Attending to Advent: poetry, prose and prayer


Outlook releases a daily Advent devotional that explores seasonal themes using poetry, prose and prayer.

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Are you looking for theologically sound, inspiring and affordable Advent devotions for your congregation?

The Presbyterian Outlook is once again offering accessible and inspiring daily devotions for Advent. Poetry and prose reflections, curated and written by editor Teri McDowell Ott alongside contributing editors Kathryn Lester-Bacon and Arlin Buyert will help readers attend to this sacred season of waiting.

About these devotions:

The weeks leading up to Christmas can be hectic and full. The opportunity to pause and attend to Advent can get lost amid preparations for the big holiday, vacation plans or end-of-year work. This daily devotional, which includes submissions from poets you have read in the pages of the Outlook, invites readers to pause and reflect on narratives in the Christmas story. Each week, the devotions address a different theme: Week 1: Mary; Week 2: Joseph; Week 3: Herod; Week 4: the Christ child; Christmas Eve: Emmanuel. Daily readings will take us deeper into the scriptural story of the birth of Christ and explore contemporary subjects like parenting, power, war and violence, vulnerability, innocence and the many ways God’s incarnation can be experienced.

Interested in learning more? Read our sample of week one.

How do I order?

You can order Advent devotions using this webpage. Those who pre-order will receive the devotions via email on November 7, 2022. Those who order on November 7 or after will receive an email with the devotions within hours of their purchase.

What do I get when I order?

You are purchasing a digital copy of this devotion packet.

We will offer the devotions to you in multiple forms so that you can use the version that works best for your congregation. Your purchase will include a full .pdf book of devotions, individual files for each week of Advent, and a link to read the devotion as a digital ISSUU e-book. You can email the devotions to your congregation, or you can print as many you need. We will offer the devotions in color, black and white, and large print.

Each daily entry includes a poem or prose reflection and a short prayer. The devotions will be available for download on November 7. We hope these devotions enhance your Advent preparations as you get ready for the coming of Jesus Christ.

When will I receive my order?

The devotionals will be available for download on November 7, 2022. Those who pre-order will be emailed their devotions on November 7. If you order on or after November 7, you will receive the devotions in your inbox within hours of your order.


Email or call Renee Westry 1-804-494-8034 Ext.752 with questions and/or for presbytery pricing.