Advent 2020: Digital Advent Guide
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
Join us in a time of reflection, anticipation, and contemplation during the season of Advent 2020.
Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you to hear the words of those reflecting, anticipating, and contemplating with you in community as we thank God for what God has done, notice what God is actively doing and anticipate what God will do next.
Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline. Chart and journal for yourself what God has done, what God is doing, and what God is illuminating for you in this season.
To God Be The Glory!
This year, 2020, has been a year of tumultuous changes. In our booklet for Lent, we welcomed a new decade and spoke to the spirit of sacrifice, never realizing that this year we would see myriad ways for our need to sacrifice.
We are witnessing a coronavirus pandemic that halted us in our footsteps, experiencing losses we never expected; losses of family members, friends, jobs, homes, church fellowship, businesses. We’re living through a record number of hurricanes and wildfires, lamenting the closing of schools and shunning avenues of transportation. For months, “Get out the Vote” was a mantra as we prepared for a presidential election.
Yes, there were directives. The real directive to which we must respond is, “Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)
Advent is that period of anticipation and reflection, a time to prepare our hearts as we wait for the coming of the One whose miraculous birth insured our salvation. We wait for the one called “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
This booklet is a compilation of the scripture, reflections, and prayers written by members and friends of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. The messages are as diverse as the communities in which we reside. Our reflections parallel the events of our times and the seasons with which we contend yet, they are words of Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love.
We invite you to use this book as a daily devotional in this journey through Advent and beyond.
God Be With You!
Yvonne L. Bolling
Director, Commission on Christian Education