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. 

January 5, 2019

Epiphany. Day 36 (The Final Day): The Light of the World

Opening Prayer. God of all light and life, shine in, on, and through us. May we be your people, each with our own stories and beauty, who in our own way […]
January 4, 2019

Christmas. Day 35: The Shepherd with the Sheep

Opening Prayer. Oh good shepherd, gather me close to you and hold me in your heart. AMEN. Scripture. Isaiah 40:11. He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs […]
January 3, 2019

Christmas. Day 34: The Innkeeper

Opening Prayer. Make room in my heart, O Lord, for your Spirit. By however means necessary. AMEN. Scripture. Luke 2:7. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in […]
January 2, 2019

Christmas. Day 33: Elizabeth

Opening Prayer. Lord, please raise my eyes so I can see you more in others around me. AMEN. Scripture. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the […]
January 1, 2019

Christmas. Day 32: Joseph

Opening Prayer. God, for those places where we do not know the weight of suffering or pain, we ask that you would grant us courage and empathy to love and be […]
January 1, 2019

Christmas. Day 31: Mary

Opening Prayer. God, might I know your love and trust you as you invite me deeper into loving this world and all of your creation. May it be onto me as […]
December 30, 2018

Christmas. Day 30: The Stable

Opening Prayer. God, root me in your love that I might be a place of healing and safety for those in need of harbor, comfort, and peace. AMEN. Scripture. John 14:27 New […]
December 29, 2018

Christmas. Day 29: The Star

Opening Prayer. God of all light, be the light that shines within my heart and lead me toward your guiding light. AMEN. Scripture. 14 And God said, “Let there be lights in […]
December 28, 2018

Christmas. Day 28: The Sheep

Opening Prayer. Oh God, our Good Shepherd, hold us close and enable us to live here on earth as you lived and served among us. Amen. Scripture. Luke 2:13-15. Suddenly a great […]
December 27, 2018

Christmas. Day 27: The Donkey

Opening Prayer. God, open our eyes to the ways we can commit ourselves to you and to the people around us. Amen. Scripture. Matthew 21:1-11 (NRSV). 1 When they had come near […]
December 26, 2018

Christmas. Day 26: The Manger

Opening Prayer. Spirit, breathe in us that we might slow to hear you and feel your love. Amen. Scripture. Psalm 46:10. Be still and know that I am God. Savor the Savior: […]
December 25, 2018

Christmas. Day 25: The Shepherd with the Staff

Opening Prayer.  Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine; Love was born at Christmas, Star and Angels gave the sign. AMEN. – from Christina Rossetti Scripture. Luke 2:20. […]
December 24, 2018

Christmas. Day 24: The Wise Man in the Red Coat

Opening Prayer. Emmanuel, give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to be opened to all that you have for us this Christmas Day. In Jesus’ beautiful name – Amen. […]
December 23, 2018

Advent. Day 23: The Innkeeper

Opening Prayer.  Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Let earth receive her king! Let every heart prepare him room: And Heaven and Nature sing! And Heaven and Nature […]
December 22, 2018

Advent. Day 22: The Wise Man with the Rainbow Coat

Opening Prayer. God of all human history, be the God of me. Amen. Scripture. Genesis 37:1-8 (The Voice Translation). 1 Jacob ended up settling in the land where his father had lived […]
December 21, 2018

Advent. Day 21: The Wise Man in the Green Coat

Opening Prayer. God, may your light touch me to my core and illuminate the darkest corners in my heart; may I see this world with new eyes too. Amen. Scripture. John 1:3-5, […]
December 20, 2018

Advent. Day 20: The Shepherd with the Sheep

Opening Prayer. Oh God, may I hear your voice. Open my heart that I might trust you with my very life and follow you wherever you may lead. Amen. Scripture. John 10:1-18 […]
December 19, 2018

Advent. Day 19: The Angel

Opening Prayer. Lord, grant us ears to hear your message, in spite of overwhelming circumstances, events or people. Amen. Scripture. Judges 13:3–5, 21–24. The angel of the Lord appeared to the woman […]
December 18, 2018

Advent. Day 18: Elizabeth

Opening Prayer. God, might I discover you anew in the stories of those who are different than me. Might I hear you anew as I listen. Amen. Scripture. Luke 1:36-45. 39 At that […]
December 17, 2018

Advent. Day 17: Joseph

Opening Prayer. Give me eyes to comprehend the mysteries of your word and work in my life this Advent, O Lord. Keep me from resisting those tight spaces where I am […]
December 17, 2018

Advent. Day 16: Mary

Opening Prayer. Oh Emmanuel. Be the God with us — the God in me. Let it be with me just as you say. Amen. Scripture. Luke 1: 35-38. The angel answered, “The […]
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 […]