Sing a New Song: 2023 Advent Devotional
Join us on a five-week Advent journey: open to disruptions, willing to wait in silence, finding God in the ordinary, and understanding that waiting has value as we prepare to sing a new song at Christmas. The devotional can be used in creative ways: in part or whole, each week or just one. You can invite your family, gather with your small group at church or create an Advent study group to discuss and practice it together. This may also be a great opportunity to share it with a neighbour, friend or co-worker as a part of an invitation to Christmas service at your church. The devotional can be tailored as appropriate for families with very young children.
God is in the Manger: 2023 Advent Study
This study guide, part of the Presbyterians Read series, is designed to accompany the reading of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Advent meditations, God is in the Manger. The guide includes suggested spiritual practices and discussion questions to encourage you to engage in Bonhoeffer’s reflections more deeply.
Advent Liturgies (PWS&D)
Celebrate the birth of Christ with Advent 2023 liturgies produced by Presbyterian World Service & Development. Even in the face of poverty, injustice and disaster, hope, love, peace and joy find a way.
This Advent, Create a Giving Tree!
Advent is a time to celebrate God’s great gift of love by sharing gifts with others.
This Advent, begin or continue a Giving Tree tradition. By hanging ornaments on a giving tree you can celebrate the gifts to Gifts of Change that your congregation is sharing at Christmas in a very real way. Be creative and do what works for your congregation!
Journey to Christmas: 2022 Advent Devotional
A Journey to Christmas explores the stories of Zechariah, Mary, Elizabeth, John, Joseph and the shepherds as they are given the good news of Jesus’ coming and as they experience the miracle of his birth. This devotional booklet includes prayers, reflections and activities for each week of Advent to help families and individuals prepare for Christmas.
Bringing Light into the Darkness: Making Advent Candles at Home
The season of Advent invites us to turn our attention to the light of Christ breaking through in even the most difficult situations in our lives and in the world. One way that we can do this is by engaging in faith traditions that create space for Christ’s light to fill hearts and our homes. Evangeline Keeley, a member of Prairie Presbyterian Church, suggests making beeswax Advent candles as a way of practicing a tradition.
Faith Formation Through Advent Calendars
An Advent calendar resource designed to help Christians prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth through biblical reflection, spiritual practices and everyday faith in action.
Advent Worship Service: Songs of Resistance and Hope
An Advent worship service courtesy of the Women’s Missionary Society.
Longest Night Service: Blue Christmas
During Advent, many churches hold a worship service for those who find Christmas a sad, complicated and difficult time. The Blue Christmas/Longest Night service focuses on Christ overcoming the darkness of loss, suffering and loneliness.
Communion Prayer for Advent
Advent Wreath and Liturgies
An introduction to the Advent wreath, along with some liturgies to use when lighting the Advent candles.
How to Make an Advent Wreath
A video produced by Dr. Tori Smit, Regional Minister for Faith Formation for the Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda, on how to make an Advent wreath for your home.
Getting Ready for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
This resource contains a variety of suggestions to help congregations plan for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.
Travelling Mary and Joseph: An Advent Activity for the Whole Congregation
A resource created by the Rev. Charmila Ireland that provides steps to celebrate “Los Posadas” in congregations and with families.
Ways to Celebrate Advent at Home
In Advent, as the days become shorter and more of our time is spent inside, we are given the opportunity to create traditions that help us experience Christ’s light and love. This resource provides an introduction to Advent traditions that are easy to implement at home and add to the warmth and excitement of the season.
Walk to Bethlehem: An Advent Pilgrimage
Mary and Joseph walked from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born in a manger. This Advent activity invites you to join this journey towards Christmas.
Sample Sermons for Advent: