The season of Advent is one of active anticipation and preparation. It is not a passive season in which we quietly wait for the coming of Christ, but one in which we shout of the hope, joy, peace and love that came when God entered the world as a baby in a manger. The season of Advent, which means “to come” is four weeks long. It begins the Sunday after Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas Day. It is during these weeks that we prepare not only for the coming of the Christ child, but the coming of the Holy Spirit into our lives and the coming of Jesus at the end of time.
In this prayer guide you will find personal worship times for each Sunday of Advent and morning and evening prayers to be read for each day of the week. The scriptures chosen in this guide follow the Lectionary texts for this year. If you want to know more about the Lectionary here is a good resource: http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/faq2.php
This guide can be read with friends or family all together or on your own, but in order to get the full use of this guide you will need both the guide and your Bible. The refrains written in bold print on Sundays are words that are to be said aloud whether you are using this guide as an individual or with others. The beautiful thing about this kind of prayer guide is that even if you choose to move through it as an individual you are part of a larger community; lifting the same prayers and singing the same hymns on the same days as your colleagues at Campbell.
May you take these weeks of Advent to prepare your heart for the coming of Christ and be filled with the joyful anticipation that this season can bring.
Special thanks to Dr. Barry Jones, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Campbell University Divinity School, who wrote the Old Testament reflections for this guide.
Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002, Consultation on Common Texts.
Feasting on the Word Advent Companion: A Thematic Resource for Preaching and Worship edited by David L. Bartlett, Barbara Brown Taylor and Kimberly Bracken Long.
Celebrating Grace Hymnal, CCLI 1213711.
New Revised Standard Version Bible © 2007, Harper Collins.
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