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Christmas gifts that won’t break

Author: James W. Moore September 8, 2016

This advent study resource is a handy one for churches because its four-week themes tie into the themes signified by the four advent wreath candles (hope, love, joy and peace), and it provides leader guides for all ages of the church–adults, youth and children. In our culture of gift-giving, the study asks participants to think […]

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With Hearts and Hands Uplifted

Author: Mark Hinds September 3, 2016

This resource, published by Witherspoon Press in 2009, provides an opportunity for quiet reflection and study during the season of Advent. The booklet contains twenty-seven meditations paired with Scripture and well-loved hymns. For example, one entry pairs the hymn Amazing Grace with Samuel 2:7 and a reflection about the idea of home: how David longs to be […]

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The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem

Author: Adam Hamilton September 2, 2016

Adam Hamilton’s popular five-session study The Journey  introduces participants to the archaeology and terrain in the landscape between Nazareth and Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph would have experienced it during their journey. The resource provides an array of choices for classes to use such as a Hamilton’s book The Journey,  an extensive leader guide, accompanying devotionals, […]

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A Thrill of Hope: The Christmas Story in Word and Art

Author: Candler School of Theology August 24, 2016

Artist John August Swanson’s work is visually detailed, colorful,  influenced by Mexican and Swedish folk art traditions, and contains reference to his interest in Byzantine and medieval mosaics and stained glass windows. This resource presented by Emory’s Candler School of Theology is a six-section study of the Advent and Christmas story– A Visit (Luke 1:26-38), The Nativity (Luke 2:1-7), The […]

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Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season

Author: Heidi Haverkamp August 2, 2016

This book by Heidi Haverkamp provides 28 devotionals, each with Scripture selections, excerpts from C.S. Lewis’s book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and reflection questions. The book encourages readers to pair an Advent journey of discovery with a Narnia journey of discovery. The book could be used and enjoyed by small groups of […]

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Wonder of Wonders: Christmas with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer November 6, 2015

A variety of Bonhoeffer’s writing selections are paired with beautiful photographs of the natural world to create a lovely collection of meditations. Wonder of Wonders could be used as a devotional by adults or younger readers. It invites readers to slow down, be aware of the quiet, reflective possibilities in a busy season, and be more aware […]

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The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Extremist

Author: Sybil MacBeth November 6, 2015

From Praying in Color author Sybil MacBeth comes this book of creative practices and activities that will help families, groups and classes reclaim the season of Advent as a time of preparation for Christmas. Ideas for making a “progressive crèche,” singing, praying, reading scripture, planting bulbs, learning and celebrating the moments of a reflective season […]

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WE: Expectations One Event for Advent

Author: Laura Keeley November 6, 2015

  An intergenerational, single-event resource for Advent! Gather your congregation or Sunday School classes to share a meal, create a Jesse Tree, study Scripture, sing, and pray together. The resource includes planning tips, an outline of the event, supply lists and reproducible pages. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or evening together in […]

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The Light Will Shine: A Study for Advent

Author: Carol Miller November 6, 2015

The Light will Shine, a short study from Kerygma written by Carol Miller, follows the common lectionary for scripture study each week of Advent and includes a session for Epiphany. The study also celebrates the beautiful hymns of the season. Kerygma resources are known to offer rich information and a variety of activity and teaching options. […]

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