Advent Devotions

2018 Advent Devotions

This year’s Advent Devotions are provided by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS). Each year Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers their Advent and Lent devotionals for free. You are invited to read daily messages written by members of their community.

How to access the devotions:

A limited number of printed devotions will be available in the Sanctuary narthex and adult Sunday School classes on The First Sunday of Advent. Additional copies can be picked up in the church office.

RRCB’s 2017 Advent Devotions

Devoting Time to Anticipation

The season leading up to Christmas tends to be a hectic one. We’re busy buying and planning and decorating for the holidays – and sometimes we just forget to stop and remember the depths of the spiritual meaning to these few weeks.

The church season of Advent helps us to do this well, providing a time of anticipation that draws us into the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love as we approach the celebration of the birth of the One who brings hope, the Prince of Peace, the Joy of our Salvation, and the embodiment of Love on Earth.

Advent 2017 begins Sunday, December 3, and each day of the season, we will post here a devotional focused on one of the four themes of the season, and ending with a focus on the Christ child at Christmas:

December 3-7: Hope
December 8-12: Peace
December 13-17: Joy
December 18-22: Love
December 23-24: Christ

These devotionals were written by members of River Road Church, Baptist, and they are accompanied by art drawn by our children (and a couple of our adults!) to represent this season and all it means for us as Christians.

I hope you’ll take a few moments each day to read these devotionals as we anticipate the coming of Christ together in the coming weeks.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!

In Christ,

Header Art by Evan
Content Art by Michael
Photo by Libby 

Day Nineteen: Giving Love Away

1 John 3:16-18
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Day Sixteen: Love is a Verb

In Knoxville, Tennessee this summer, it came to me for the first time: the four Sundays of Advent flow in a logical, and to my way of thinking, a needed sequence.

Day Thirteen: Joy Seeds

A mother looks deep into the eyes of her infant son, as she holds his hands and pours out babbling baby-talk to him.

Day Ten: Serenity

For many, myself included, this time of year can be one of melancholy, and with the days growing shorter, and the signs of lushness falling to the ground, it is easy to consider that the land itself feels the same way.

Day Seven: My Peace I Give to You

John 16:33
I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world, you face persecution.
But take courage; I have conquered the world!

Day Six: Let There Be Peace on Earth

Recently, Ken Burns’ PBS special on the Vietnam War brought into our homes the horrors of war with its gruesome cost in human life, national strife, and political upheaval.

Day Two: I Hope

“I hope.”  These words may constitute one of the shortest prayers we will ever say. I don’t mean hope as it refers to wishful thinking.

Advent Devotions 2017

Would you be one of our 20 writers this season? During this upcoming Advent season, I would like our church to reflect on the hope, joy, peace, and love Jesus brings into our lives. This year, our congregation will write a series of Advent devotionals that we would...