While we haven’t yet reached Thanksgiving Day, Advent is now only five days away, beginning this coming Sunday December 1st.
Not ready? You’re not alone. (Although I did warn you!)
But enough with the guilt and shame.
Don’t wait till Thanksgiving Day passes to figure out what you’ll use to prepare your heart and mind for Christmas. It will likely be too late.
If you have a family (married with or without children), here are two excellent Advent resources, both from Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. Both include Scripture readings, songs (with accompanying music), and brief winsome background narratives.
While they were originally published in 2009 and 2010, each individual day is undated, so you can use them any year. I printed them out and put them in flexible red document presenters with a transparent front cover, and give one to each of our kids so they can follow along and participate.
- For Yonder Breaks a New and Glorious Morn! (Daily)— To keep our family in Advent rhythm, this is what we use. It’s not all seven days of the week, but instead five, providing a buffer and some flexibility.
- Born a Child and Yet a King (Weekly) Same concept as above, but in a weekly format.
A final note: Bruce Benedict of Cardiphonia was the primary creator of these Advent resources. He and his team produce excellent theologically sound and creative worship resources that I highly commend. If you’re the pastor of a church, you should familiarize yourself with them.