2016 Advent Resources
Advent 2016: God is With Us
Rev. Robin Wilson, Senior Pastor at Dauphin Way UMC
Make this year's Advent even more special than usual. Prepare your heart and life for the celebration of God's presence in this season of waiting with God Is With Us, a study of the lectionary Bible readings for Advent and Christmas. By following the lectionary, your study of the Bible and your prayers will be in tune with your pastor's sermon. You'll have a better understanding of the flow of the Scripture readings chosen for the season. Be ready to claim and celebrate the new hope we have in Jesus Christ!
God Is With Us is based on the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures for church Year A, the first of a three-year cycle of Bible readings. The study includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Epistles, and the Gospels. It offers the opportunity to explore these Bible readings in a five-session study. The font size in this large print version is 14-point for easier reading. Click here to order.
Rethink Church: Advent outreach resources
Rethink Church has print and video resources to help you share the message that Church Can Happen Anywhere and anytime we open our hearts to others. Welcome your community with warm wishes this Christmas season. Our new Advent direct mail postcards, door hangers and invitation cards — available in English and Spanish — show how we live the true meaning of Christmas. Order your Advent resources by Nov. 1 for arrival before Thanksgiving! Order now.
Imagine No Malaria
Can you imagine a world where malaria does not exist, where children live their lives in joy and mothers sleep peacefully knowing their children will wake up healthy? We can. Read how you are impacting children around the world in our 2015 Impact Update. This Advent, use these Sermon Starters, worship graphics and posters to get your congregation or conference involved in the life-saving effort to eradicate malaria. Help us meet our $75 million goal. More here.
Not a Silent Night
This year, experience Advent and Christmas with the one who knew Jesus more intimately than anyone else—his mother, Mary. Imagine the pain she felt at the crucifixion, her pride as Jesus’ ministry grew, and her unrestrained joy when she looked into his tiny face that fateful night in the stable. Adam Hamilton helps you witness the life of Jesus from Mary’s unique perspective, starting at the very end and traveling back in time to the very beginning—the night of Christ’s birth. Includes 5 sessions:
1. Beginning with the End
2. The Piercing of Mary’s Soul
3. Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished
4. Mary, Full of Grace
5. It Was Not a Silent Night
The Journey: A Season of Reflections
Take a Christmas break and sit down with pastor and best-selling author Adam Hamilton as he guides you through a four-week devotional based on the most joyous event in history. Created for individual use or as a companion to the primary book, The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem, you’ll find short, reflective devotions combined with Scripture readings and heartfelt prayers.
Each daily devotional is designed to draw you in to a closer fellowship with God as you reflect and respond to this Christmas season.
The Journey: A Season of Reflections is a great gift idea for family, friends, teachers, and ministry leaders. More here.
Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas
As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them . . . —John 17:18
God sent Christ into the world as our Savior. That’s what Christmas is all about. In turn, Christ sends us into the world. But do we really understand how, where, and why we are sent? This five-week, churchwide Advent study, written by Rev. George Acevedo, challenges us through story, art, and Bible study to discover what it means to be Christ’s hands, feet, head, and heart.
Centered around a DVD with 8-10 minute videos created by a group of dynamic young pastors, Sent is appropriate for adults and youth. The study includes a Participant Book, a Leader Guide for adult small groups, a Youth Study Guide for students ages 13-18, and The Children’s Leader Guide for use with kids 12 and under. A companion book, Devotions for the Season, offers four weeks of personal daily reflections. Click here for more.
Ministry Matters offers several resources for this Advent Season. Learn more.
Society of St. Andrew
Reclaim the spiritual dimensions of the Advent season this December with Society of St. Andrew’s devotional booklet, Miracle in the Manger. Make room in your heart and in your busy days throughout the month for a few minutes each day reading scripture, reflecting on a brief meditation, and praying, in preparation for the Savior who is to come. - See more here.