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,
Libby

Header Art by Evan
Content Art by Michael
Photo by Libby 
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