Our Advent theme this year is, “Come to the Party.” based on Luke 2:1-20. Let us all celebrate the fullness of Christ in our lives — his hope — his peace — his love — and his joy. This is a wonderful season for our families to take time to draw near to God in Christ Jesus.
Advent is one of the few Christian festivals that can be observed in the home as well as at the church. In its association with Christmas, Advent is a natural time to involve children in activities at home that directly connect with worship at church. In the home, an Advent wreath is often placed on the dining table and the candles lighted at meals, with Scripture readings preceding the lighting of the candles, especially on Sunday. A new candle is lit each Sunday during the four weeks, and then the same candles are lit each meal during the week. In this context, it provides the opportunity for family devotion and prayer together and helps teach the Faith to children, especially if they are involved in reading the daily Scriptures. (Denis Bratcher)
Therefore I challenge you to pick up a family advent devotional and gather around the kitchen table or in the living room and use the month of December to draw near to the God in Christ Jesus as a family.
The goal of such preparation is that all of us would love God more abundantly and celebrate Christ’s birth more richly. Following the Story will enable us all to cherish more thoroughly Jesus, who is born for our redemption, and to spread the Good News of his coming to our neighbours and friends. — Marva J. Daw Follow The Story – Daily Advent Devotions (Kindle Locations 11-15).
11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’ Luke 2 NIVUK