SERIES + DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

The arrival of Jesus was one of the greatest prophetic fulfillments in all biblical history. We invite you to not only join us for this series, but to engage with the Gospel at home during this season. Below, you will see two devotions per week that go along with the message theme with material for both adults and kids. For devotion two, you will notice an option specific to families with younger kids. We pray your devotion times will help you discover the beauty of Christ in this season.

We thank YouVersion, the bible project and lifeway Christian publishing resources for the development of this sharable content.


WEEK 1

It's the first week of Advent and our Arrival series. Prepare your heart to engage in worship and a wonderful word on the Hope of this season.

WEEK 2

Make sure to bring your favorite hot beverage mug! If you don’t have one, we got you! Be prepared to enjoy a delicious hot cocoa bar, wonderful worship, and message on Peace.

WEEK 3

Adults, come decked out in your favorite ugly sweater, and the kiddos can come in their coziest pajamas. We will also be having pictures with Santa as well as a Candy Bar after service.

WEEK 4

Join us for a Candlelight service. Our kids will be featured in our service this week, and it's a great opportunity to invite friends and family to experience the message of Jesus. After service, we'll have an apple cider bar and some snowball fun!

Video

Questions

    • What was your favorite part of the video?
    • Why is HOPE so important?
    • What can you do this week to demonstrate HOPE? 

Prayer

Lord, we turn our hearts to You as Christmas approaches. Let us not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season this year and miss the chance to celebrate the gift of HOPE that You sent to us on that first Christmas over 2000 years ago. Help us demonstrate (list of some of the things you mentioned above) Your HOPE this upcoming week. — Amen 


Devotion

Take some time and read the following Scriptures:

    • Isaiah 8:17, Psalms 130:5-7, Psalms 39:7, 1 Peter 1:3-4

Ask the question:

    • What stands out to you as you read these verses?

Devotion (For Kids K-6th)

Click the link below for the Devotional Guide:

Prayer

Every word in Scripture points to the gift of HOPE we have because of Your Son, Jesus. We know the Christmas story wasn’t the beginning of the HOPE message because the Old Testament is full of glimpses of Your plan to redeem Your people and restore them into relationship with You. Still, we can truly begin to see and understand just how extraordinary Your love for us is when we read the story of Jesus’ birth in Scripture. — Amen 

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Video

Questions

    • What was your favorite part of the video?
    • Why is PEACE so important?
    • What can you do this week to demonstrate the PEACE of God?
    • Who can you invite to next week's service?  

Prayer

Father, we thank You for Your PEACE. Help us to understand this constant, available gift we have in Your Son. Make Your PEACE a tangible experience in our hearts. Never have we needed Your PEACE more than now. Thank You for the gift of Jesus, our Immanuel, the Word made flesh. You know how much we need Your PEACE. We declare that we have it in Christ. — Amen


Devotion

Take some time and read the following Scriptures:

    • Isaiah 9:5-6. John 14:27, Rom. 5:1-2, Eph. 2:14-15, Col. 1:19-20

Ask the question:

    • What stands out to you as you read these verses?

Devotion (For Kids K-6th)

Click the link below for the Devotional Guide:

Prayer

Father, You’ve promised PEACE for the anxious and acceptance for the broken hearted—not just at Advent, but every day of every year. Your Name is still called “Wonderful Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” and “The Prince of Peace.” We know that PEACE on earth can only come when hearts find PEACE with You. You are no longer a baby in the manger. You are King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And we still celebrate You as Lord—this Christmas and always. — Amen

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Video

Questions

    • What was your favorite part of the video?
    • Why is LOVE so important?
    • What can you do this week to demonstrate the LOVE of God?

Prayer

Father, thank You for loving us so much that You gave Your Son for us, even before we loved You. Even before we were loveable, You died for all our sins because we're worth it to You. Thank You for inviting us into Your family. Let us share and show this kind of love to our neighbors as a reflection of You.  Help us to demonstrate (list off some of the things you discussed from the above question) as a representation of You. — Amen


Devotion

Take some time and read the following Scriptures:

    • Luke 6:31, Mark 12:31, Deu. 6:5, Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:9, 4:11

Ask the question:

    • What stands out to you as you read these verses?

Devotion (For Kids K-6th)

Click the link below for the Devotional Guide:

Prayer

Father, for all of us who are brothers and sisters in faith, please help us to love one another in perfect harmony. Help us to see every person the same way that You see them. Help us to love them the way that You love them — even when they don’t love us backPlease show us how to walk continually in Your love, that perfect love which casts out fear. We love You. — Amen

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Video

Questions

    • What was your favorite part of the video?
    • Why is JOY so important?
    • What can you do this week to demonstrate the JOY of God?

Prayer

Father, thank You for the JOY that entered the world when Jesus was born. Thank you for becoming God with us. Father, sometimes it’s difficult to live JOYfully, especially in difficult or busy seasons. Let us remember back to the days before we knew You, the days without the JOY of Christ in us. Today, we choose to rejoice as we embrace all that comes with this season. We don’t deny the grief or sadness we experience, but we embrace the JOY of Christ through those times. — Amen


Devotion

Take some time and read the following Scriptures:

    • Psalms 105:43, Isaiah 51:11, Luke 2:10, 10:21, Phil. 1:25, 3:1 

Ask the question:

    • What stands out to you as you read these verses?

Devotion (For Kids K-6th)

Click the link below for the Devotional Guide:

Prayer

Father, thank You for purifying our hearts and reminding us that You’re in control. Help us to consider it JOY when we experience trials of any kind because we know You’re creating something beautiful and eternal in us. As we fix our eyes and hearts on You, we thank You that You are faithful to fill our souls with renewed strength, courage, and hope. Father, You are always worthy of being praised – and we want to worship You! — Amen

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