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: Caregivers Ministry
This week’s video features a conversation with leaders of our Caregivers Ministry about how God offers the gift of peace through shared experiences and community.
Advent Devotional Guide
Use the following resources to help direct your spiritual journey this Advent season.
This Week’s Breath Prayer:
Please encourage true calm everywhere.
“For Peace” by John O’Donohue
As the fever of day calms towards twilight, May all that is strained in us come to ease.
We pray for all who suffered violence today, may an unexpected serenity surprise them. For those who risk their lives each day for peace, may their hearts glimpse providence at the heart of history.
That those who make riches from violence and war might hear in their dreams the cries of the lost. That we might see through our fear of each other a new vision to heal our fatal attraction to aggression. That those who enjoy the privilege of peace might not forget their tormented brothers and sisters. That the wolf might lie down with the lamb. That our swords be beaten into ploughshares.
And no hurt or harm be done anywhere along the holy mountain.
Matthew 1:18-24 (NRSV)
Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”…When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife…
Where do you turn during times of sorrow and grief?
How might your journey toward peace benefit others?
Music can comfort and calm our hurting hearts. Click below for songs chosen by our music ministry team around the theme of "peace."
This week’s playlist:
"I Will Rise"
"Let There be Peace on Earth"
"Mary, Did You Know?"
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel"
"You Have Won the Victory"