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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: Learning Center Chapel

Watch the video below for a glimpse into how our Children’s Ministry offers the gift of God’s Love through weekly chapel time for children in the Learning Center.

If you’d like to learn more about our Children & Youth Ministries at Milford First,
please contact Corina Atherton at 
dcfm@milfordfirstumc.org.

Advent Devotional Guide

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

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Pray 

This Week’s Breath Prayer:
Let our hearts value each other.

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“God teaches me with care and love. As I open my heart and my hand to the gift, I am partnered by Divine Love. It is a great blessing that I do not walk alone. I am not without God’s Love. In every day, in every moment, there is a source of Divine Love available to me, in me, if I will turn to it. Within me, I carry God. Within God, I am carried. There is no separation, only Love.”

- Julia Cameron

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Study

Luke 3:4-6 (NRSV)
“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

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Reflect 
  • How do you share the gift of God’s Love with others?

  • Consider a time when you realized that God loved you through the Love someone else gave to you. What do you remember? How did that experience make you feel?

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Listen

Listening to music centers our spirits. This week's playlist includes songs chosen by our music ministry team around the theme of “love.”

This week’s playlist:
"Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord"
"Of the Father’s love begotten”
"Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
"Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates"
"Shower the People"
"How He Loves"
"Good Good Father"
"Your Love Never Fails"