After reading this post, Sam Duthie, Pastor from Grace Church in Gore, was inspired to share some thoughts that he gleaned from it to inspire you to Christmas devotions.
Christmas and the celebration of the coming of our messiah, saviour and son of God gives us a great opportunity to meditate upon the incarnation of Christ. Where can you turn in the Bible to do this? Here are some great passages and hymns that you can use to keep your self meditating upon the real meaning of Christmas. Why not incorporate them into your family worship or around the dinner table? (Ed. Logan)
The first mention of Advent is found in ancient writings dating back to the sixth century, with some anecdotal mentions as early as AD 380 at the Spanish Council of Saragossa! So not only is it an old Christian practice, but it’s also a very personal one, as churches have adapted the practice to suit their local parishes. So while there’s no authoritative guide to Advent, we can find some commonalities in the ways churches have practiced the observance of Advent throughout history.
Week 1: Hope (or promise)
Week 2: Preparation (or waiting or prophecy)
Week 3: Joy (or peace)
Week 4: Love (or adoration)
Week 4: Optional Fifth Sunday (Christmas Eve): Adoration
John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (NIV)