on the objects found in the room and enjoy your Advent journey.