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

Advent Week 4, Day 1

Last week we looked briefly at the spiritual discipline of discernment: being aware of God and his guidance as we choose what truly matters. Today as we consider Mary the mother of Jesus, we see another spiritual discipline: surrender. This is accepting God’s plan and moving into his will—which often involves letting a few things … Continue reading Advent Week 4, Day 1

Advent Week 2, Day 4

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) These are familiar words. Let’s define them. (See end of post for sources) Wonderful: admirable, distinguished. Every time this word is used in scripture, … Continue reading Advent Week 2, Day 4