Advent Devotional Series--Joy

What is joy?  What brings you joy? Where do you find joy?  When have you seen joy in others?  What does it feel like to be missing joy?

Chances are that you have something to say about "Joy!"  First Church seeks your contributions for our upcoming Advent Devotional Series! Please send us Advent devotions under the theme of joy that are meaningful to you.

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We look forward to your contributions leading up to this Advent season!  Submissions will be accepted beginning November 1 on both the church web site and in the main church office.  We appreciate everyone's participation in shaping our church's Advent devotional life.


Christmas Eve--Tuesday, Dec. 24

On Christmas Eve, the purple and pink candles of the Advent Wreath are lighted, completing the circle of light: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love, into which the Chirst Child came into the world.  The white Christ Candle is lighted in the center of the wreath during the worship service to signify the fulfillment of the promised Savior. [ more ]

Advent Preparation: Monday, Dec. 23

"Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me..." [ more ]

Fourth Sunday in Advent--Sunday, Dec. 22

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent we focus on Love.  During our worship service, the first and second purple candles are lighted, next the pink candle, and then the last purple candle of the Advent Wreath. [ more ]

Advent joy during the journey--Saturday, Dec. 21

Mary visits Elizabeth, and they are overjoyed... [ more ]

Advent Joy from Gabriel--Friday, Dec. 20

Gabriel speaks to Mary... [ more ]

Advent Joy from Zechariah--Thursday, Dec. 19

Zechariah and Elizabeth receive God's surprising gift... [ more ]

Advent Joy from the Christmas Pageant Cast--Wednesday, Dec. 18

Immanuel, Immanuel, God is with us...more ]

Advent Joy from Rev. Doug--Tuesday, Dec. 17

"Weeping may linger for the night, but joy..." [ more ]

Advent Joy from Wendy--Monday, Dec. 16

What brings you joy?  [ more ]

Third Sunday in Advent--Sunday, Dec. 15

On the Third Sunday of Advent we focus on Joy.  During our worship service, the First and Second purple candles are lighted and then the pink candle of the Advent Wreath. [ more ]

Advent--A Prayer for Children--Saturday, Dec. 14

God, please hold the children. Please hold the children... [ more ]

Advent Joy from Bryan--Friday, Dec. 13

Birthdays are a form of joy.  Joy for the greatest gift.... [ more ]

Advent Joy the Byers--Thursday, Dec. 12

Beth has a bit of an obsession with nativity sets... [ more ]

Advent Joy from Lorraine--Wednesday, Dec. 11

Lorraine's daughters and son-in-law made this unique crèche from... [ more ]

Advent Joy in Gabriel's Visit--Tuesday, Dec. 10

"The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth..." [ more ]

Advent Joy in Trees, by Rev. Adam--Monday, Dec. 9

"O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, thy leaves are so unchanging!"

Walking through a home improvement store or by a church... [ more ]

Second Sunday in Advent--Sunday, Dec. 8

The Second Sunday of Advent focuses on Peace.  The first purple candle of the Advent Wreath is lighted, and then a second purple candle is lighted during our worship service. [ more ]

Advent Joy from Shannon--Saturday, Dec. 7

"Life is not measured  by the number of breaths we take"... [ more ]

Advent Joys from Ann--Friday, Dec. 6

Advent joys lead to fulfilled Christmas wishes... [ more ]

Advent Joys from Carol--Thursday, Dec. 5

What brings you joy during the season of Advent?  The joy of giving... [ more ]

Advent Joy from the Rotmans--Wednesday, Dec. 4

"God loves all creatures, great and small..."  [ more ]

Advent joys & hope in children--Tuesday, Dec. 3

Children's prayers speak our hopes during the season of Advent... [ more ]

Advent Joys from Church Staff--Monday, Dec. 2

During the season of Advent, we find joy in our ministry and work here at First Church.  Where and when do you experience joy in your work?... [ more ]

First Sunday in Advent--Dec. 1

The First Sunday of Advent focuses on Hope.  The first purple candle of the Advent Wreath is lighted... [ more ]

Sample Advent Devotional on Joy

"Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls." (1 Peter 1:8-9)... [ more ]

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