Advent 2018

Join us in a time of spiritual reflection and prayer this Advent season.

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Welcome as we journey together through Advent – Christmas – Epiphany.
Using Advent Perspectives, the sacred Christmas story in Scripture comes alive in new and refreshing ways that have great historical significance and great relevance and meaning for our lives today. Thanks to Janet Hagberg and Tracy Mooty for sharing their idea with us. Thank you also to Ali Boone for sharing her original artwork in depicting the companions.

Building on Advent Perspectives~Companions for the Journey, we offer here a daily reflection to enrich your journey. Each devotional is written by a member of the community. Beginning with prayer, an invitation into Scripture, moving into a reflection on one of the companions, followed by some questions for consideration, and ending with prayer once again, the devotionals reflect the unique ways in which each person is encountering Christ anew this season. We invite you to join in with them as you re-encounter the great love of God. Many rich blessing to you this season of Advent!

If you didn’t receive an Advent Companion for this season, you can still get one by checking at the Colonial front desk! You may also purchase an Advent Perspectives pack ($10) to use at home. 

December 15, 2018

Advent. Day 15: The Stable

Opening Prayer. God, make within me the space that can hold and frame the holy events of this season, that I may be a place of comfort and rest for myself […]
December 15, 2018

Advent. Day 14: The Star

Opening Prayer. God of wonder, God of light, be the God of my heart and life. Amen. Scripture. Matthew 2:9 (NIV). After they had heard the king, they went on their way, […]
December 13, 2018

Advent. Day 13: The Sheep

Opening Prayer. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Amen. Scripture. Isaiah 65:24–25 (Rom 8:35–39). Before they call I will answer, while they are yet […]
December 13, 2018

Advent. Day 12: The Donkey

Opening Prayer. God, open us to the ways in which you come into the world. May we be a people who follow you in the way of peace. Amen. Scripture. Matthew 21:1-11. […]
December 11, 2018

Advent. Day 11: The Manger

Opening Prayer. God, open us to the simplicity of your miraculous advent here on earth and in our hearts. AMEN. Scripture. Micah 5:2-5a. But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one […]
December 10, 2018

Advent. Day 10: The Angel

Opening Prayer. God, open us to be a people who take the risk to encounter you in difference and in was and through messengers who are unexpected. Amen. Scripture. In the […]
December 9, 2018

Advent. Day 9: The Wise Man in the Green Coat

Opening Prayer. God, I give you thanks for the gifts of this year. I give you thanks for the challenges that have also shaped me. May your joy fill my heart […]
December 8, 2018

Advent. Day 8: The Wise Man with the Rainbow Coat

Opening Prayer. God, may you open me to you this Advent, to see and discover you in signs, in dreams, and in your creation. Open my heart to your wisdom. Amen. […]
December 8, 2018

Advent. Day 7: The Wise Man with the Red Coat

Opening Prayer. Lord, please overcome my heart with your Spirit and override my will and fears, so that I may walk wisely in your ways. Amen. Scripture. Matthew 2:1-8. 1In the time […]
December 6, 2018

Advent. Day 6: The Shepherd with the Staff

Opening Prayer. We glorify you, Jesus. You are the one who sees us and knows us. When our days are long and hard, and our hearts are lonely and weary, you […]
December 5, 2018

Advent. Day 5: The Shepherd with the Sheep

Opening Prayer. Lord, I give thanks during this season for all the ways You have shepherded me, guided me, guarded me. You have rejoiced and danced with angels during my times […]
December 4, 2018

Advent. Day 4: The Innkeeper

Opening Prayer. Oh God who has welcomed us, may we be a people who welcome all others as your beloved. Amen. Scripture. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and […]
December 3, 2018

Advent. Day 3: Elizabeth

Opening Prayer. Oh God who gives us life, may we be a people who turn towards each other and invite forth the new things that you are birthing in our lives […]
December 3, 2018

Advent. Day 2: Joseph

Opening Prayer. God, in this season of Advent, grant us courage to  live with courage and to discover your invitations in the unexpected. Amen. Scripture. Matthew 1:18-25, 2:13-15 Now the birth of Jesus […]
December 3, 2018

Advent. Day 1: Mary

Opening Prayer. Lord, prepare our hearts to hear your voice. Prepare our minds to be open to possibilities beyond our experience. Prepare our bodies for action in your presence. Amen. Scripture. Luke […]