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The New Church Year Begins with Advent Sunday Tomorrow

December 1, 2012

Advent 1

You’re invited to come to our 8:30 and 10:00 Services tomorrow, December 2, at which we’ll mark the beginning of the new Church Year. Tomorrow is Advent Sunday, the first of the four weeks leading up to Christmas in which we focus on preparing the way for Our Lord’s coming into our lives. Tomorrow, we’ll light the first candle of the Advent Wreath, pray the Great Litany together, with the theme of waiting for the Lord in hope. 

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To enrich our Advent journey, print resources, including patterns for making Chrismons’ tree decorations, will be available in the Hall on one of our new tables.

Advent Resources' Table

Here are some other resources to help us this Advent:

1. The website for Grace Episcopal Church in Jamestown, North Dakota, shares the following helpful links to Advent material:

– Eleven Ways You and Your Family Can Observe Advent (click here)
– The Spirituality of Advent by the Archbishop of Canterbury (click here)
– How to Make and Use an Advent Wreath (click here)
– What is Advent? An Introduction (click here)
– Advent Customs (click here)
– Advent Games, Crafts, and other Activities (click here)
– More Advent Resources from the Anglican Tradition (click here).

2. King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland, Georgia, has an introduction to Advent that you can access by clicking here.

3. You can also go to https://docs.google.com/#all, and type in as your email address stpaulscalgary, and as your password God’s Grace, to access to the following three Advent reflections:

– “0016. ‘The First Week of Advent”
– “0017. Why We Need Advent”
– “0021. Advent 1 Reflection (Larry Gillick).”

4. Lastly, for last year’s Advent 1 reflections on this blog, please click on these links:

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/advent-light-in-the-darkness-by-laura-matt-norvell/

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/advent-musing-on-stilling-the-heart-by-the-rt-revd-gordon-light/

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/gods-faithfulness-to-gods-promises-the-source-of-our-hope-by-robert-c-hereth/

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/twas-the-beginning-of-advent-by-j-todd-jenkins/

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/the-good-news-of-advent-by-the-revd-dr-norman-knowles/.

I’ll be adding Advent reflections and links on this blog regularly as the Season unfolds.

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Embedded immediately below is what I think is a pretty awesome arrangement by Samuel Metzger of the great Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Embedded below this is the traditional version of the hymn. We’ll be singing the latter at both of tomorrow’s Services.

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