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Topical Study on Advent One of the blessings of Advent is that it counteracts the hype of the commercial Christmas madness, inviting us to a deeper and more fruitful spiritual renewal. One of two penitential seasons in the liturgical calendar for four weeks prior to Christmas, Advent prepares us for great event of the... Advent: Close Encounters of a Liturgical Kind Article by Chris Armstrong https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/advent-close-encounters-of-a-liturgical-kind Article by Chris Armstrong Topics: Advent , Church History , Liturgy Source: Christian History Institute This article explores how Christians throughout history have celebrated the season of Advent and emphasizes the sustaining power of liturgical observance. Staying Afloat Article https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/advent-hope-staying-afloat Article Topics: Advent , Hope , Despair , Jesus Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances. Militant Peace: An Advent Appeal Article by Dennis R Edwards https://www.missioalliance.org/militant-peace-an-advent-appeal/ Article by Dennis R Edwards Topics: Advent , Poverty , Peace , Jesus Source: Missio Alliance Advent tells us that God’s shalom—real peace on earth—is different than the false peace of the empire. The message of Advent proclaims that God’s salvation consists of peace— which is experienced only through reconciliation with God. Advent Waiting Song/Hymn http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/135651017705/advent-waiting-prayers-song Song/Hymn Topics: Advent , Prayer , Teaching , Comfort Source: Global Worship Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.... Advent Waiting Article by Joella Ranaivoson http://dojustice.crcna.org/article/post-election-advent-waiting Article by Joella Ranaivoson Topics: Advent , Waiting , Hope Source: Do Justice (CRCNA) A reminder of all the things we wait for in Advent in addition to the coming of Christ: comfort for grief, justice for the oppressed, freedom to be fully ourselves, and for God to speak. Advent Prayers of Thanksgiving Element of Worship https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2010/07/18/advent-prayers-of-thanksgiving/ Element of Worship Topics: Advent , Kingdom of God , Hope , Peace Source: Gathered Prayers These two prayers for Advent ask that we would make known the good news of God's kingdom, that we would learn to hope for God's reign of peace, and that the Holy Spirit would strengthen us.... Advent, baptism and blow-dryers Article by Edgar Moore https://www.faithandleadership.com/ed-moore-advent-baptism-and-blow-dryers Article by Edgar Moore Topics: Advent , Baptism , Sacraments , Language Source: Faith and Leadership To counter the "culture of consumption" which for many takes over the weeks prior to Christmas, Edgar Moore advocates focusing on baptismal renewal throughout Advent, immersing our liturgical language in baptismal imagery. Advent Prayer Element of Worship by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson https://worshipwords.co.uk/advent-prayer-thandiwe-dale-ferguson-colorado-usa/ Element of Worship by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson Topics: Advent , Prayer , Intercession , World Source: Worship Words "Holy God, during this busy season of Advent, We pray for our World." An intercessory prayer for Advent by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson. Advent on the Mind Commentary/Exegesis by Karoline M Lewis https://www.workingpreacher.org/dear-working-preacher/advent-on-the-mind Commentary/Exegesis by Karoline M Lewis Topics: Advent , Awareness of God , Incarnation , God's Presence Source: Working Preacher This devotional by Karoline Lewis challenges readers to approach Advent not as a time to look forward to something, but as a time to be attentive to God's presence in the world in the present. Advent Confession Element of Worship by Nathan Nettleton https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/11/advent-confession.html Element of Worship by Nathan Nettleton Topics: Advent , Forgiveness , Mercy , Confession Source: Re-Worship Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness. Advent in the Marketplace Article by Cameron Lee https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/advent-in-the-marketplace/ Article by Cameron Lee Topics: Advent , Voice , Culture , Economics Source: Fuller Studio Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of... Advent Family Prayers Element of Worship by Alison VanBuskirk Philip https://youngclergywomen.org/advent-family-prayers/ Element of Worship by Alison VanBuskirk Philip Topics: Advent , Hope , Joy , Love Source: Young Clergy Women Alison VanBuskirk Philip offers prayers used with her family for the four weeks of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Why Not "Move" Advent to November? Article by Lester Ruth https://www.reformedworship.org/article/september-2003/why-not-move-advent-november Article by Lester Ruth Topics: Advent , Incarnation , Liturgy , Lectionary Source: Reformed Worship Lester Ruth relates how he tried observing Advent in November for a congregation that did not have a strong tradition of Advent. He also discusses situations in which "moving" Advent would not work well. Old Pickups and Advent Sermon Illustration by Kyle Childress https://www.faithandleadership.com/kyle-childress-old-pickups-and-advent Sermon Illustration by Kyle Childress Topics: Advent , Patience , Waiting Source: Faith and Leadership An old pickup truck helps a pastor to view his vocation in a new light as he engages is advent waiting. An Advent Prayer: Expectant God Element of Worship https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2010/07/18/an-advent-prayer-expectant-god/ Element of Worship Topics: Advent , Waiting , Wisdom , Patience Source: Gathered Prayers This prayer for Advent prays that we learn the lessons of waiting and the wisdom to live with our questions. An Advent Question Article by Patricia Bruno https://preacherexchange.com/ssh_dec20.htm Article by Patricia Bruno Topics: Advent , Creation , Prophets , Isaiah Source: preacherexchange In this Advent reflection on the prophet Isaiah, Patricia Bruno observes that one of the ways God expresses God’s presence and care for us is through the wonders of creation. Advent Prayer for People Living with Violence Element of Worship by Carol Penner https://leadinginworship.com/2009/11/advent-prayer-for-people-living-with-violence/ Element of Worship by Carol Penner Topics: Advent , Fear , Peace , Violence Source: Carol Penner "May love’s pure light this season empower us to come to the aid of your hurting people." In this Advent prayer, Carol Penner intercedes for those for whom "peace is absent." Second Sunday of Advent: Compact Unit on Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Element of Worship by Tyrone Emmanuel McGowan, Jr. http://theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupLectionaryReading.asp?LRID=241 Element of Worship by Tyrone Emmanuel McGowan, Jr. Topics: Advent , Jesus , Worship Planning , Sermon Source: The African American Lectionary This worship service resource is for the second Sunday of Advent and uses Psalm 72:1-7,18-19 as it's primary text. Included in here is a sermon outline, an illustration, and a litany. Advent Traditions Article by Josh Tinley https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3049/advent-traditions-to-try Article by Josh Tinley Topics: Advent , Eschatology , Tradition , Waiting Source: Ministry Matters This article highlights several traditions to help honour the Advent season as more than just getting an early start on Christmas, but as a season of preparation for all the ways that Christ enters our world. Zechariah's Praise Song Sermon Illustration by Scott Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/advent-2c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Scott Hoezee Topics: Advent , Zechariah , John the Baptist , Redemption Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Scott Hoezee, in this advent sermon starter on Luke 1:68-79, discusses how Zechariah's prophecy recalls God's redemption of Israel and points to God's salvation as a present and future reality.