Mennonite Church USA is providing a free Advent at Home devotional. “We Wait for Jesus” materials use daily and weekly Scripture readings, prayers and activities for home-based worship.
“We Wait for Jesus” focuses on the traditional Advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love. The devotional provides resources for seven weeks, beginning with the first Sunday of Advent through Epiphany (Nov. 29-Jan. 6).
Shana Peachey Boshart, MC USA denominational minister for faith formation, said the devotional is designed to be accessible to all ages. A flexible menu of activities allows worshipers to choose those best suited for their household.
This year’s devotional was written by Talashia Keim Yoder, pastor of Christian formation at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind.
“As a parent and as a pastor, I have gotten to see firsthand the difference that celebrating Advent can make,” she said. “The story of Jesus’ birth takes on deeper meaning and becomes internalized when the weeks leading up to Christmas aren’t just for cookie baking, present buying and running around to celebrations and concerts.”
Keim Yoder encourages pastors and leaders to share Advent at Home with everyone in their congregations.
“At a moment of time when many of our congregations feel distant, a common practice and resource can bring us together,” she said. “In our own messy, unpredictable time, we can take comfort in the knowledge that the same God who walked with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem walks with us into our own unknown future.”