Jeannie Cole's Advent Devotional (click here for pdf)
Preparing ourselves for advent—the arrival of God in the person of Jesus—involves making space in our hearts and schedules. Yet the Christmas season, with its added demands and emotional complexity, is one of the hardest times to be open and receptive. This devotional offers weekly themes for reflection and daily devotionals for December 1 through Christmas eve, which we hope will serve as an invitation for you to open yourself up to receive deeply from God.
Dave Maddalena's Advent Devotional (click here for pdf)
This material contains a 24-day devotional, consisting of scripture readings and commentary, as well as a collection of suggested activities to do with your family or friends. The devotional material and the activities are divided into four themes of the season: light, servanthood, family, and the Christ child’s arrival, heralded by angels. Each of the four sections begin with a short introduction, followed by scripture readings for six days. At the beginning of each reading you will find a phrase – specific to the section – that may be repeated each night as you light the advent candle, followed by a portion of scripture and commentary to serve as that day’s devotional material.
On Sunday mornings, we sometimes pray a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. The Book of Common Prayer is the official service book of the Church of England and, with some variation, of other churches of the Anglican Communion.
For Lent and Easter
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and continues until Easter Sunday. Some years ago Dave Maddalena (former PAVC staff) wrote a series of devotions entitled Bright Sadness. The devotions are a series of essays, meditations, prayers, and scripture readings for the period preceding Easter.