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Naming Jesus: A Family-Friendly Advent Devotional

“For Christians, nobody has more names and titles than Jesus, and during the season of Advent, we use as many of them as we can. Wonderful Counselor. Prince of Peace. Light of the World. Good Shepherd. Bright Morning Star. Emmanuel. God With Us.” (Salt Project)

This Advent Season, our community at the Hills Church will be preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Christ child as we reflect on the meaning and mystery behind the many names of Jesus.

The Poetry of Advent Bible Study

Join the clergy after worship each week for an hour long Bible Study. The word “Advent” means coming or arrival. It’s the season of actively waiting and preparing for Jesus to be born, broadening our hearts and minds to welcome Jesus anew, and paying close attention to the ways Jesus is already coming into the world, God’s Word made flesh. The Christian year begins not with the lilies of Easter, or the poinsettias of Christmas, or the stirring winds of Pentecost – but rather with Advent, four weeks in the shadows of despair, conflict, sorrow, and hate. For it’s here, in the shadows, that the God of grace will arrive. Waiting, longing, and preparing for that arrival, we light candles of hope, peace, joy, and love. Poetry can help us as we wait. As Mary Oliver often emphasized, the best poems help us notice and feel things we might otherwise miss, both the depths of despair and the heights of hope. In this Advent devotional, we let scripture and Oliver’s poetry be our guides, together pointing us toward weekly practices that can help deepen and enrich our experience of the season – a perfect way to prepare for the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christmas day. So grab your favorite Bible and Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver (the poems can also be found online). Week by week, we’ll make our way to Bethlehem, attending with care to the lights and shadows as we go.

Bible Study Dates are:

  • Sunday November 28th from 11:30-12:30 in the Reception Room with Rev. Judy Swahnberg/ Luke 21:25-36 (Hope)
  • Sunday December 5th from 11:30-12:30 in the Reception Room with Rev. Jill Edens/Luke 3:1-6 (Peace)
  • Sunday December 11th from 11:30-12:30 in the Reception Room with Rev. Anne Marie Holloway/Luke 3:7-18 (Joy)
  • Sunday December 19th from 11:30-12:30 in the Reception Room with the Rev. Richard Edens/Luke 1: 39-45, 46-55 (Love)

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Virtual Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.

Virtual Church School Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.


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Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 · 781-235-4424