The Season of Advent
The word Advent means "coming." In this season before Christmas, we celebrate God’s coming to us in Jesus’ birth, recognize that Christ is with us now, and wait for Christ’s return. In Advent we wait in stillness, in the darkness before the dawn (so we use dark blue to represent this).
It's like sitting vigil on behalf of the world, patiently holding and gently lifting up our hearts, and the world's pain and longing, to God.
Still...As people who believe there is more going on than we can see, we wait and pay attention, we watch in trust and honesty, for the fullness of God's hope, peace, joy and love to be revealed. No matter how things look at any given moment, God is still at work, bringing salvation.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Join us in worship:
- Still... Hope. Advent 1. 11/26 5 pm- Advent Evening Prayer: Mary's story & prayer stations.
- Still...Peace. Advent 2. 12/4, 10:30 am - Advent Sunday Worship: Zechariah's Story & communion. with Advent Adult Ed & Sunday School at 9 am
- Still...Joy. Advent 3. 12/10, 5 pm - Advent Evening Prayer: Elizabeth's story & prayer stations.
- Still...Love. Advent 4. 12/18, 10:30 am - Advent Sunday Worship, with Advent Adult Ed & Sunday School at 9 am
- Christmas Eve - December 24, 4:30 pm - Emmanuel - God with Us!
Assembled here are some resources to help you enter into Advent, to pay attention to what God is doing, even in the shadows and the waiting.
We will add more as we come across them.
May they bless you.
RESOURCES FOR ADVENT
What is Advent?
Advent explained in two minutes...
Local Opportunities -
Advent Evening Prayer at LNPC
Saturday, November 26, 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 10, 5:00 pm
Special service of prayer and music.
Prayer stations remain up through the week.
Advent Evening Prayer at Sabbath House
"Creating a Space"
Mondays of Advent: Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19. 7-8 pm
3228 Portland Ave S.
Seasonal readings, quiet, and music with local musicians.
(All welcome - no reservations required)
Excellent Advent Books and articles-
Forget Red and Green, Make it a Blue holiday instead, by Diana Butler Bass, Washington Post
Putting the "vent" back into Advent, by Beth Merrill Neel
Night Visions, by Jan Richardson
The Season of the Nativity, by Sybil MacBeth
Preparing for Christmas, by Richard Rohr
Watch for the Light: Readings for Christmas and Advent,
with excerpts from Annie Dillard, Henri Nouwen, C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Day, and more.
God in the Manger: Reflections on Advent, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas, by Ann Voscamp
Adventword- A Global Advent Calendar
Word-a-day Advent devotional
Following the Star
Free online daily devotional with verses, music and reflections.
Weekly advent blog with lovely art and reflections by Jan Richardson.
Resources for helping Christmas and Advent be meaningful, e.g., giving more presence and less presents. See the video below and follow the link for more ideas and info.
Activities and Practices -
The Christmas Pretox is a pre-emptive strike on stress and busyness. To help us slow down and focus on the right things. To give us some soul space. To re-dress the balance of a Christmas season which sees us spend more, eat more, drink more and get stressed more than any other time of year.
Christmas by Heart
Learn the Christmas story (Luke 2:1-20) by heart in twelve days. December 1 - 12, a daily video is posted at faithandwonder.com to help you to learn the Christmas story for telling at home, church, or as a personal prayer practice. Fun and fascinating way to embody the story (for all ages).
Advent Table Prayers
Printable resource with a brief service of prayer for each day of Advent with candle lighting.
Reverse Advent Calendar
An easy idea for giving and sharing in Advent
Advent Photo-a-Day Challenges -
Take a photo each day and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Downloadable Advent Calendars & Resources-
Illustrated Advent for Families
Five weeks of devotionals, coloring sheets, a nativity and Advent calendar for $10.
Making an Advent Calendar
Mark the day-by-day journey to Christmas by praying/drawing on a blank calendar template. Pray for a person or write and meditate on an Advent word each day. Just the small amount of time it takes to fill the space with doodles and color each day can create a time of quiet, reflection, and listening to God. Great for adults and kids!
Ideas for Living Joyfully: Forty Days of Celtic Advent and the Twelve Days of Christmas 2016
Printable Activity Calendar
Daily Advent calendar to color with scripture.
Churchwide Experiences -
Advent Waiting Experience
Whole worship experience of Advent Prayer stations designed by Lilly Lewin - downloadable with signs and instructions for setting up a worship space.