From an Advent message from Bishop Sudarshana Davadar (United Methodist):
On Dec. 3, we observe and celebrate the first Sunday of Advent. Some churches will light a candle representing hope. We light this candle of hope in a world where we are surrounded by fear, hopelessness, pain, desperation, hatred, and violence.
I am reminded of a powerful quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo: “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” …
This Sunday also marks Global Migration Sunday. The website https://umcmigration.org provides information on the migration crisis and the pain and suffering refugees face every day, as well as resources for how we can help.
For each week of Advent, we offer you a story and reflection questions about the Gospel reading for the each Sunday of Advent for use in religious education or at home with families (Lectionary Cycle B). We have also provided you with a recording of the Gospel reading for each Sunday in Advent.
Does your denomination celebrate the season of Advent? Do you have resources, devotionals, prayers or activities to share? Let us know and we will post them! All our churches benefit when we share our ideas!