Recommendations from Pastor Mitchel
Unwrapping the Names of Jesus
Our family ministries and women’s ministry have recommended this devotional over the last two years. What’s not to love about spending Advent focusing on Jesus through the various names he is given? She also begins with a very grace-oriented introduction to Advent that I think is worth the price of the book.
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
This devotional is a collection of reflections by a number of well-known and respected Christian leaders throughout the 20th century. While I wish its pool of authors were more diverse, the content is solid and works as a good supplement to your Advent Bible readings.
Advent and Christmas
This is a very simple devo. For some of you who need a bit more structure, it will leave you feeling wanting, but that’s the secret sauce of just about anything Henri Nouwen has written. What at first glance seems short, becomes all the more sweet as you reflect on it. A great first Advent devo if you’ve not done one before.
Waiting on the Word
This is the one that I’m using for Advent 2020. I just took an online Zoom course called, “Poetry and the Spiritual Imagination” with Malcom Guite, who curated these classic poems. Just flipping through it, there’s a couple of powerful passages that take the significance of the Incarnation to a new level for me. I’ll do this alongside my Advent Bible reading.
Recommendation from Rena Tolson, Connections Director
Every year Ruth Haley Barton provides an Advent reflections through her ministry of The Transforming Center. This year, she leads us through the revised common lectionary readings, Cycle B, which have to do with asking God to Revive Us, to Restore Us, and to Reveal more fully the Good News contained within the coming of Jesus Christ, the Incarnation. We all need this good news in the midst of the harsh realities of our world. Enjoy these reflections and readings as Ruth shares with us her deep belief that God is waiting to Revive and Restore us, as we take the Advent journey together.
Recommendation from Nathanael Whisman, Middle School Director
Joy to the World
Grace Students! Grab your advent devotional – Joy to the World by John Piper. In this devotional we will dive deep into text that illuminates the beauty of God made incarnate (flesh) and how this impacts our lives today. These are available for you to pick up (for free!) on the following days:
- Sunday | Nov. 22 // 11:15A -3P
- Monday – Friday | Nov. 23-Nov.27 // 10A – 2P
- Sunday | Nov. 29 // 11:15A – 1P
Choose your Advent devotional – What works for your family?
Grace Kids is here to walk side by side with you and give you what you need to prepare your hearts and your child’s heart for Christmas. We have three different options for you to choose from – choose the one that works best for you and your family. And don’t worry if you skip a day … or a week! Just try your best and more importantly, lean on the strength of the Holy Spirit!
OPTION A: ADVENT ADVENTURES
This is a great option for those who are celebrating Advent for the first time, or for those who have little little ones. This option has 15 days worth of activities for you to do with your kids. We have an Advent Adventure Kit prepared for you – all you need is a nativity set. And don’t forget to register to pick up your kit!
GK Advent Adventure
Grace Kids Advent Adventure (free & we provide all the necessary resources for families — except the plastic nativity set)
OPTION B: THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE
This devotional is great for K-5th graders who want something for each day of Advent. Our kit also includes ornaments for your kids to color and add to your tree, a devotional guide, and candy canes! Purchase of the storybook bible is required.
Register to pick up your kit!
The Jesus Storybook Bible
Take a journey of wonder through The Jesus Storybook Bible this Advent as you trace the beautiful story of God’s great love for us -– from the very beginnings of the universe, to the birth of the baby who would rescue the whole world.
Jesus Storybook Bible (families need to buy), ornaments printed on cardstock; “How to Use this devotional”, brown kraft bags, 4 candy canes per bag
OPTION C: JOTHAM’S JOURNEY
This option is for our older kids; Jotham’s Journey provides 25 days of reading for our 3rd-8th graders. Learn more about the Jotham’s Journey Christmas series here and you can purchase the book via the link below!
Over and over Jotham screamed for his family, but there was no one to hear him. They had vanished. He was alone. Where had they gone? How long ago had they left? Through quick, stabbing sobs Jotham told himself, “I must look for my family, I must search until I find them.”
And so his journey begins. In this widely popular, exciting story for the Advent season, readers follow ten-year-old Jotham across Israel as he searches for his family. Though he faces thieves, robbers, and kidnappers, Jotham also encounters the wise men, shepherds, and innkeepers until at last he finds his way to the Savior born in Bethlehem.