Advent Devotional – Christmas Day

Today is Christmas Day, and on behalf of the leadership here at Society Church, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

We hope that as you have engaged in these scriptures, prayers, and prompts over this Advent season, you have sensed God’s present presence.

 

How to participate in this Christmas Devotional:

● Set aside some time today and throughout your week to re-read the scriptures & prayers. Include your family, spouse, children, housemates or friends.
● Allow yourself to ponder this scripture and reading slowly. Maybe even consider journaling your thoughts. Allow yourself the time to reflect and go deeper.
● Be drawn into this holy invitation of anticipation of what Jesus’ birth is meant to speak to us specifically during this season of Advent.

 

Reading:

Today our Advent reading is from the book of Luke and a few verses from the Christmas song “O Come all ye faithful”. Take note of any word or phrase that sticks out to you.

Luke 2:4-14

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. 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.”

O Come All Ye Faithful

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee, be glory given!
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful, and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

 

Christmas Blessing

We come and behold you, almighty God!

We rejoice in your coming, such great news meant for all people.

May it spark joy in our hearts today as we celebrate your birth – your incredible love that extended from heaven to earth.

We embrace this gift of presence.

May it initiate something within us today that we might carry it forth, as a living expression of our most loving God.

Let it shape and form us deeply.

Hope, peace, joy, and unexplainable love birthed through your son, our Savior.

Amen.

 

Quiet: 

We invite you to linger a little longer in this posture of reflection. After the podcast is done, set a timer for 2 minutes to sit in stillness & silence. Giving your mind and heart a moment to reflect on the prayer and scriptures you just read.

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