NORTHMINSTER ADVENT DEVOTIONAL 2019
Advent Reflections and Devotional Guide
Prepare the Way!
“Advent” literally means “the coming” or “the arrival.” In the Christian tradition it is also a time of preparation. The celebration of the Nativity was not a tradition until hundreds of years after Christ’s life on earth. We were an Easter people before we ever thought to celebrate Jesus’ birth. As Easter people, we know that the birth of this child—this child who is both fully human and Emmanuel, God with us—sets in motion a life and ministry that will change the world. Just as we prepare for Holy Week in Lent, we are invited to prepare for the Nativity during Advent.
Our theme for Advent and for this Advent devotional is
“Prepare the Way” based on Isaiah 40:3:
A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
How does your family prepare for Christmas? What Advent or Christmas preparation traditions did you have as child, teen, or young adult? In what way do you think the world needs to prepare for the rehearsal of the Christmas story once again? On our faith journeys, part of that preparation may include: recognizing our need for relationship with God, celebrating God’s desire to be in relationship with us, and opening ourselves to meet Christ—in our hearts, in our prayers, and in the faces of the people we meet each day. Many members of Northminster are sharing their reflections on this theme and these texts. We thank them all so much for sharing their thoughts and talents with us!
On each of the days of Advent, you are invited to read the scriptures that you will find here. Some of these passages don’t seem to have much to do with Christmas or the Nativity, but they are ways we can, through the Holy Spirit, encounter God with us in different ways. After you have read the passages for each day, read the reflection or devotion for each day. As we do this together each day, may God be at work preparing us to encounter the Christ child…and to be transformed.
This is a time of hope, of joy, and opportunity. May we at Northminster be filled with the Spirit in this Holy time!