Advent Devotionals 2019

Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. – Mary Oliver

We often think of this time before Christmas as part of the Christmas Season. Instead, it is really the penitential season of Advent. This can be a time of deep reflection as we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Christ, the Incarnate of God.

This year, we meditate on these scriptures with the theme
Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell About It., in our minds. We offer this collection of writings to you as a framework for your own Advent meditations. Each reflection is unique, written by a diverse group of people from diverse backgrounds. Each meditation is beautiful in its own way.

Please join us in all our opportunities for worship, service, prayer and observance. The full calendar for the season is available on our website:; further information is also available by calling the church office at (310) 393-8258.

May you find these days to be holy and blessed.

Mary Crawford
First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica
Spiritual Formation Council

Advent Devotionals Booklet Available Sunday, December 1

Look for the Advent Devotional Booklet beginning Sunday, December 1st at the Sunday Hospitality Table, in kiosks around campus or in the church office.  Subscribe to receive a daily Advent Devotional by email.

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