Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. While awaiting the blessed arrival of Christ during the Advent Season, the Christian Educators of the Baltimore Presbytery invite every household in the Presbytery to take part in our Advent Luminaria Devotional. Download the devotional and promotional flyer below. We ask that churches provide each family in your congregation with a copy of the devotional, a paper lunch bag, and a small battery-powered candle.
Starting on November 29 and then every Sunday before Christmas and on Christmas Day, gather your household, light your battery powered candle, place it in your decorated luminaria bag and meditate together on the lesson of the week—Hope, Peace, Joy, Love, and Christ.
Following each devotional time, place your luminaria on your porch or in your front window for the rest of the evening to let your neighbors know you are preparing your heart and mind to celebrate the arrival of our Savior.
We recommend families start decorating their luminaria by writing one word on each side of the bag: Hope (Nov 29), Peace (Dec 6), Joy (Dec 13), Love (Dec 20) and then let the Holy Spirit guide you to personalize the rest. Take photos of your luminaria to share on your church’s website or social media pages using #baltimorepresbyterylights.
It is our hope that while social distancing during the pandemic, we can join together as a Presbytery throughout the Advent season.
If your church has any questions about the Advent Luminaria Devotional and/or needs assistance with purchasing the lunch bags and/or battery-powered votive candles, please contact the Christian Educators of the Baltimore Presbytery at firstname.lastname@example.org.