|Liturgy by TLW|
with Prayers by Church Members
by The Rev. Thomas L. Weitzel
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Advent Devotionals are popular items for church members and families to use around the home Advent wreath, and many parishes purchase these each year. In a number of places, I have developed an exercise to have the adult class or even the youth of the parish to write the prayers for a devotional that is then published and distributed in the parish for everyone's use. It starts with explaining the parts of a prayer, examining a sample prayer, and then assigning Advent readings to individuals and having them write a prayer related to their reading. I've drawn the lessons for the first three weeks of the season from the three-year daily lectionary. The lessons for the final week review the annunciation stories of Luke 1 and Matthew 1.
Click here for a PDF of the Advent Devotions Worksheet.
Once the prayers are written, I place them in a booklet that includes instructions on "Making An Advent Wreath," "How to Use the Wreath & Devotions," and then a brief order for the devotions.
Click here for the start of the Advent Devotions Booklet in RTF (Rich Text Format). Right click on the link to download it.