God’s Goodness: Watch and Wait

Anabaptist Faith Formation Network has produced an at home resource for Advent written by Elsie Rempel. Based on the congregational worship resources developed for Leader Magazine, the guide invites families to approach Christmas by focusing on God’s goodness. It offers suggestions for creating a holy space and time in your home as well as activities to engage together throughout Advent. Below you’ll find an excerpt from week one.

Week One

Call to Worship: Come, worship as we learn to watch and wait to see what God’s goodness looks and acts like.

Candle lighter: Light the Advent candle, then say: We light this first candle of Advent as a sign of watching and waiting for God’s goodness to break through into our world.

Option: We light our own small lights from it and place them in the sand, as signs of joining God’s good ways. Light individual candles.

Leader: God, we watch and wait. We long and hope for your day of goodness. Come, Lord Jesus, come. We trust in you. Amen.

Listening to God’s Word: Reflect on God’s dream through these texts this week: Jeremiah 33: 14-16, Psalm 25: 1-5, 6-10; 1 Thessalonians 3: 9-13; Luke 21: 21-24, 25-28, 29-36.

Pondering thoughts

  • I wonder how we see God’s goodness in today’s Scriptures.
  • I wonder in which parts of my life I need to say yes to God’s goodness.
  • I wonder how we can cooperate with God’s goodness in our neighborhood.


Download the entire resource here.