Happy New (Lectionary) Year! This past Sunday, November 27th, we celebrated the First Sunday in Advent and rotation into the next Lectionary Year. *If you are unfamiliar with the Revised Common Lectionary or how it is organized, click here for a great resource out of Vanderbuilt Divinity Library!*
Many of you belong to, or lead, congregations in full swing with Advent activities. My home congregation recently sent home a flier chock fulls of opportunities to worship, serve, and fellowship in celebration of the coming of our Lord this Christmas. While traveling about in my Church Relations work, I have seen creative and inspiring opportunities to celebrate Advent.
With this spirit in mind, you will find several resources with descriptions below. Links to each resource are captured in the italicized name. Feel free to use them in your personal quiet time, with your families or neighbors, in small groups in your congregation, or in worship during this Advent season! Similarly, comment below with your own creative ideas for Advent or interesting ways in which your congregation celebrates this season.
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Connect lectionary scripture readings to children’s stories throughout the Advent season. Lectionary readings are listed chronologically; scroll down to catch up on the First Sunday in Advent and find narratives with reflections through the New Year. This is an excellent Christian Education resource to be used throughout the year!
“The Office of Theology and Worship has provided a collection of worship resources for Advent, including candle-lighting litanies, eucharistic prayers, an order of worship for a service of lessons and carols, a chart with two sets of lectionary readings, and an Advent calendar starter kit.”
A treasure trove of online resources for pastors, Christian’s educators and faith leaders. This portion of the site chronicles Advent resources, including Advent candle/wreath liturgies, worship planning, “Blue Christmas/longest night, hanging of the greens liturgies, artwork/music/multimedia resources and devotionals/Advent calendars.
The Advent season is, indeed, the most wonderful time of the year. As God’s faithful, we prepare, again, in hopeful expectation for the coming of our Lord. May you be encouraged this season to have faith, spread hope and choose love!
Rev. Nicole Childress Ball, Church Relations Officer