1. Create a space for your family to gather for your Advent devotions. Set out an Advent Wreath or Christ candle to light when you gather.
2. Sing/Listen to or read the hymn “Come Now, O Prince of Peace” You can find the lyrics of this hymn printed in your family’s Advent devotional booklet. There are many versions of this hymn; here are a few your family may enjoy listening to:
3. Pray, “Dear Lord, we are grateful that your thoughts are not our thoughts, or that our ways are your ways. (say refrain in unison) Your ways are so much higher than ours. You make the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and they do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater. (say refrain in unison) Your Word goes out and it does not return empty; it accomplishes all that you desire.
Help us to be humble peacemakers who trust in you. (say refrain in unison) Free us from worry, fear, anger, grief, and other distractions so we can be your joy-filled helpers spreading peace and wholeness in all of your creation. (say refrain in unison)
“For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12) (say refrain in unison). Amen.”
4. Prepare for the Week. As a family, choose and review the Acts of Service you have committed to do during this season. Remember and celebrate what you did last week, and then prepare for what you have chosen to do this week. We also encourage you to review the prayers on your gift tags as you gather during the week.