Advent at Woodcreek
Advent, from a Latin word meaning “coming,” is about waiting, expecting, observing, praying, hoping, and preparing for the arrival of Christ. We remember and reflect on the first Advent, Christ’s coming as a human baby, while anxiously anticipating the second coming, Jesus’ return in great power and glory. This is a time of year when we celebrate God, His faithfulness and our salvation.
Observing Advent individually and as a family can restore Jesus to the center of the Christmas celebration.
This year we are providing an Advent devotional from DTS called “Son of God, Son of Man.” These are available while supplies last. Each also includes a family devotional supplement written by Woodcreek’s Children’s Ministry Pastor, Aaron Johnson.
Below are some additional ways to connect to the Advent season. We encourage you to choose the way that best suits your family situation.
The Greatest Gift, by Ann Voskamp
This book unwraps the full love story of Christmas. It’s a treasured reminder that it is Christ and Christ alone who endows Christmas with meaning. Each day includes a downloadable ornament, Scripture passage, devotion and opportunity to reflect and respond.
God is in the Manger, by Deitrich Bonhoeffer
This book is a collection of readings for Advent and Christmas from the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. These daily reflections are timeless and moving reminders of the true meaning of Christmas.
Good News of Great Joy, by John Piper
These 25 brief devotional readings from John Piper are designed to help you keep Jesus as the center and greatest treasure of your Christmas season.
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, by Ann Voskamp
Based on the overwhelming success of The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp has expanded her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree so families can celebrate together. Each day, families can read the provided Scripture passage (in connection with the original book), engage with a specially written devotion to help children of all ages understand the Advent theme for the day, and participate in suggested activities to apply the theme.
Each December, families can celebrate the coming of Jesus by opening the book to see a stunning 13-inch, three-dimensional Jesse Tree pop up from the page. At its foot are 25 doors, one for each day of Advent, which hide meaningful, beautifully detailed ornaments―including the Christmas star―that are ready to be hung on the tree. Also inside is a simple devotional book with a reading for each ornament. Create precious holiday memories with The Wonder of the Greatest Gift pop-up book and recapture the sacredness of the Advent season as you celebrate the epic pageantry of the coming of the Messiah.
We Light the Candles, by Catharine Brandt
This booklet of day-by-day family Advent devotions centers around the Advent wreath and its meaning.
Advent Devotions for Busy Families, by Laurie Ostby Kehler
This book is a simple guide for bringing families together to celebrate and learn about the Reason for the Season. It includes an ornament for each day to copy and color, activities to engage the whole family and Scripture readings for each story.