Daily Advent Reflection

Anticipating the Word Made Flesh

The devotions in this booklet are written by members of Unity Presbyterian Church as a way to help church participants prepare for the coming of the Christ child during this Advent season. The theme, “Anticipating the Word Made Flesh ,” was chosen since 2018 has been the “Year of the Bible,” God’s Word, at Unity.
As we await the birth of Christ, God’s Word Made Flesh, and look forward to his coming again, devotion writers chose passages of scripture that will help guide us through the Advent season. Devotions were written by middle school and high school youth and adults of all ages, from various backgrounds in our church. The Adult Discipleship Ministry Team hopes that by using these devotions during Advent, you will feel prepared for the coming Christmas season and will learn more about a diverse group of members in our church family. Thank you to all who took the time to grapple with scripture and share their writings. Thank you, also, to Walker Asbell for creating the cover. 

Kathryn McGregor
Director of Christian Education

Members of Adult Discipleship Ministry Team
Emelia Howell, Chair
Joe Bonds
Jim Boyd
Ashley Hogon
Megan Watson

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