November 5, 2013

Welcome to Goshen College Advent Devotions 2013: Beginning Nov. 25

As churches prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth, Goshen College offers an online spiritual resource to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to welcome Advent, even in the midst of busy schedules and hectic lives.

Beginning Nov. 25 (the Monday prior to the first Sunday in Advent) and culminating on Christmas Day, Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on lectionary Scripture passages. Many writers will reflect on the Advent theme: “O the Mystery of God’s Dwelling,” taken from Mennonite Church USA worship resources.

The devotions will reflect honestly on the Scriptures and offer words of assurances of faith. The spiritual offerings will include poetry, personal stories, reflections and prayers, all intended to more closely examine the call to change and follow Christ.

Since 2001, Goshen College annually celebrates special seasons of the church calendar, particularly Advent and Lent, with online devotions.

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Comments (14)

  1. Reading your announcement really lifted my spirits. I am really looking forward to reading the meditations this year.
    Best Wishes
    Annette

    Annette November 23, 2013 |
  2. Looking forward to your inspirationals.
    Gratefully,
    Mervyn

    Mervyn Carapiet November 23, 2013 |
  3. Thank you so much, these readings mean a lot to me. And you just “show up” and that is special!

    Pat Zavadil November 23, 2013 |
  4. I too look forward to the leadings of scholars at Goshen who share in this media in this special season. Tho a Goshen College and 2 year AMBS graduate I became a convinced Quaker and was the Clerk of a small meeting in Woodstock, Il for 10 years, now assistant clerk and serving on a number of committees, I still appreciate this sourse of spiritual nurturance. I relate to many Quakers some of whom are are non theist, Liberal, conservative, orthodox, neo pagan or Evangelical, some of whom are Lgbtq . But I have always said, Ya can take the 35 year old boy out of the Mennonite Community but ya can’t take the Anabaptist-Mennonite outa the 77 year old boy. I trust that I am welcome to feed on your spiritual truths during this season as I have been doing secretly for years.

    John Hackman November 23, 2013 |
  5. I am looking forward to the variety of inputs from yet another tradition to help us prepare.

    Peter Kufeke November 23, 2013 |
  6. Thank you so much for your Advent (and Lenten) gifts. I look forward to reading them every week! Happy Thanksgiving and Merrrry Christmas!!!

    George M Melby, Pastor November 23, 2013 |
  7. Looking forward to the daily enriching thoughts/scriptures throughout this Advent Season. Thank you!

    MariAn Nyce November 23, 2013 |
  8. I am grateful that you ‘keep coming back’ each Advent to spend some time with me. I have a hope for this Advent that Christ may be fully born in our hearts….as has always been The Way.

    Judith Simon November 23, 2013 |
  9. I look forward to the reading each day as it helps me to stay focused on the reason for this season. Thank you to each of you who share your thoughts.

    Rene Pauls November 23, 2013 |
  10. I look forward to Advent and these thought provoking and enriching thoughts and meditations.

    Genny Schwartzentruber November 23, 2013 |
    • I look forward to these inspiring Advent thoughts and meditations each year.

      Genny Schwartzentruber November 23, 2013 |
  11. I am looking forward to these devotionals again this year.

    Mervin Hershberger November 23, 2013 |
  12. YES, once again I have the opportunity to be touched by inspiring, thought-provoking devotions from Goshen College. Thank you!

    Bonnie Sowers November 26, 2013 |
  13. I always look forward to and enjoy these devotional readings! Thanks!!

    Anna Rehan December 3, 2013 |