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We’re All Invited to “Come” and Begin the New Church Year Together Tomorrow, Advent Sunday

November 30, 2013

The new Church Year begins tomorrow with the start of the Season of Advent. Tomorrow, Advent Sunday, is 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. The image at the top of this posting is of the awesome new window decoration for the Season that Allison Pierce and Susan Owen painted today – thank you, Allison and Susan! Tomorrow look for other decorations of blue and purple. Also look for the lighting of the Advent Wreath, and the singing of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and the Great Litany.

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Each Sunday in Advent has a different theme. Tomorrow our focus is “Hope.”

Our Lord is inviting us all to “come” and anticipate in hope his coming to us!

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As the three images immediately above show, print resources to enrich our Advent journey are available in the Book Nook outside my Office and on two tables in the Hall. The images will enlarge if you click on them twice. “Chrismons” refers to symbolic white and gold Christmas Tree decorations.

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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. Episcopal Priest Rick Morley has Advent reflections that you can access by clicking here. Print versions of his 2013 Advent reflections will also be available on the Hall “Advent Resources” table on the Sunday for which they’re written, and moved to the magazine and handout rack afterwards.

4. 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).”

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5. Lastly, for previous years’ 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/.

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/advent-and-the-hope-of-the-coming-dawn/.

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/advent-a-season-of-hope-a-message-from-our-bishop/.

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

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Embedded immediately below are two versions of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” that make my heart sing: the first by L’Accorche-Choeur, Ensemble Vocal Fribourg; and the second by “CrossPoint Worship.” We’ll be singing this great Advent Hymn in the style of the former and the English language of the latter at both of tomorrow’s Services.

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