Advent Hope

How about your congregation? Between the gray days and lack of sun to the uptick of Covid 19 cases and political news, this advent we all need an extra dose of hope. Right?! Check out some ways below you can encourage and inspire hope into your congregation and into your community:

Photo Credit to Vicki McClusky

Delivering Hope: Plan a neighborhood walkabout! Stuff bags with devotionals, candles, church information, and a bendable Jesus! Gather a group of people, mask up, and deliver some good hope to your neighbors.

Build a Sign of Hope: Use your church building to be a beacon of hope. Physically make a sign of hope to inspire and to encourage people in their daily drive or walk that the promised hope of God is with them.

Reading Hope: Free devotionals are available for households. Share one of these with your families: All I Want for Christmas, P.S. Season’s Greetings, or A Christmas Story Composition.

Light a Candle for Hope: Hold a drive thru Advent Sunday, and give each car a candle and devotional mat. Encourage them to light the candle each evening for hope in the world! Here is the Advent Candle Time devotional mat:

DIY Hope Wreath: Encourage your households to build a DIY Hope Advent Wreath. Use whatever materials are available from home: sand art, candles, tin cans, wreaths, or even cut your own branches! Endless possibilities.

Each Sunday, light a candle, and read the prayers below:

Sunday, November 29 – Expected Hope

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, creator of the universe. You call all people to wait expectantly for the arrival of your divine hope to be born, so that we may be a hope filled people with hearts full of your gracious love for our friends and family, for the night is past, and the dawn of your coming is near.

Let us pray: Come, O come to us, gracious God, as we wait expectantly for the arrival of your divine hope. Amen.

Sunday, December 6 – Promised Hope

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, creator of the universe. You call all people to anticipate the arrival of your promised hope, so that we may be a hope filled people with hearts full of your gracious love for our neighbors near and far, for the night is past, and the dawn of your coming is near.

Let us pray: Come, O come to us, gracious God, as we wait and anticipate your promised hope. Amen.

Sunday, December 13 – Everlasting Hope

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, creator of the universe. You call all people to believe in your everlasting hope, so that we may be a hope filled people with hearts full of your gracious love for all eternity, for the night is past, and the dawn of your coming is near.

Let us pray: Come, O come to us, gracious God, as we believe in your everlasting hope. Amen.

Sunday, December 20 – Proclaimed Hope

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, creator of the universe. You call all people to hear the announcement of your proclaimed hope, so that we may be a hope filled people with hearts full of your gracious love for the world, for the night is past, and the dawn of your coming is near.

Let us pray: Come, O come to us, gracious God, as we hear the announcement of your proclaimed hope to the world. Amen.

You can also print these off:

Whatever you do this Advent season, inspire, encourage, and speak words of hope to people in your congregation, in your family, and into the world.

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