We can also give to God the sadness that many may be feeling as many of us will need to observe the holiday season differently this year. 2020 Advent Devotional Booklet (November 29 - December 24, 2020) In light of a particularly troubling year, you’re invited to reclaim a spirit of peace this Advent season. We can give thanks to the Lord for canceling out fear and hopelessness with the sacrifice of his Son and promise of eternal life when we believe. The fourth candle of Advent is called the “Angel Candle” and symbolizes peace. We pray that the lost turn to you and find an unshakable peace that nothing else in this world can offer. Circle of Days offers succinct commentary on the readings for each Sunday and Holy Day that together form the core of our liturgical life in Christian community. “Christian community is the place where we keep the flame of hope alive among us and take it seriously so that it can grow and become stronger in us.”   —Henri Nouwen. Understanding History, Origin and TraditionsThe History of Santa Claus: Origin of St. Nicholas & Christmas TraditionsBeautiful and Inspiring Christmas Prayers, The Beautiful Meaning and Purpose of AdventAdvent Wreath & Candles - Understanding the History, Meaning, and TraditionThe History and Meaning of the Advent Calendar. Based on year C scriptures, including two Christmas Eve/Day options. This year we begin advent on November 29th and end this season of prayerful anticipation on December 24th. Restore us, O God;make your face shine on us,that we may be saved. All these readings are offered with the permission of the writers. As I once wrote (in Awaiting the Child: An Advent Journal), it is a time of narrowing down, focusing in as we prepare ourselves to begin the Christian … Three of the candles are purple, 1 is pink, and 1 is white. New for 2020… This year I've also published a set of Advent Season Meditations that are for personal devotional use. This week we focus our hearts on the “Lord of peace” who came down from heaven in the form of a baby. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. I thank you for the peace I have through you. Eugene H. Peterson has written: “Liturgy puts us to work along with all the others who have been and are being put to work in the world by and with Jesus following our spiritually-forming text. It's best to avoid using ordinary matches, as they emit a bad smell. by Sharon Rauenzahn. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”, “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. Advent is the season in which believers eagerly anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. Free Advent Readings for you. Sign in|Report Abuse|Print Page|Powered By Google Sites, by Sharon Rauenzan. Advent time: Devotions for the congregation Are you looking for theologically sound, inspiring and affordable Advent devotions for the congregation? The Advent season is an invitation for us all to choose to set aside the fear and uncertainty that has defined 2020. Below you'll find the links to several sets of Advent Readings. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. Daily Readings for Advent 2020 Source: Two-Year Daily Lectionary (Book of Common Worship) [Year 1] Source: Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings [Year B] SIGN UP BELOW FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT – HOPE Sunday, Nov. 29 First Sunday in Advent … by Sharon Rauenzahn. Advent Grace by Sharon Rauenzan. Advent 2020 is almost upon us. If you don't have a fancy candle-lighter, just use a cigarette lighter. Written in 2019 but too late to publish that year. Not as the world gives do I give to you. The writing of Advent readings offers parishioners a fresh way to express their gift in the worship setting.