Advent Resources

The season of Advent is a time of expectant waiting and anticipation as we prepare our hearts to celebrate Jesus' birth. During the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, beginning November 29, our worship services will focus on the themes of hope, love, joy, and peace. We invite you to join us as we remember God's faithfulness and look forward to celebrating the coming of our Savior. Click HERE for information on our worship services.


Celebrating Advent is not limited to Sunday mornings; we encourage you to continue the celebration in your homes as well. We have compiled a wide variety of resources including daily devotionals for adults and families, and activity books for children of all ages. All are highly recommended and beautiful reminders of the real reason we celebrate Christmas. We have sample copies of most resources in the church office so you can check them out in person. The complete list is below.

Family Resources

  • the greatest gift: unwrapping the full love story of christmas

    by Ann Voskamp

    This family devotional, with a daily reading from December 1st to 25th, celebrates the lineage and majesty of God's greatest gift to us - His Son, Jesus Christ - through the timeless Advent tradition of the "The Jesse Tree." Each day features its own exquisite ornament highlighting the Biblical story (free download of each of the 25 ornaments available from Voskamp's website, annvoskamp.com ).

     

    Beginning with Jesse, the father of David, The Greatest Gift retraces the epic pageantry of mankind, from Adam to the Messiah, with each day's profound reading pointing to the coming promise of Christ, so that come Christmas morning you find that the season hasn't blurred past you but your heart's fully unwrapped the greatest gift you've always yearned for.


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.

  • the wonder of the greatest gift: an interactive family celebration of advent

    by ann voskamp

    Based on her book Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp expands her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree with this beautiful keepsake that can be handed down and enjoyed for generations.


    Each December, families can celebrate the coming of Jesus by opening the book to see a stunning 13-inch, three-dimensional Jesse Tree pop up from the page. At its foot are 25 doors, one for each day of Advent, which hide meaningful, beautifully detailed ornaments―including the Christmas star―that are ready to be hung on the tree.


    Also inside is a simple devotional book with a reading for each of the 25 ornaments.


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.

  • come let us adore him: a daily advent devotional

    by paul david tripp


    This year, don't let Christmas sneak up on you again.


    The wonder and awe of the Christmas season can easily get overshadowed by lights, tinsel, bows, and paper--not to mention last-minute trips to the mall and visits to the in-laws. In all the hustle and bustle, we often lose sight of what's most important. This book of daily readings for the month of December by best-selling author Paul David Tripp will help you slow down, prepare your heart, and focus on what matters most: adoring our Savior, Jesus.


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.

  • unwrapping the Names of jesus: an advent devotional

    by asheritah ciuciu

    In Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, Asheritah Ciuciu leads readers through the four weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love). Each week:

    • Begins with an interactive family devotional that equips readers to celebrate Advent together
    • Offers five daily reflections that focus on that week's name of Jesus
    • Includes suggestions for fun-filled family activities or service projects

    This devotional can be used by readers in their own personal worship times or as a tool to engage in family worship during the busy holiday season. Either way, participants will gain a greater sense of awe and wonder at who Jesus is. By focusing on the person and character of Jesus throughout the Advent season, readers will prepare their hearts so that when they admire the live nativity, sit in the candlelight service, or wake up on Christmas morning, they can join the faithful who sing from the bottom of their hearts, "O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!"


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.

  • The way to the manger: a family advent devotional

    by jeff and abbey land

    Christmas is a chaotic time of year. With so much focus on material gifts and the anticipation of a certain jolly visitor, parents may easily feel their children are missing the true meaning of Christmas as they count down the days until December 25.

    The Way to the Manger engages families with the biblical truth of Christmas through twenty-five Advent devotions that redirect children and families to their need for a Savior and the amazing gift of Jesus Christ. Sure to become a keepsake that is revisited year after year, this book also provides talking points and activities for families to enjoy together, bringing the focus of Christmas back to Jesus and family time.


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.

  • Names of jesus ornament book

    with advent devotionals

    This Names of Jesus ornament book is a fun, meaningful way to get the entire family involved with Christmas decorating while learning about Jesus, the true meaning of Christmas. This unique board book contains seven beautiful silver foil stamped snowflake ornaments with iridescent glitter. Each ornament features a different name of Jesus alongside heart-warming advent devotions and scriptures that tell the Christmas story, while explaining the deeper meaning in His names. It's an excellent way to help the little people in your life no matter their age understand the real meaning of Christmas while creating a lasting family tradition.


    The 7 ornaments and devotions can be used the seven days up to Christmas or could be used weekly during advent. Simply pop out the die-cut ornaments. Then add strings or hooks so you can hang them on anything from a Christmas tree to holiday garland! At the end of the Christmas season, simply place the ornaments back into the book and easily pack away for next year! Not only does this make a perfect family time Christmas activity, it s a keepsake you'll look forward to using every year and eventually hand down to your children as they start their own holiday family traditions.


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.

  • journey to the manger advent calendar

    Take your family on a fun-filled journey to the manger this Christmas season! Learn more about Bible characters related to the Nativity and help teach your children about the true meaning of Christmas. Dive into each day of Advent with interactive devotions and activities that will engage the entire family. Packed full of fun activities, Journey to the Manger Advent Calendar includes an Advent poster, 25 Bible character stickers, 25 faith activities, 25 readings, kids’ puzzles, and more!


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.

  • adventures in odyssey: advent activity calendar

    Take the time this Christmas season to connect with your kids in a meaningful way while enjoying a very special Advent in Odyssey. Prepare for Christmas with 25 Adventures in Odyssey activities, devotions, and prayers. Cut out and decorate the paper craft Odyssey town and make your own Whit and Eugene characters. This Christmas start a new family tradition!


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.

Adult Resources

  • the christmas we didn't expect: daily devotionals for advent

    by david mathis

    Life is full of unexpected twists and turns and this has been particularly so in 2020.


    But the most unexpected and significant event in the history of the world actually happened over 2000 years ago when God himself became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ.


    These Advent reflections, written by David Mathis, help us to lift our eyes to wonder of the incarnation and worship the one who came to save us and make our futures certain.


    Be amazed once more by the unexpected details of Jesus' unique birth and saving work with these short daily devotions and prayers, and renew your worship of our humble, generous and loving Savior.


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.

  • love came down at christmas: daily readings for advent

    by sinclair b ferguson

    Love is at the heart of Christmas.


    It's the reason behind all our gathering and gift-giving at this time of year. In this Advent devotional, Dr Sinclair B Ferguson refreshes our hearts as we reflect on the source it all – love incarnate, Jesus Christ.


    Over the course of December, this devotional walks through 1 Corinthians 13 phrase-by-phrase, showing us that "love is" the Lord Jesus himself.


    Sinclair Ferguson brings the rich theology of the incarnation to life with his trademark warmth and clarity. Drawing on stories from the Gospels, we'll see what "love" looked like in the life of Christ, and be challenged us to love like him during the Christmas season. Each day's reading finishes with carols and hymns for reflection and prayer.


    However you're feeling weary or frantic, lonely or love sick, your heart will be refreshed as you wonder again at the truth that love came down at Christmas in the person of Jesus Christ.


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.

  • come, thou long expected jesus: experiencing the peace and promise of christmas

    Join Christians Past and Present in Celebrating the Promise of Christmas


    Between purchasing presents and planning travel, enjoying holiday pageants and attending parties, it is all too easy for Christmas to sneak up on people and crowd out a quiet anticipation of the season’s truths. So when editor Nancy Guthrie decided she wanted a reflective book of Advent readings that would help her pause and consider the riches of Christ come to earth, she embarked on what she calls “a sacred adventure,“ putting together such a collection herself.


    The result—this special volume—draws from the works and sermons of classic theologians such as Whitefield, Calvin, Luther, Spurgeon, and Augustine, and from leading contemporary communicators such as John Piper, J. Ligon Duncan, Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, Francis Schaeffer, R. C. Sproul, R. Kent Hughes, Alistair Begg, Tim Keller, Skip Ryan, and Joni Eareckson Tada to beckon you and your family into the wonder of Jesus’ incarnation and birth.


    With its high view of Scripture and its focus on the gift of Jesus, this lovely book is sure to ready your heart and mind for a fresh experience of “Immanuel, God with us” this and every Advent season Open the cover and rediscover what Christmas was meant to be ...


    Includes 22 Readings for Advent


    Available on Amazon and christianbook.com.