December 1st

Story

A young couple, Mary and Joseph, get engaged.

Activity

Kick off the month with hot chocolate for everyone. Take turns talking about your favorite Christmases of the past.

Adult

The word “advent” means arrival. So this advent season, we invite you to reflect on the biblical meanings of hope, peace, joy, and love to discover how these virtues have arrived in the world through Jesus. 


For our first week, we will explore the biblical meaning of hope.


Biblical hope relies on God’s character as a basis for trusting that the future will be better than the present. The more a person gets to know God’s character, the more hope they can have.

Read

Psalm 130:1-8

1  Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! 

2  O Lord, hear my voice! 

  Let your ears be attentive 

to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 

3  If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, 

O Lord, who could stand? 

4  But with you there is forgiveness, 

that you may be feared. 

5  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, 

and in his word I hope; 

6  my soul waits for the Lord 

more than watchmen for the morning, 

more than watchmen for the morning. 

7  O Israel, hope in the Lord! 

For with the Lord there is steadfast love, 

and with him is plentiful redemption. 

8  And he will redeem Israel 

from all his iniquities.


Reflect

  • What does the psalmist say about God’s character?
  • What do you say about God’s character?
  • What does the psalmist believe God will do for Israel?
  • What do you believe God will do for you and your community?
  • How do you want to see God’s forgiving love at work in your life and your community this week? Form your answer into a prayer to him now. He’s listening.