ADVENT 2019 PRACTICES

Advent, which marks the beginning of the Christian Calendar, officially starts four Sundays before Christmas. This year it runs from December 1-24. It looks ahead to Christ’s second Advent where He will return as a triumphant King doing away fully and finally with sin and death, but also looks back and remembers His first Advent as a humble baby two thousand years ago. Because we “live between Advents,” this is a season marked by expectation, longing, & hopeful waiting. It calls the Church to live in the gratitude of the “already” of what Christ has already accomplished, but it also teaches us to groan in the “not yet” as we await the return of our King.

While Advent can be a beautiful invitation into a fuller life with God marked by a greater hunger for Him, it’s often experienced as an invitation into a more hectic life marked by hunger for “things.” This year, we’re inviting Park to resist the freneticism of the Advent season by choosing to intentionally take up daily prayer and weekly fasting together. For each of the four weeks of Advent, we will be exploring different practices of prayer and fasting, as well as offering some resources for individuals, groups, and families.

What are the weekly practices?

We’ll post a new Weekly Practice blog here each week. Each will have an overview of a practice with application for individuals, households, and Gospel Communities. These posts will appear in the regular blog as well.

INTRO—ENGAGING WITH ADVENT
WEEK ONE—PRAYER OF SILENCE
WEEK TWO—FASTING
WEEK THREE—DAILY PRAYER
WEEK FOUR—LISTENING PRAYER

Other Resources