Sunday, December 24th (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

 Art for Advent 2017: The Image of God Photograph by Alexa Wilson

Art for Advent 2017: The Image of God
Photograph by Alexa Wilson


“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”
(Revelation 21:3)


Silence


Word Made Flesh | John 1:1-14

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.


As You Pray Today

Pray for fellowship with the coming Jesus / for spiritual renewal and refreshment.


Let Us Pray

Living God, I confess the slant of my heart to hate you and my neighbor. But that sounds so harsh—I’m not that bad, am I God? Yet if I am brutally honest I see that I’m in deeper than I dare admit, unless I am born again by your Spirit. Fill me with the greater hope this Advent season that in Christ’s love I am on my way to new life. In the Savior’s name, Amen.


Blessing: Based on Luke 1:68

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people.


We pray that this Advent season will be a blessed time for you and your household as we remember Christ's first coming into this world as a child, and look with expectation to the day of his return to make all things new.


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For those interested in having music to accompany your time spent with this devotional, we’ve curated two Advent playlists: one on Spotify and one on Apple Music. We hope you enjoy them.


This reading plan is adapted from Jerram Barrs's Advent devotionals
and Seeking God's Face by Philip F. Reinders.