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We often spend the holiday season preparing for the promised gift of Christmas morning. But what happens during Advent? The journey to Bethlehem offers us a chance to remember the gifts we've been given by God – gifts of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. Join us as we explore how these gifts are changing lives through a few of the ministries at Milford First!

Ministry Spotlight: Stephen Ministries

Watch the video below to see how God sends the gift of Hope to people in
our community through Stephen Ministries at Milford First.

If you’d like to know more about Stephen Ministries, or if you know someone who may need the Hope they offer, please contact Kathie Cooper at or Pastor Steven at

Advent Devotional Guide

Use the following resources to help direct your spiritual journey this Advent season.


This Week’s Breath Prayer:
Hear Our Prayers, Eternal One!


May the light sent from God shine in the darkness to show us the way of salvation.
O come, O come, Emmanuel.

United Methodist Book of Worship, 262


Isaiah 9:2-7 (NRSV)
2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined. 6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

  • How do you offer Hope to others?

  • Where do you find Hope in times of difficulty?

  • What is the Hope you long for this Advent season?


Music can be a great source of Hope. The songs in the Spotify playlist below were chosen by our music team to fill you with Hope all week long!