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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 Candle Lighting Liturgy Element of Worship by Derek Weber https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/advent-candle-lighting-liturgy-2019 Element of Worship by Derek Weber Topics: Advent , Light , Peace , Hope Source: Discipleship Ministries Derek Weber offers a liturgy for the lighting of Advent candles - peace, hope, joy, trust, and love (the Christ candle), with a scripture passage for each lighting. ‘Advent Chant’ (A New Birth of Hope) Song/Hymn by Phil Porter http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/104499222290/advent-chant-a-new-birth-of-hope Song/Hymn by Phil Porter Topics: Advent , Birth , Hope , Church Source: Global Worship Lyrics video of a simple ‘Advent Chant’ (A New Birth of Hope) by Phil Porter and Elaine Kirkland, sung as a two-part round by St. Teresa’s Church Parish Choir. 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 Tension Sermon Starter/Outline by Stan Mast http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/advent-3b/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Starter/Outline by Stan Mast Topics: Advent , Hope , Joy , Exile Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Preaching notes by Stan Mast on Psalm 126: An invitation to enter into the tension of Advent--the tension between what God has already done and what we still need God to do. Advent as Realignment Sermon Starter/Outline by Taylor Burton-Edwards https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship-planning/advent-through-christmas-season-2017-series-overview/first-sunday-of-advent-2017-planning-notes/first-sunday-of-advent-2017-preaching-notes Sermon Starter/Outline by Taylor Burton-Edwards Topics: Christmas , Prophets , Repentance , Suffering Source: Discipleship Ministries Preaching notes for the first week of Advent, including two reflections by Taylor Burton-Edwards on Advent and St. Nicholas Day. Burton-Edwards writes that Isaiah 64:1-9 invite us to return to God in the midst of disaster. Advent Reflection: Waiting with Joy Sermon Starter/Outline by Mark D. Roberts https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/advent-reflection-waiting-joy Sermon Starter/Outline by Mark D. Roberts Topics: Advent , Joy , Hope , Zephaniah Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling Mark Roberts' sermon starter reflects on Zephaniah's vision (3:16-17) of hope that God would be present with his people and delight in them. In Advent we also rejoice in hope of the coming of Christ. Advent Series: Hope Is on the Way Sermon Starter/Outline by Jarrod Johnston https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/4276/advent-series-hope-is-on-the-way Sermon Starter/Outline by Jarrod Johnston Topics: Advent , Christmas , Waiting , God's Presence Source: Ministry Matters Designed for use during Advent through Epiphany Sunday, Jarrod Johnston's sermon starters on Matthew 1:18-25, 3:1-12, 11:2-11, 24:36-44, Luke 2:1-20, Hebrews 2:10-18, John 1:1-18 draw attention to God's presence, our expectations, our faith, and God's grace. Between Two Advents: In the Interim Commentary/Exegesis by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. https://www.religion-online.org/article/between-two-advents-in-the-interim-luke-2128/ Commentary/Exegesis by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. Topics: Advent , Second Coming , Faithfulness Source: Religion Online This commentary on Luke 21:28 looks at the time between the first coming of Jesus Christ and his second coming, suggesting that our task is faithfulness in our work and in our attitudes. The Kingdom Comes (Advent/Christmas song by Josh Blakesley/Sarah Hart) Song/Hymn by Josh Blakesley http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/168030379415/the-kingdom-comes-adventchristmas-song-by-josh Song/Hymn by Josh Blakesley Topics: Advent , Christmas , Hope , Peace Source: Global Worship Four video versions of "The Kingdom Comes" by Josh Blakesley and Sarah Hart, one of her posted 30 Advent songs. Song's vocals (with acoustic guitar accompaniment) address Advent as a time of light, hope, singing, and... The "Second Coming" in Mark Commentary/Exegesis by Mark Allan Powell https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/first-sunday-of-advent-2/commentary-on-mark-1324-37-3 Commentary/Exegesis by Mark Allan Powell Topics: Advent , Waiting , Second Coming , Apocalypse Source: Working Preacher This Advent commentary by Mark Allen Powell on Jesus' "second coming" described in Mark 13:24-37 discusses how lovers of Christ should both "live as though the end is at hand" and "dig-in for the long haul." Advent According to Luke Commentary/Exegesis by Shively Smith https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/fourth-sunday-of-advent-2/commentary-on-luke-126-38-5 Commentary/Exegesis by Shively Smith Topics: Advent , Angels , Gospel , Commentary Source: Working Preacher This commentary on Luke 1:26-38 highlights the uniqueness of Luke's account of the good news, which includes moments such as words of assurance given to Mary. Longing for Christ: an Advent Commentary Commentary/Exegesis by Brent Peterson http://www.aplainaccount.org/1-corinthians-13-9/ Commentary/Exegesis by Brent Peterson Topics: Divisions , Unity , Body of Christ Source: A Plain Account Brent Peterson's commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 offers both line by line notes and notes for preaching during Advent. This passage reminds us what Christians should truly long for: Christ at the center of life. 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... A 12-Step Advent Examen Practical How-To by Terrance Klein https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/12/06/12-step-advent-examen-what-it-means-be-parish Practical How-To by Terrance Klein Topics: Advent , Church , Community , Compassion Source: America: The Jesuit Review Terrance Klein suggests taking time during Advent to reflect on these twelve types of people sitting in church on Sunday. "If a face or two has come before your mind...God has given you a gift." Advent Hymn Sing with the Roots Worship Collective Audio/Video by Roots Worship Collective http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/154062860235/advent-hymn-sing-with-the-roots-worship-collective Audio/Video by Roots Worship Collective Topics: Advent , Worship , Rejoicing , Singing Source: Global Worship A video of the nearly 2 hour Advent Hymn Sing by the Roots Worship Collective, with the set list provided to make it easier to find songs to use during worship. The Three Advents Practical How-To by Robert B. Kruschwitz http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/125864.pdf Practical How-To by Robert B. Kruschwitz Topics: Advent , Awareness of God , Prayer , Humility Source: The Christian Reflection Project This study guide for 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 examines how God comes to humankind through the Advent of Christ, how Advent is a sacrament, and how Advent helps us understand our profound need for God's transforming power. Advent Prayer Stations: An Intergenerational Experience Element of Worship by Erica Schemper https://www.reformedworship.org/article/september-2013/advent-prayer-stations Element of Worship by Erica Schemper Topics: Advent , Meditation , Prayer , Intergenerational issues Source: Reformed Worship As the coming of Christ approaches, reflection and mediation are important. This article presents how you might incorporate Advent prayer stations in your church for all generations to experience as you anticipate Christ. Small Group Plan on Peace for Advent Practical How-To https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship-planning/are-we-there-yet/first-sunday-of-advent-year-a-planning-notes/first-sunday-of-advent-year-a-faith-formation Practical How-To Topics: Advent , Education , Peace , Redeemer’s Return Source: Discipleship Ministries This small group meeting plan for Advent on peace is from Matthew 24:36-44, Isaiah 2:1-5. The resource asks, “How can we as disciples anticipate the coming kingdom as we celebrate God’s presence among us now?” Home is Where We Meet — Music Notes for Songs to Sing During Advent Practical How-To by United Methodist Church - Discipleship Ministries https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship-planning/advent-through-christmas-season-2017-series-overview/second-sunday-of-advent-2017-planning-notes/second-sunday-of-advent-2017-music-notes Practical How-To by United Methodist Church - Discipleship Ministries Topics: Advent , Ministry , Education , Singing Source: Discipleship Ministries This resource provides worship leaders with a synopsis of various suggested songs suitable for Advent. Along with the synopsis are suggestions as to how best to perform the songs in a congregational worship service. 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.

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