Anticipation. Preparation. Advent is a time for Jesus followers to ready their hearts and lives for Christmas. It is also a time to look forward to the day when the world will be at peace and when justice and compassion will reign.
People celebrate Advent in a number of ways. As a church, we light an Advent candle every week remembering the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. On Christmas Eve, we light the Christ candle, signaling God’s tangible entrance into the world.
This Advent, we encourage you to use this guide to walk you through the scriptures of the Christmas story, to pray, and to reflect as you color a stained-glass depiction of the nativity. The first five days are prophecies about the Messiah found in Old Testament texts, and the remaining days are devoted to the actual telling of the Christmas stories as found in the gospels of Luke and Matthew. On Christmas Eve, you have the opportunity to claim (or claim again) the gift of Jesus as your own. We also invite you to share the story with others by using #MyElDoAdvent in social media and by bringing your completed nativity coloring sheet to display on Christmas Eve.
You can pick up a copy of the 2017 Advent Devotional Guide and Nativity coloring page in the Welcome Center or download a PDF with the links below: