Advent 2017

 Preparing for the coming of Jesus

Family Devotional:
Prayers, Readings and
Lighting the Advent Wreath

Week 1: Hope (purple)

Week 2: Peace (purple)

Week 3Joy (rose)

Week 4: Love (purple)

Christmas Eve: Christ (white)

1st Week of Advent

A family member lights the first candle of the Advent wreath.

Then someone leads the family in the following:
Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Rejoice, the Lord is at hand! Come, Lord Jesus. AMEN.

Someone leads a Bible Reading from among the following:
Sunday: Mark 13:24-37

Monday: 1 Thessalonians 1
Tuesday:   1 Thessalonians 2
Wednesday: 1 Thessalonians 3
Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 4
Friday: 1 Thessalonians 5
Saturday: 2 Thessalonians 1

All: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Leader: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Leader: The almighty and merciful Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless us and keep us. AMEN.

**Prayer transforms us**
This day/week what are things we are doing, saying, thinking that prepare us for the coming birth of Jesus Christ?