Devotional Subject: Advent

Devotional Subject: Advent

"Finish, then, Thy new creation!"

Richard L. Floyd

It is humbling to imagine that we have some part to play in the completion of God's work.


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Advent (from Latin, adventus, meaning "coming towards") is a four-week season of preparation for Christmas. The First Sunday of Advent (November 30) marks the beginning of the church's year.

Advent and Christmas focus both on the past--the coming of Jesus as an infant born into poverty in Bethlehem, and the future--the coming of Christ in glory to fulfill God's loving purposes for humanity. This past and future orientation is reflected in the readings appointed in the church for each Sunday of Advent.

Advent this year comes at a time of anxiety and hope. Many of us are struggling and are afraid for our future. It's not easy to hope when times are bad. Mary, as she waited for the birth of her child into an uncertain world, knew how to live with hope--to believe the promises of God. So Advent is a time when we wait, with Mary, for the birth of new life into a world living in the shadows of death.


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"These accompaniments, played on gorgeous instruments by gifted artists, will not only meet the needs of congregations currently without a resident musician, they will also creatively enhance many other ministries and programs of the church…I remember, for example, my home communion visits as a pastor. How wonderful it would have been to take with me the cherished music of the church that had always been such an important part of their life.” --John Thomas, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ

Hymn numbers and titles are from the The New Century Hymnal

Sunday, November 29
First Sunday of Advent

Seasons of the Spirit Theme: Sign of Things to Come

The New Century Hymnal
See “Advent” 101-123

345 – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
35 – O Mighty God, When I Survey in Wonder
103 – Watcher Tell Us of the Night
112 – Keep Awake, Be Always Ready
609 – Now is the Time Approaching

Sunday, December 6
Second Sunday of Advent

Seasons of the Spirit Theme: Make Ready

The New Century Hymnal
Page 733 – Canticle of Zechariah
110 – Now Bless the God of Israel
115 – The Baptist Shouts on Jordan’s Shore
120 – There’s a Voice in the Wilderness
121 – Toda la Tierra
43 – Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Page 740 – O Wisdom, Breathed from God

Sunday, December 13
Third Sunday of Advent

Seasons of the Spirit Theme: Look Forward

The New Century Hymnal
586 – Come to Tend God’s Garden
404 – Give Up Your Anxious Pains
88 – Pero Queda Christo
55, 71 – Rejoice, You Pure in Heart
506 – What a Friend We Have in Jesus
109 – With Joy Draw Water

Sunday, December 20
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Seasons of the Spirit Theme: Moving With Mary's Song

The New Century Hymnal
Page 732 – Canticle of Mary
123 – Mary, Woman of the Promise
15 – My Heart is Overflowing
106 – My Heart Sings Out with Joyful Praise
119 – My Soul Gives Glory to My God
122 – Come, O Long-Expected Jesus
113 – Little Bethlehem of Judah
133 – O Little Town of Bethlehem