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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: Music Ministries 

This week’s video features a conversation with our music team about how God offers us the gift of Joy through music at Milford First and elsewhere in our lives.

If you’d like to become a part of our Music Ministries, contact Tim Carpenter at or Aaron Carpenter at

Advent Devotional Guide

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


This Week’s Breath Prayer:

Jesus, only you!


Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!" Amen.

- Henri Nouwen


Luke 1:46-49 (NRSV)
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name."

  • How has music touched your life and your worship experience?

  • Where, and how, do you take your Joy out into the world?


Music lifts our spirits and restores our souls. Click below for songs chosen by our music ministry team around the theme of "joy."

This week’s playlist:
"Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"
"Every Time I Feel the Spirit"
"Go Tell It On The Mountain"
"Hail to the Lord’s Anointed"
"Joy to the World"
"Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)"
"The Only Name (Yours Will Be)"