advent-devotional-2016

Hallelujah

Advent 29 - Hallelujah @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Hallelujah Photo credit: jlwelsh Merry Christmas! Hallelujah, Christ is born! Whether today is busy and chaotic, or quiet and contemplative, may your heart know the love of God. Dear Lord, Supreme Father, On this day of great joy, we worship your name. In this holy time, we give thanks for all we have and all…

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Celebrate

Advent 28 - Celebrate @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Celebrate Photo credit: Suvan Chowdhury from Pexels The waiting is over. The time is here. May the celebrations and festivities of the coming days fill you with joy and peace, may the Holy Spirit grant you hope for the future, and may the love of God shine in and through your life. Dear Lord, Everlasting…

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Worship

Advent 27 - Worship @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Worship Photo credit: stuart anthony Promises from the past and signs in the present led the wise men to seek God and to worship Jesus. Those same promises are shared with us, signs also exist to guide and lead us, and likewise great joy awaits us when we come to worship God. All that remains…

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Embrace

Advent 26 - Embrace @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Embrace Photo credit: Lawrence OP As much as God’s love and the story of Jesus’ birth is all-encompassing, bringing great joy for all people, it is also individually bestowed for you. As it did for Simeon, the Holy Spirit works in each of us. God’s light and peace are yours to embrace. Dear Lord, benevolent…

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Glory

Advent 25 - Glory @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontairio

Glory Photo credit: Pixabay No limits are to be applied when it comes to giving God praise and glory. The awe-inspiring spectacle of a multitude of angels worshipping God can be both our starting point and our aim. Take a moment today to honour and glorify God, even while we attempt to dedicate all the…

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Wonder

Advent 24 - Wonder @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Wonder Photo credit: Art4TheGlryOfGod by Sharon In four short verses, the radical paradox of God’s love is fully displayed. News of majestic importance is announced to ordinary shepherds, while they work. The promised saviour, the messiah, is a baby in a stable. And instead of terror and fear we are to revel in great joy.…

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Deliver

Advent 23 - Deliver @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Deliver Photo credit: Lawrence OP The simplicity of Luke’s words of the birth of Jesus make them easy to rush by; whether dashing off to an appointment or just eager to get to the angels in the next few verses. Today, take a minute to pause and savour them. This most humble beginning is the…

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Love

Advent 22 - Love @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Love Photo credit: Saint Joseph This is ultimately the crux of the Christmas message. Away from the stable and the angels, alongside the shepherds and the kings, God loves us and we are saved. There is no punishing or condemnation, but unexpected, unmerited mercy and forgiveness, born of the most exceptional love. Dear Lord, loving…

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Calling

Advent 21 - Calling @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Calling Photo credit: Karin Dalziel We may be watching the birth of Jesus across a gulf of centuries, but we are not merely to be spectators in this story; in the living out of our Christian faith. God has called us and Jesus commissions us, just as he did to the disciples after his resurrection.…

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Await

Advent 20 - Await @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Await Photo credit: Phil Dolby Advent and Christmas are a time to remember and celebrate the first coming of the Lord – the birth of Jesus – but this is only the first act of the narrative. The exact timing of the second act is unknown, and so throughout our joy must run a worshipful…

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