These Advent/Christmas Devotions are provided to you as a gift from the participants of the IK Synod Spiritual Renewal Process – Inspire. Ignite. Invite. Siblings in Christ from 22 congregations began meeting in four cohorts in April 2020. During the monthly ZOOM meetings participants learned a variety of spiritual practices, wrote their own descriptions of spirituality, led small groups in their own congregations, developed relationships with others across the synod, and deepened their own spirituality.
Thank you to the leadership team for Inspire. Ignite. Invite., Jon Dahl, Gethsemane, Indianapolis, IN; Pr. Daryl Emowrey, Calvary, Angola, IN; and Pr. Nancy Nyland, Director for Evangelical Mission. And an immense thank you to Carol Webb, Administrative Assistant, who edited and formatted this devotional collection.
submitted by Rev. Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship
The first Sunday in Advent this year is November 29, 2020. If you haven’t already begun, it’s not too late to plan for Advent faith formation opportunities.
Start by considering who you want to reach and what your goals are. Think about the message you will want to send and what tools you will employ to do so. Be sure to look to the liturgical calendar for Scripture, reflections, and themes.
This is certainly a different year. As you plan, be sensitive to what people are going through right now. Consider the losses we all face because things will be different. Think about what people have the capacity to do and how things can be offered safely.
Talented Storytellers from across IN-KY Synod have recorded stories for the Jesse tree for families to listen to and watch each day of Advent. You can even make Jesse tree ornaments to hang on your own Jesse tree!