ADVENT WEEK #3
ADVENT WEEK #3
As mentioned, the Sunday readings in your book are for year B of the Revised Common Lectionary.
The best place to find all of these years & readings listed are CRI / The Voice website
The Church Year begins with Advent in November/December.
Here is a quick look at the breakdown of years from the Revised Common Lectionary.
Click on the year below to take you to the Sunday readings you are looking for.
Year A: 2016-2017, 2019-2020
Year B: 2017-2018; 2020-2021
Year C: 2015-2016; 2018-2019
For more Sunday resources refer to the week #1 Sunday post.
My Advent Week #2 playlist is up for your listening pleasure!
This Spotify playlist is all the song i listened to on the second week of Advent and Spottily is great because i can share love with you!
Honestly the Kings Kaleidoscope’s version of Come Thou Long Expected Jesus is by far my most listened to song this past week and probably will be next week… it’s so good! I have a bit of a hard time recommending their music because they come from Mark Driscoll’s church. And yea, i’m just not a huge Mark Driscoll fan. Sorry if you are, read day 13 in the Advent book if you want to know why i don’t like Pastor Mark. There are a few other reason as well.
Regardless, Kings Kaleidoscope is REALLY good! Check out their Christmas album and all their albums actually, really good stuff! And Come Thou Long Expected Jesus is on the week #2 playlist, make sure you give it a listen.
My Noisetrade recommendation for the week is Sufjan Stevens. He’s been on both my 1st and 2nd week Spotify playlist. He’s prolific, has a ton of good stuff! He’s quirky, you probably won’t like it all but let it play, you’ll enjoy it!
Those are my Advent Music Monday recommendations.
This is the first session of 6 in a series by N.T. Wright (this link will take you to the Youtube page where you can watch all 6 videos)
The videos are suppose to be a companion to the book Surprised by Hope for small groups and study groups. The videos are great even if you haven’t read the book.
Surprised by Hope is an amazing book! It’s not an easy read but if you want to be challenged and if you want to grow in your biblical and theologic knowledge, you’ve got to read this book! Buy it on Amazon today!
If this book is a little to challenging I would suggest you start with N.T. Wright’s book Simply Christian. Then check out Wright’s book on the Bible, Scripture and the Authority of God.
After you’ve read those pick up Surprised By Hope. Once you’ve read that, then pick up After You Believe. Also really good but very challenge and not quite as good as Surprised By Hope.
Boom! There is your NT Wright for the day!
You can’t go wrong with Wright!
1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
And here are a couple more verse to stir your imagination as well.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
Our Father who art in heaven,Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to You, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations,
so control our wills, that we may be wholly Yours, utterly dedicated unto You;
and then use us, we pray, as You will, and always to Your glory and the welfare of Your people;
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
– Book of Common Prayer
I thought i would give some cool light imagery to use for personal prayer & contemplation or even in your worship times this week.
Lightstock.com is the best place I know to get images and graphics like this. And if you signup for their newsletter they send you free images regularly. Check them out!
This is one slide in a series of Advent slide. Solid and simple... Link for download
Some classic candles. From Lightstock...
Light a real candle as you pray. It symbolizing the presence or Christ, so spend some time in prayer.
Today’s meditation is from Fr. Richard Rohr. He’s a Franciscan friar and priest.
His devotional work and his books are amazing, thought a little "out there" at times.
His Advent book that I quoted today is the best Advent devotional I have found!
That’s a tip for next year!
I also recently listened to a teaching series of his entitled The Art of Letting Go. I picked it up on Audible and it was phenomenal!
You can check out Fr. Rohr's center, The Center for Action and Contemplation, he has a ton of youtube videos and some writing out there as well. You will be glad you did!
Also, here’s another scripture to think about during this week of Hope!
13. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Your challenge for today is to write a one paragraph answer to the question,
This paragraph is the answer to the questions "why are you a Christian” or “why do you live so differently” or “why don’t you do what everyone does” etc.
This is a one paragraph testimony / telling of why you have faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ.
Take a picture of your paragraph (write it on an index card) and post it on your instagram, Facebook and/or twitter accounts. Then pray God would help you to have some good conversations!
(don’t forget to use the hashtag #AdventJourney)
GOD’S ASTOUNDING and radical intervention in our human history cannot be contained
in the tame and timid displays of Christmas lights, catchy slogans, or the exchange of gifts. Advent confronts us once again
with God’s unparalleled effort to communicate the message that all humankind is embraced and held close by a God of love.
Jesus Christ has come, is present with us, and will come again in final victory when all darkness, pain, and evil will be no more.
In Advent we begin again to try to make plainthe wonderful truth of the most extraordinary good news the world
has ever heard. Soon we will join the angelic chorus in singing, “Christ the Savior is born.”
– Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job
From A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God