Saturday, November 28, 2015

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar 2015

11/30   Read some verses from any book of the bible. What does the reading say to you?

12/1     Create a “God Account” – a “bank” where you will put any amount of $ each day. This money will be used for God’s service, as the Holy Spirit leads you to use it!

12/2     ENJOY your favorite food today – savor it!
1Tim 4:4 “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.”

12/3     Pray for the “Family Promise families being served by the members of Christ Church Ridgewood

12/4     Do something that you find difficult, whatever that may be.
            JN 16:33 “Behold, I have overcome the world.”

12/5     Pray the Prayer of St. Francis (attached)

12/6     Attend a service, or spend 30 minutes with God (pray, read, sing, play music, etc.)

12/7     Bring a gift, or some token of friendship, to your neighbor.
            “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love…”

12/8     Refrain from having something today (cup of coffee, snack, etc) and put the money you would have spent into your “God account.”

12/9     Go out of your way to smile today, especially if you come in contact with other people.
            Prov 15:30 “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart…”

12/10   Relax with your favorite beverage, hot or cold. Thank God for your blessings as you sit and sip.
            MT 11:28 “Come to me all you who labor or are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.”

12/11   Pray Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God.”

12/12   Volunteer at a homeless shelter, or other service organization, or donate to them

12/13   Attend a service, or spend 30 minutes with God (pray, read, sing, play music, etc.)

12/14   Be intentionally kind to a service person, like a cashier, or anyone who works for the public. Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind toward one another, tenderhearted…” OR
            Attend bible study and bring in a donation of food for St. Paul’s pantry.

12/15   Send a Christmas card to someone with whom you have lost touch.

12/16   Listen to your favorite Christmas carol and SING ALONG!
            “He/she who sings prays twice.”

12/17   Pray Luke 2:10 “Fear not, for I bring you tidings of great joy…”

12/18   Let someone go in front of you, whether in line, in traffic, etc.
            Luke 6:31 “And as you wish that others would do for you, do so to them.”

12/19   Spend 10 minutes in total, unbridled gratitude…and smile about your blessings.
Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever.”

12/20   Attend a service, or spend 30 minutes with God (pray, read, sing, play music, etc.)

12/21   Decorate your home with a very special, meaningful decoration, new or old. Thank God for its meaning, and the people/person/event that the decoration reminds you of.

12/22   Spend 30 minutes with God (pray, read, sing, play music, etc.)
            Or sit for a while facing the sun, or light a candle.
            JN 3:19 “The light has come into the world…”

12/23   Spend/donate your “God money” from your “God Account” in whatever way the Spirit leads you.
            MT 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

12/24   Light a candle. Listen to, sing, or pray the lyrics to “Silent Night.”
            “Silent night, holy night,
            All is calm, all is bright.
            Round yon virgin, mother and child,
            Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
            Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.”

12/25   Joy to the World, the Lord has come! Merry Christmas! Share the joy!
            JN 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.”

Prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.