Yesterday marked the start of the Advent season, and we lit the first candle, the candle of hope! To walk you through this time of advent, we have developed an advent devotional guide (https://www.westernavenue.org/advent) again this year. You can download online or pick up a hard copy at the church, if you haven't already.
There are two weekly readings we will post here on our website at https://www.westernavenue.org/advent and on Facebook.
Advent means coming. Christ has come and is coming again. During this season, we focus our hearts and minds on his coming. Let’s celebrate his coming as a baby at Christmas, as we also anticipate his coming again in glory.
We all have a name. Some may have more than one. There are first names, last names, and middle names. There are nicknames from childhood received from something memorable or sometime noteworthy – for better or worse. There are family nicknames only parents and siblings are allowed to use. Some family names are passed down from one generation to the next generation and sometimes to the third, the fourth, or the fifth. New names are given at marriages and adoptions. Names are personal and meaningful.
Jesus has many different names. The names he is called in the Scripture are full of meaning. They describe who he is. On Sunday mornings during advent, we will go through some names found in Isaiah 9:6, “…and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” But, there other names for Jesus we will not get to during our time together.
The advent reading guide features short devotions that look at some of Jesus’ names and titles from the scripture. This is not an exhaustive list, but maybe it will help jump start your journey through the scriptures as you seek to understand names of Jesus.
Schedule for Advent Devotions
1: November 28 – December 4
Son of Man & Lamb of God
2: December 5 - December 11
Last Adam & Cornerstone
3: December 12 - December 18
Jesus & Messiah
4: December 19 - December 24
First and Last & A Name No One Knows
Christmas Day: December 25
Mary and Joseph’s Son
There are two devotional readings for you and your family each week, plus an extra for Christmas Day. They will serve to focus your heart and thoughts on the names of Jesus and the character that each one reveals. Each reading is followed by a prompt for prayer.
We encourage you to read these with your family as a part of your family worship time, or you could gather with a group of friends to pray and focus on who Jesus is and what Christmas truly means – celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior.