From The Episcopal Church:
[October 30, 2019] New and updated Advent resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith are now available: Way of Love Digital Invitation Kit, updated Journeying the Way of Love Advent calendar and curriculum, AdventWord 2019, Sermons That Work compilation of Advent and Christmas selections, Advent reflections from Episcopal Migration Ministries, and bulletin inserts. All are available here.
Also offered again this year are digital Christmas Eve services.
Digital Invitation Kit for Advent (available in English, Spanish, and French)
Continuing the invitation to connect The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life more deeply to the seasons of the year, The Episcopal Church has developed additional free and downloadable resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith. An Advent Digital Invitation Kit is available now to help congregations invite people to enter into this season of preparation.
The theme of the Advent Digital Invitation Kit is inspired by Mark 1:3 and Isaiah 40:3 “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” and includes: a customizable poster, postcard, and flyer; a social media-ready graphic; and a Facebook cover image.
Please join us this Advent season as we prepare to usher in the Way of Love – a journey that begins by saying “yes” to God’s call to birth new life into our lives and the world.
Journeying the Way of Love Advent curriculum and Advent calendar (available in English and Spanish; calendar available in French also)
A four-week Advent curriculum and Advent calendar pegged to readings and themes from the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke that incorporates Way of Love practices and the nativity/infancy narrative of Jesus to enable participants to grow spiritually during this season of preparation.
#AdventWord (available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole)
This popular Advent practice returns in 2019. Sign up to receive a daily word, visual and short written meditation. Each day during Advent, meditations will be available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole, with ASL videos. This global effort asks participants to post a reflection of where they find the #AdventWord as part of their spiritual journey. Find #AdventWord here.
Sermons for Advent and Christmas
Advent can be an important time to slow down and anticipate the joy of Christmas. This is a compilation of Advent and Christmas sermons from some of the best preachers in the Episcopal Church. Whether you use this book for private devotionals and inspiration, small group study, or reading from the pulpit, we pray that you will find this holy season brightened by the Everlasting Light himself.
Find sermons here.
Bulletin inserts (available in English and Spanish)
Bulletin inserts for each Sunday in Advent are designed to complement the revised Advent Calendar and Journeying the Way of Love Advent curriculum. Available in full page, one-sided and half page, double-sided formats.
Episcopal Migration Ministries will offer weekly advent reflections on the EMM blog. and on the Hometown podcast. Hometown episodes can be found on SoundCloud, Stitcher, Google Play and iTunes.
Christmas Eve programs
The Episcopal Church is offering digital Christmas Eve services on December 24, making Christmas Eve worship accessible to those not attending a service or program at a local church. More information on the digital Christmas Eve programs will be available here in the coming weeks.