ADVENT WEEK 2 DEVOTION
MARY AND JOSEPH
Mary was just a young girl, entrusted with so much. With Joseph she embarked this long journey to Bethlehem, pregnant, tired, and wondering what God was preparing for her, Joseph and especially her son. Joseph, whose world was turned upside down when Mary shared her story of the angel with him, chose to walk this road with Mary, to love her and care for their child.
Light the first and second Advent candles if you have an Advent wreath, or light any candle as a reminder that Christ is always with us.
Responsive Advent Prayer
L: Oh God, we’ve only just begun to wait,
R: To wait for the birth of your Son.
L: And the way feels long
R: with many obstacles along the way.
L: Like Mary and Joseph
R: We place our trust in you. Amen.
Scripture Readings for Each Day of the Week
God, you have a plan for our lives, calling us out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. Like Mary and Joseph, may we hear you when you call. 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 (read throughout the week)
‘Angels Visit’, p. 196-201
‘Mary Visits Elizabeth’, p. 202-207
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.