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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... The Shocking Metaphors of Advent Audio/Video by Rolf Jacobson http://www.workingpreacher.org/brainwave.aspx?podcast_id=157 This podcast explores the lectionary texts assigned to the first week of advent and discusses the fact that it does not come in the quiet Christmas fashion, but with loud anticipation of Christ's return. Author: Rolf Jacobson Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Working Preacher

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Beating Swords into Plowshares Practical How-To by Carolyn Brown http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2010/09/year-first-sunday-of-advent-november-28.html A collection of lesson ideas and activities by Carolyn Brown designed to help teach children about peace and peacemaking, as well as the themes (and hymns) of Advent. Author: Carolyn Brown Resource type: Practical How-To Source: Worshiping With Children

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Homilies for Advent Sermon (Complete) by Ray E. Atwood http://www.hprweb.com/2013/11/homilies-for-december-2013/ Ray Atwood has created these homilies for advent. He uses texts primarily from Isaiah, the gospels, Acts, and some of the letters (Romans, Hebrews, etc). He focuses on the home and love that God has for... Author: Ray E. Atwood Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review

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The Coming of the Son of Man Sermon (Complete) by Fabian Radcliffe http://torch.op.org/torch/the-coming-of-the-son-of-man An Advent sermon. Fabian Radcliffe shows us how the coming of the Son of Man is both an event in the future, and a reality in our present. Author: Fabian Radcliffe Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Torch

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Wait a Bit Sermon Starter/Outline by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/1AdvA112716/reflections_foley.html John Foley's Advent reflection makes a countercultural suggestion that waiting can be a holy gift that invites us to notice the mundane but God-filled objects all around us. Author: John Foley Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The Sunday Website

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Lighting Candles in the Dark Sermon (Complete) by Lawrence Lew O.P. http://torch.op.org/torch/lighting-candles-in-the-dark In this homily, Lawrence Lew looks at the Advent candle as a reminder of our baptismal vocation to walk in the light of Christ. Author: Lawrence Lew O.P. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Torch

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Advent Sunday A Sermon Starter/Outline by John van de Laar http://sacredise.com/lectionary-resources/advent-sunday/ The first Sunday of Advent frequently has us reflect on Christ's Second Coming. If we aren't careful, we turn to pie-in-the-sky theology, but Psalm 122, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, and Isaiah 2:1-5 offer a different perspective. Author: John van de Laar Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Sacredise

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Imagine Big Audio/Video by Rolf Jacobson http://www.workingpreacher.org/brainwave.aspx?podcast_id=457 This podcast goes through the texts and wonder at how this lectionary week (First Sunday of Advent) invites us to think about different, bigger, and at time difficult images for God (Matthew 24:36-44). Author: Rolf Jacobson Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Working Preacher

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First Sunday of Advent with Children Practical How-To by Carolyn Brown http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2013/08/year-first-sunday-of-advent-also-sunday.html On the First Sunday of Advent, Carolyn Brown suggests focusing on the beginning of the new Christian year with children by celebrating the whole year. Includes notes on Psalm 122; Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:11-14. Author: Carolyn Brown Resource type: Practical How-To Source: Worshiping With Children

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Full Text Hymns on advent The Advent of Our KingPD
Light the Advent Candle (Advent Song)©
Advent Wreath and Christmas Manger Blessing©
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Unexpected Ways of God Commentary/Exegesis by Ben Cremer http://www.aplainaccount.org/isaiah-21-5/ This commentary on Isaiah 2:1-5 reminds us God brings salvation from the most unexpected places. "May we call our people to faithfully anticipate God’s light and to expect it in God’s ways, and not our own." Author: Ben Cremer Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: A Plain Account

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Never Give Up Hope Sermon Starter/Outline by Scott E. Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/advent-1a/?type=the_lectionary_gospel Being faithful to our Lord in our everyday routines demonstrates holy watchfulness for Christ's return. Scott Hoezee offers a sermon starter and illustration for Matthew 24:36-44. It includes questions to ponder, textual points, and an illustration. Author: Scott E. Hoezee Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching

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There Will Be Peace Someday Commentary/Exegesis by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3835 Juliana Claassens offers commentary for preaching Isaiah 36:1-37:7 and Isaiah 2:1-4. The first passage is deeply steeped in violence and war, while the second passage reveals a God who teaches the ways of peace. Author: Juliana Claassens Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week

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A Homegoing Song Sermon (Complete) by Elaine Dreeben http://day1.org/7539-elaine_dreeben_a_homegoing_song In her sermon on Psalm 122, Elaine Dreeben argues that we are invited to pray, not just with our hearts and voices, but with our feet. Author: Elaine Dreeben Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1

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Later Days Sermon (Complete) by Ted A Smith http://day1.org/5368-later_days In this sermon on Isaiah 2:1-5, Ted Smith discusses how the annual coming of Advent continuously reminds us of the hope that has come and will come again. Author: Ted A Smith Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1

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Advent & Christmas Article by Karoline Lewis http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1685 In this article, Karoline Lewis offers practical suggestions to address the challenges of preaching hope during the season of Advent, a time when hope can be drowned out by other worries. Author: Karoline Lewis Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher

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