Advent Devotional 2018

Each year Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers our free Advent and Lent devotionals as our gift to you! We invite you to read daily messages written by members of our community. Scroll down to read this year's Advent devotionals, and learn more about the various ways you can read the daily messages.

In addition to the daily Advent devotionals below, you might also be interested in our newest resources for personal and corporate worship.

The Advent Resource kit includes:

  • Advent quiz
  • Music to use as inspiration for an upcoming service or to learn to play on guitar
  • A deep dive into "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," including the history of the song and various suggested activities to use with a Sunday School class, in corporate worship, or for personal enrichment
  • The Big Book of Advent - Year 1, including multiple devotionals per day based on the Daily Lectionary passages
  • Sermons and reflections by faculty and program leaders
  • A fun cookie activity for kids
  • The "What is Advent?" video
  • Slides to use for displaying music, Scripture, announcements, and more



December 2, 2018 | The Rev. Kimberly Gonxhe | Online | PDF
December 3, 2018 | The Rev. Paula V. Cooper  | Online | PDF
December 4, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Randy Bush | Online | PDF
December 5, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. R. Drew Smith | Online | PDF
December 6, 2018 | Lori Liller Arnold | Online | PDF
December 7, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Richard W. Wingfield | Online | PDF
December 8, 2018 | The Rev. Kendra Buckwalter Smith | Online | PDF
December 9, 2018 | The Rev. Karen Rohrer | Online | PDF
December 10, 2018 | The Rev. Derek R. Davenport | Online | PDF
December 11, 2018 | Dr. Helen Blier | Online | PDF
December 12, 2018 | The Rev. Bala Khyllep | Online | PDF
December 13, 2018 | The Rev. Rebecca DePoe | Online | PDF
December 14, 2018 | Fr. Eric McIntosh ’12 | Online | PDF
December 15, 2018 | The Rev. Erin Davenport | Online | PDF
December 16, 2018 | Jacob Wilson | Online | PDF
December 17, 2018 | Dr. Stephanie Boddie | Online | PDF
December 18, 2018 | Cecile Springer | Online | PDF
December 19, 2018 | Sonya-Marie Morley | Online | PDF
December 20, 2018 | Felix Rivera-Merced | Online | PDF
December 21, 2018 | Kelcey Bailey | Online | PDF
December 22, 2018 | The Rev. Dr. Catherine Brall | Online | PDF
December 23, 2018 | Jennifer Christmas  | Online | PDF
December 24, 2018 | Rebecca Dix ’15/’17 | Online | PDF
December 25, 2018 | The Rev. Kimberly Gonxhe | Online | PDF

Daily Devotionals Delivered to your E-mail

New Subscribers:

  1. Visit PTS News Sign Up.
  2. Complete the required information and select Devotionals (Advent and Lent). Please note that other e-newsletters are available.
  3. Click “Subscribe”.

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If you received the Lent or Advent devotional last year, nothing further is required.

If you already receive e-news from the Seminary (President’s Communiqué, Alumni News, WMI, MUI, CPI, Museum, or Continuing Education), but not the Devotional, you will need to

  1. Click "Preferences" at the end of a PTS e-mail.
  2. Select "Devotionals (Advent and Lent)" and click "Update."
  3. Please note, if you would like to subscribe to the Devotional using a different e-mail from which you receive other Seminary e-newsletters, you will need to sign up using the “New Subscriber” instructions listed above.

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The Seminary's Advent and Lenten Devotionals are available through a free app for your Android or Apple device. Visit the Google Play Store or iTunes Store and search for "Devotions - Advent & Lent" or follow these link from your mobile device: (Android) or (Apple).

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Devotionals to Print and Share

We also offer a printed version of the devotional that's great for sharing with your small church group. You can request a printed copy be mailed to you by e-mailing or calling 412-362-5610. DOWNLOAD THE 2018 ADVENT DEVOTIONAL

Devotionals for Your Website

Want to embed the Seminary's Advent devotional on your church's website? E-mail and we'll send you the code! The content will automatically load and be displayed for each day.

Past Years

Lent Devotional 2018
Lent Devotional 2017
Lent Devotional 2016
Lent Devotional 2015
Lent Devotional 2014

Advent Devotional 2017
Advent Devotional 2016
Advent Devotional 2015
Advent Devotional 2014
Advent Devotional 2013
Advent Devotional 2012
Advent Devotional 2011
Advent Devotional 2010
Advent Devotional 2009
Advent Devotional 2008

Advent Devotional 2018

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