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First Sunday in Advent
‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’
Thought: At the start of advent, we remember that God always keeps His promises. He promised that He would send Someone who will bring justice. This is good news for all those who are hurting and longing for peace.
Prayer: Lord, this Christmas, please help me to remember the true meaning of this season. Please help me to grow in love for you. Thank you that you sent Jesus to bring justice to the whole world – help me to be a part of Your important work.
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame
Thought: God will not let you down. He is faithful to you no matter how crazy life is. He will not forsake you no matter how hard things get. Remember His faithfulness.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you that you are faithful to me. God, You know that life can be so messy and crazy – help me to be faithful to you too.
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Thought: How do we know what paths and ways are good for us? We look to Jesus. Jesus can show us the good path.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you that Jesus walked the path of truth and justice. Please show me the path I should walk this Christmas season so that I can share Your love. Please help me to follow in your footsteps every day.
Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
Thought: God doesn't use the proud in heart to do His work. God uses the humble. In humility look to God for instruction and He will guide you to what is right.
Prayer: Loving Lord, You were humble and lowered Yourself to become human, born as a vulnerable baby. I pray that Wesley Mission will be an example of your humility, goodness and kindness in the world.
“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.
Thought: It's quite a confronting question, "Who can endure the day of his coming?" If we know Jesus as our Lord and saviour, we have no need to be afraid. Jesus brings comfort and security.
Prayer: Merciful God, thank you Jesus brings comfort and peace. Help me to share Your goodness with others this Christmas season.
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
Thought: Do you feel tired? Is life a bit overwhelming? Jesus has come for you. Jesus brings salvation from the hardships of life. He offers redemption for everyone who trusts in Him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please raise me up when life has me down. Please help me to lean on you in the hardships of life. Please help me to trust you.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Thought: Sometimes where we are now and where we want to be in the future feel like two completely different things. Thank God that He is faithful and that He is doing a good work in your life.
Prayer: Father God, sometimes, I really feel broken. Thank you for the good work that you’re doing in my life. And thank you for the good work that you do as Wesley Mission in the lives of others.
Second Sunday in Advent
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Thought: Imagine if all our relationships had the love that is described here – life would be so different! God's love transforms us so that we can love one another like Jesus loves us. Every life matters because God loves all people.
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for loving me. Please help my love for others to grow more and more. Please show me what is best, especially when life is hectic.
As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.’”
Thought: Through Jesus, the rough ways in our lives are made smooth. Isn't that a beautiful image? Jesus is fixing that which is broken. Jesus has a plan for each of us. Through Him, we can see God's salvation.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you that you care about every person. Thank you that you are making all things new. Please make me new this Christmas.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Thought: This advent, remember that Jesus came to bring true joy. In the middle of life’s challenges, we can look to Jesus and rejoice!
Prayer: Father God, thank you that Jesus brings true joy. When I feel overwhelmed, help me to trust You. Please also help me to bring joy to others, especially in this season.
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Thought: John considered himself not worthy to untie Jesus' sandals. Yet, Jesus humbled Himself as a servant king. Jesus lowered Himself to raise us up. Jesus says, 'you are worth it'.
Prayer: Lord, help me to know that I am worth it. When I doubt my value, remind me that Jesus has raised me up. Help me to know that the Holy Spirit is always with me, strengthening me to live for God.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Thought: Out of all of Israel, God chose Bethlehem – one of the smallest towns in one of the smallest clans –to be the birthplace of Jesus. Even small and insignificant things can be used by God. Let that encourage you today.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, use me to do Your work. Thank You that You can use the small things. Teach me to not look down on people but to love everyone as You do.
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
Thought: Jesus is ‘God with us’ – a great and holy thing! God is ready and willing to do good things in your life if you'll trust him with it.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus and doing great things. Thank you for using the weak and lifting up the humble. Please help me to trust you more every day. Thank you for the ministry of Wesley Mission in lifting up the humble and feeding those who are hungry.
First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Thought: In the Old Testament, burnt offerings had to be offered again and again. But Jesus came to lay down His life once for all. Put your faith in Jesus' sacrifice – He will make you holy and complete.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise You that You sent Your Son. This advent season, we celebrate that You came to earth. I praise You that You dealt with sin once for all. Thank you.
Third Sunday in Advent
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Thought: The Lord of the universe was inside the womb of a young middle-eastern woman. Elizabeth's baby leapt for joy when encountering Jesus and so should we! Mary was faithful to what God asked of her, to carry the Messiah.
Prayer: Lord, help Wesley Mission and all who follow You to faithfully carry the message of Jesus’s love to others. Help me to be joyful as I encounter You this season.
And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
Thought: This Bible passage is known as 'Mary's Song' and is a celebration of what God is doing in her life. Despite how difficult her situation was, Mary could praise God for His power. We can also praise God for His power and mercy shown to all people.
Prayer: Father God, even though our mission to show Your love in word and deed may not always be easy, help me to continue to trust in Your strength. Help me to celebrate Your power and majesty in all things.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this
Thought: This Advent, we celebrate the gift of Jesus, who came as a baby. He came to establish justice and peace. He can handle the brokenness of the world. Jesus is a king worth following.
Prayer: God of justice, you know that we all hurt at different times. Thank you for being able to handle it. Please heal my hurt. Thank you for bringing justice and peace. I pray that all people would know the gift of Jesus this Christmas.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Thought: What's the best gift ever? What gift will never spoil, perish or fade? It is Jesus himself. Jesus not only gives us eternal life, but he changes us to be more like Him.
Prayer: Loving Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for the gift of eternal life. Please strengthen me to live life faithful to You.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Thought: If your trust is in Jesus, you have been renewed. Not because of how good you have been, but because of what He has done for you. No matter what you've done He can wash you clean and transform you.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank You for your mercy for me. I repent of my sinfulness and ask for you to wash me clean. Thank You for hearing my prayer and that I am clean in your sight.
Hebrews 1: 1-4
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
Thought: If you want to know what God is like, look to Jesus. His life and death reveal the depth of God's love for all people. What a wonderful God we serve!
Prayer: Loving Lord, help me to always look to Jesus. And help me to point others to Jesus. Thank You that Wesley Mission aims to share your love with many others.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Thought: Again and again, we see that God uses the unlikely, the small and the vulnerable to do His work. He might not act when we think He should, but in His own time. He came to Earth as a baby at exactly the right time. Trust that God is still working in your life.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for advent, which reminds me of Your miraculous birth on Earth. Thank you for also working miracles in my life, at exactly the right time. Help me to be patient as You do this.
Fourth Sunday in Advent
Luke 2: 8-14
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Thought: The first coming of Jesus continues to be a source of great joy and celebration. We shouldn't fear God; He isn't distant and far off but has made Himself known to you.
Prayer: Wonderful God, I pray that I would joyfully praise You with my entire being. I pray that as You have made Yourself known to me, I would proclaim You to others.
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Thought: Jesus, the Lord of the universe, was placed in a manager. This Christmas Eve, let us boldly proclaim that our God is compassionate – He lowered Himself to raise us up.
Prayer: Lord God, thank You that You came to save us. Thank You for becoming human and living the perfect life that I can’t. Thank you for dying the death that I deserve, and that You were raised to life. Thank You for offering this wonderful gift to me and to everyone.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Thought: Jesus, the child of God has come. And if you receive Jesus as your Lord, if you believe in His name, you are a child of God too. Praise God for this good news!
Prayer: Thank you, God, that I am called Your child. Show me what that means this Advent season as I celebrate the arrival of Jesus, your promised king.