2015 Advent Resources

A Different Kind of Christmas from Rethink Church 

Advent and Christmas are seasons that fill the church calendar with joyous events and services - events to which you want to invite neighbors and others seeking a faith community. Reach literally thousands of households in your community with direct mail customized postcards that carry an inviting and welcoming Advent message. Order yours through our online portal. We will print and mail them to the area you choose — at a fraction of the usual cost. Also available are customizable Advent-themed door hangers and invitation cards. You can receive a set of 100 each - for free - when you order by Dec. 1. Downloadable graphics and bulletin covers let you carry the same Advent theme into worship. All of the resources are also available in Spanish. Order postcards here.

Webinar: O Come Let Us Adore Him - Worship for Advent & Christmas Eve 

This webinar, presented by Rev. Ben Gosden, addresses the following topics: What is Advent and how is worship different?; Why Advent is NOT Christmas and how to deal with the tension; Special additions to Advent worship to enhance the worship experience. It was originally presented and recorded on Thursday, October 24, 2013. 

Watch the webinar here: http://umc.adobeconnect.com/p4kir2hn9ja/.

Not a Silent Night

This year, experience Advent and Christmas with the one who knew Jesus more intimately than anyone else—his mother, Mary. Imagine the pain she felt at the crucifixion, her pride as Jesus’ ministry grew, and her unrestrained joy when she looked into his tiny face that fateful night in the stable. Adam Hamilton helps you witness the life of Jesus from Mary’s unique perspective, starting at the very end and traveling back in time to the very beginning—the night of Christ’s birth. Includes 5 sessions:

1. Beginning with the End 
2. The Piercing of Mary’s Soul 
3. Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished 
4. Mary, Full of Grace 
5. It Was Not a Silent Night
More here

The Journey: A Season of Reflections

Take a Christmas break and sit down with pastor and best-selling author Adam Hamilton as he guides you through a four-week devotional based on the most joyous event in history. Created for individual use or as a companion to the primary book, The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem, you’ll find short, reflective devotions combined with Scripture readings and heartfelt prayers.

Each daily devotional is designed to draw you in to a closer fellowship with God as you reflect and respond to this Christmas season.

The Journey: A Season of Reflections is a great gift idea for family, friends, teachers, and ministry leaders. More here

Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas

As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them . . . —John 17:18

God sent Christ into the world as our Savior. That’s what Christmas is all about. In turn, Christ sends us into the world. But do we really understand how, where, and why we are sent? This five-week, churchwide Advent study, written by Rev. George Acevedo, challenges us through story, art, and Bible study to discover what it means to be Christ’s hands, feet, head, and heart.

Centered around a DVD with 8-10 minute videos created by a group of dynamic young pastors, Sent is appropriate for adults and youth. The study includes a Participant Book, a Leader Guide for adult small groups, a Youth Study Guide for students ages 13-18, and The Children’s Leader Guide for use with kids 12 and under. A companion book, Devotions for the Season, offers four weeks of personal daily reflections. Click here for more

Ministry Matters

Ministry Matters offers several resources for this Advent Season. Learn more

Society of St. Andrew

Reclaim the spiritual dimensions of the Advent season this December with Society of St. Andrew’s devotional booklet, Miracle in the Manger. Make room in your heart and in your busy days throughout the month for a few minutes each day reading scripture, reflecting on a brief meditation, and praying, in preparation for the Savior who is to come. - See more here