Lent begins February 14, 2018 this year! Click here to access the Lent devotional booklet put together by our team. Take this resource and share it with your family, friends, or community group as we await Easter.
The 2017 Advent workbook is here: click here to access it!
Advent is the period of time leading up to Christmas. The season has been honored since the earliest points of church history. Traditionally, the season would be marked with language of exile and waiting, saving the triumphant carols for after Christmas day. It is a time for us to wait, to look ahead. It is a time of hope. But it is also a season of unfulfilled promises, and reckoning with God in the waiting.
As I’ve reflected on this season, I’ve thought about what it signifies for our spiritual lives. We live in an age of instant gratification. Everything seems to be constantly getting faster, from the newest phone, to our Amazon orders, to our internet connections. Fast is the new black. We want it, and we want it now. That’s the reality of a consumerist culture.
Advent calls us to something different—to disengage from the bigger, faster, stronger machine. We have an opportunity to join with the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us in waiting for promises to be fulfilled. We have the opportunity to savor the “not yet.” We have the opportunity to stick with hope.
Our theme this year for our daily Advent devotional is Companionship. As you go through this devotional, by yourself, with your friends, community group, spouse or family, our prayer is that we would consider the ideas of togetherness and family (both chosen and genetic). How can we grow together? How can we be together? How can we hope together?
Grace and peace,
Association Pastor, Community Groups and Spiritual Formation
As we journey through Luke together this summer in our gatherings, we have compiled this resource to complement that time. Read these selections slowly out loud, either as an individual, as a family, or in a community group. Use this space to record what the Holy Spirit reveals to you from your time in prayer.