A Brief Advent Devotion for the Family
Unwrapping the Gifts – Advent Season Devotions
With the coming of Thanksgiving this week, we also look forward to the Advent season. Advent is where we, as Christians, prepare for the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is a joyous time and one that we very much look forward to each year.
This year, we would like to offer the following guide for devotions for your family this Advent season. This is from the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod News and Information Blog and we thank them for providing this great resource. You can view their blog here.
The Advent wreath is lighted, adding the lighting of one candle for each week of holy Advent.
O come, Thou Branch of Jesse’s tree,
Free them from Satan’s tyranny
That trust Thy mighty pow’r to save,
And give them vict’ry o’er the grave. Refrain
Shall come to thee,
O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery. Refrain
O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight. Refrain
Week 4 (Sunday only)
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear. Refrain
All pray or sing together:
Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blest. Amen, amen, amen. LSB 776
The candle or candles are extinguished following the meal.
Family members can take turns reading the prophecy for each day.
Dec. 3 – “The scepter shall not depart from Judah” (Gen. 49:10).
Dec. 4 – “A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Num. 24:17).
Dec. 5 – “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers” (Deut. 18:18).
Dec. 6 – “He shall build a house for my name” (2 Sam. 7:13).
Dec. 7 – “Your throne shall be established forever” (2 Sam. 7:16).
Dec. 8 – “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Is. 7:14).
Dec. 9 – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given” (Is. 9:6).
Dec. 10 – “And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is 9:6).
Dec. 11 – “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end” (Is. 9:7).
Dec. 12 – “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse” (Is. 11:1).
Dec. 13 – “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him” (Is. 11:2).
Dec. 14 – “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb” (Is. 11:6).
Dec. 15 – “And a little child shall lead them” (Is. 11:6).
Dec. 16 – “In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples” (Is. 11:10).
Dec. 17 – “The Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you” (Is. 60:2).
Dec. 18 – “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down” (Is 64:1).
Dec. 19 – “I will raise up for David a righteous Branch” (Jer. 23:5).
Dec. 20 – “And this is the name by which he will be called: The LORD is our righteousness” (Jer. 23:6).
Dec. 21 – “The sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2).
Dec. 22 – “O Bethlehem … from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel” (Micah 5:2).
Dec. 23 – “[His] coming forth is from of old, from ancient days” (Micah 5:2).
Dec. 24 – “When all was still and it was midnight, Your almighty Word, O Lord, descended from the royal throne” (Wis. 18:14,15). (See Introit for Christmas Midnight.)