Officially Advent starts next Sunday, but I wanted to answer a few questions and provide you with some idea of what to expect. There is no “right way” to do Advent, but I would like to offer you some suggested practices that will make this Advent season more meaningful. Feel free to use this guide or adapt it for your Advent practice this year.
What to Expect
Each morning when you wake up a new devotion will be waiting for you. I will set these to go “Live” at 12:01am so no matter how early you wake up it will be here for you.
The structure will be the same each day and you should expect each devotion to take between 15-20 minutes.
Each devotion will follow a familiar format:
- Opening Story
- Bible Reading
- Application of Story and Bible
- Lighting of the Advent Wreath
- Advent Song* and Prayer**
*Each week will have a different song. This song will match the theme of the week.
**We will use the same Advent Prayer every day throughout Advent Season.
- Set aside 30 minutes each night for your advent practice. Just before bedtime is perfect as you can turn out all the lights except for your Christmas Tree.
- Sing the songs out loud, no matter your skill level.
- Read the devotion ahead of time in case you need to modify anything for younger children. (Note: There is nothing objectionable, however, the concepts of Hope and Peace in particular will contain references to real world events that you may not want to discuss with your younger children. All devotions should be appropriate for anyone Middle School age and above.)
- Say the prayer out loud as a family.
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