Each year Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers our free Advent and Lent devotionals and resource kits as our gift to you! 

Advent 2019

Advent Resource Kit 2019

This year's Advent Resource Kit includes

  • Big Book of Advent (multiple devotions per day)
  • Lessons and Carols service bulletin
  • Sermons and Advent reflections
  • Picturing Advent multi-week Sunday School lesson
  • Children’s sermon
  • "What is Advent?" video
  • Guitar sheet music perfect for the youth in your congregation
  • Customizable PowerPoint presentation


Advent Devotional 2019

Read and/or listen to daily meditations written by members of the Seminary community. Scroll down to learn more about the various ways you can read the daily messages.


With thanks to members of the McMillan Planned Giving Society and Board of Directors, who wrote this year's devotionals, and the Rev. Rebecca Jones '11, who provided the audio recordings.

December 1, 2019 | The Rev. Darren J. Rogers ’17 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 2, 2019 | The Rev. Lisa S. Heckman ’98 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 3, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. A. Gary Angleberger | Online | PDF | Audio

December 4, 2019 | The Rev. Catherine Mallick Gillis ’90 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 5, 2019 | The Rev. Heather McLaughlin Sigler ’95 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 6, 2019 | The Rev. Larry P. Homitsky | Online | PDF | Audio

December 7, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Dahle Sterling ’88/’98 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 8, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Lowmaster ’11 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 9, 2019 | Jane Alexander Carl | Online | PDF | Audio

December 10, 2019 | The Rev. John T. Shaver ’98 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 11, 2019 | The Rev. Thomas F. Conboy ’56 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 12, 2019 | The Rev. Patrice L. Fowler-Searcy ’13 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 13, 2019 | The Rev. Betty Voigt ’85 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 14, 2019 | The Rev. Nathan W. Carlson ’11 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 15, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. Donald J. Dawson | Online | PDF | Audio

December 16, 2019 | The Rev. Joan S. Hogge ’04 and Dr. W. Allen Hogge ’08 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 17, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III | Online | PDF | Audio

December 18, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. Susan E. Vande Kappelle ’95 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 19, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. David R. Hosick ’76 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 20, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. J. Gregory Clark ’71/’75 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 21, 2019 | Joanne E. Spence ’18 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 22, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. Clinton C. Cottrell ’00 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 23, 2019 | The Rev. Tanta Luckhardt Hendricks ’82 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 24, 2019 | The Rev. Harold W. Abram ’59 | Online | PDF | Audio

December 25, 2019 | The Rev. Dr. Judy A. Angleberger ’96 | Online | PDF | Audio

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. Follow the link in the e-mail sent from GoDaddy with the subject line "Edit your subscription to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary."
  3. Select "Devotionals (Advent and Lent)" and click "Update."
  4. 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.

For those with further questions or having difficulty signing up, please e-mail David Keys at dkeys@pts.edu.

Devotionals App

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: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.pts.devotions (Android) or https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/devotions-advent-lent/id945697533?ls=1&mt=8 (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 reception@pts.edu or calling 412-362-5610. DOWNLOAD THE 2019 ADVENT DEVOTIONAL

Devotionals for Your Website

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

Past Years

Advent Devotional 2018
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

Lent Devotional 2019
Lent Devotional 2018
Lent Devotional 2017
Lent Devotional 2016
Lent Devotional 2015
Lent Devotional 2014

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