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Week #1 Advent Devotions For Families with School Age Children & Youth

Candle - Week 1Here is the first installation of the Advent Devotions that I created… let me preface this with saying that they are designed to be used with an Advent Wreath… my congregation makes them every year from fresh greens. Your family may have one of their own that you traditionally use, which would be great! If you don’t have and Advent Wreath, get 5 Pillar Candles… they can be in any colors you want, but traditionally Advent Candles are either 3 Blue Candles (For 1st, 2nd, & 4th weeks); 1 Purple Candle (For 3rd Week); & 1 White or Red Candle (For Christmas Eve & Christmas Day) Or 3 Purple & 1 Pink… any 5 candles will be effective for these devotions.

These were created for families but can be used individually as well.  I would encourage anyone using them to keep a journal of responses and look back over the entire Advent Season and how you felt on any given day. Each Sunday has it’s own Devotion.  The weekly devotion is the same each day because it is meant to reinforce and repeat concepts. (Again, designed with families and children in mind).

I would love to have any feedback, especially at the end of the season! I plan to write them each Liturgical Year for both Advent and Lent and feedback is crucial in the development process!

Blessings to you this Advent Season!!!

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FOR FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN & YOUTH

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT:

Opening Prayer:

Gracious God, As our nights grow longer and our days grow short, we look on these earthly signs – light and green branches—and remember God’s promise to our world: Christ, our Light and our Hope, will come.  Give us strength to wait for your coming and hope to know that you are near.  Keep us alert and vigilant.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Listen to the words of the Prophet Jeremiah:

“The days are surely coming says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.  In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety.  And this name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’”

Candle Lighting:

Speak these words while lighting the first candle:
O God, rejoicing, we remember the promise of your Son.  As the light from this candle, may the blessing of Christ come upon us, brightening our way and guiding us by his truth.  May Christ our Savior bring life into the darkness of our world, and to us, as we wait for his coming.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Share:

Your High’s & Low’s for the day.

Read:

Luke 21: 25 – 36

Talk:

How does the Gospel relate to our High’s & Low’s?

Pray:  Heavenly Father, you provide good and gracious gifts to us as signs of your redeeming love and of your imminent coming. Help us to share these gifts with others and to receive them with a grateful heart.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Bless: Child of God, the time is drawing near, look to the heavens, be patient and wait.

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WEEK 1 NIGHTLY DEVOTIONS:

Opening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we light one candle and we set our sights on the heavens in hope and anticipation of Jesus Christ, born to set us free.  Shine upon us with the hope of everlasting life.  In his name we pray, Amen.

Candle Lighting:

Speak these words while lighting the first candle:
O Emmanuel, Jesus Christ, desire of every nation, Savior of all peoples, come and dwell among usAmen.

Share:

Your High’s & Low’s for the day.

Read:

Luke 21: 25 – 36

Talk:

How does the Gospel relate to our High’s & Low’s?

Pray:  Heavenly Father, you provide good and gracious gifts to us as signs of your redeeming love and of your imminent coming. Help us to share these gifts with others and to receive them with a grateful heart.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Bless:  Child of God, the time is drawing near, look to the heavens, be patient and wait.

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From Advent Devotions for Families with School Age Children & Youth – Lectionary Year C by Ariel Williams
Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

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I spent most of my life living in the great Pacific Northwest (Oregon). I went to college in South Carolina. I have also lived in Arkansas, North Carolina, kind of Virginia, Texas, & currently Pennsylvania. I’m a single-mom of two amazing children (aka – “The Things”) who keep life very interesting! I’m a pastor-in-training. The snark is fiercely strong with me! #Javaluia #VivaMoreCoffee

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