A prayer service for the fourth week of Advent: Mary and Joseph

Here is a simple prayer to read when you light the fourth candle on your Advent wreath. You can download it and print it (including a simple summary and a coloring picture for children) Advent Week Four Read the bold print in unison. Today we’re reading the familiar story of Mary and Joseph, the couple God … Continue reading A prayer service for the fourth week of Advent: Mary and Joseph

A prayer service for the second week of Advent: Isaiah

Last week we read God’s promises to Abraham that he would bless the whole world through one of Abraham’s descendants. Throughout the Old Testament, God continued to speak his promises, often to prophets—people he chose to proclaim his message. One of these prophets was Isaiah. God gave Isaiah many warnings to share with his nation … Continue reading A prayer service for the second week of Advent: Isaiah

January 6, the Day of the Kings

It’s the twelfth day of Christmas! Today we commemorate the wisemen who visited Jesus. “The Day of the Kings” or “Epiphany” are both historical names for today. Psalm 72:1-14 (links to scriptures here) Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Notes Psalm 72:1-14 looks forward to Jesus reigning on earth as the heir of David’s throne. … Continue reading January 6, the Day of the Kings

New Year’s Week, Day 4

As the new year begins, let’s take a moment to look back at our Advent characters and the spiritual disciplines and attitudes they modelled. Abraham shows us obedience—faith in action. Isaiah recorded God’s message, preserving his experiences with God so that others could read them. John the Baptist models discernment: he was aware of God … Continue reading New Year’s Week, Day 4