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Posted by Kris MacQueen
 - Dec 01, 2017, 9:09 AM

Advent is the beginning of the Christian Calendar and introduces us to the Season of Light. We can easily forget that Jesus came to a disenfranchised people, a politically powerless people who had known little but exile and occupation for generations.

Far from being a season of glitz and warm fuzzies, advent reminds us that Christ came into darkness and brought light with him. He came into a powerless people group and established an unending Kingdom. The Son of Holy Trinity, yet born among outsiders

In this season, now known for rampant consumerism and one-up-man-ship, advent is part of the solution. It is a season of preparation, so that when Christ is revealed, we'll recognize him and receive him as he comes to us. Let's prepare to hear these words again:

"Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger."
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased."

Below are links and attachments to resources that we think could be helpful in our communities as we engage this important season.

Scripture readings for advent from the Revised Common Lectionary, formatted for PowerPoint:

Songs of Advent & Christmas - Thumbnail.jpg

A collection of congregational Advent and Christmas Songs featuring songs from Andy Park, David Ruis, Kris MacQueen and Travis Thuro.

Check it out here.
Songs of Advent and Christmas - Charts.pdf

Erika Kobewka from Old Strathcona Vineyard in Edmonton has prepared some excellent responsive readings you can access here: Advent Responsive Readings.pdf

Brilliant Advent poems by Malcolm Guite, based on the O Antiphons:

Friend of the Vineyard, Garret Viggers has a song video that is a fantastic Advent primer: