Advent 2020

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Advent is a time set aside for us to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Jesus. We celebrate his birth at Christmas, but we also declare every Sunday that we expect his return. When we say “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again,” we acknowledge that God is working to make everything right.

Our theme, “After the suffering” comes from the Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Advent, Mark 13:24-37. This passage, which hearkens back to Old Testament prophecies in Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Joel, says that although there will be suffering, there will be a time after the suffering when God’s presence is fully known.

2020 has been an especially challenging year for many people. We pray this Advent devotional leads you to experience God’s Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Know that whatever 2020 has brought you, God is working to make everything right.

Four authors from Good Samaritan UMC (Tracy Rose, Jim Crosby, Rev. Michelle Shrader, and Rev. Beth Demme) have come together to give you one brief devotion for each day of Advent from November 29th thru December 24th. We suggest you begin by reading the indicated scripture, then slowly read the devotional, and close your time with the included prayer or with a prayer composed in your own words.

Click here to download our After the Suffering Devotional.


A four week Advent video series journeying through the Magnificat. Join four women with different backgrounds, different points of view, different experiences and ages as they share together in reading Mary’s song from their point of view.

Pastor Michelle is joined by Rev. René August — Anglican priest serving in Cape Town, South Africa. Rev. Esther Rodríguez — United Methodist clergy serving in Orlando, FL, and Rev. Dr. Latricia Scriven — United Methodist clergy serving in Tallahassee, FL.