Advent is a time of dual anticipation. As we wait for the birth of Christ celebrated at Christmas, we also wait for the second coming of the son of God, for Jesus’ return.
In the midst of preparing ourselves for Christmas, as we purchase gifts and fill our homes with festive decorations, it is easy to forget that the living God also asks us to prepare the way for Christ’s return. This is a great promise, but also a great challenge.
How might we prepare for Jesus’ return?
How would we want Christ to find us?
How might we build the Kingdom of God here on earth today as a sign and a prophecy of the Kingdom to come?
The following prayers and reflections are intended to aid our preparations through Advent. Each week focuses on a different way we might prepare for the coming of Christ, and provides stories, prayers and actions based on the lectionary readings for Advent. You may wish to use them for your own personal study, for group bible studies, or perhaps to guide sermons you may be writing during Advent.
Download our Advent Resources by Week
Week 1 – Welcoming Refugees
Week 2 – Bringing Peace
Week 3 – Good news for the Poor
Week 4 – The Lowly Shall be Lifted Up