December 13, 2017

Resources for the Season

This afternoon I thought I would pass along some links that might be of help to you or to someone you care about during this Advent and Christmas season. I am not going to suggest every possible resource out there, just a few good quality sites. Some provide daily readings, prayers, and other personal devotional materials. Other sites give ideas for creative ways of loving Christ and our neighbors during the holiday season.

Links to Resources for Advent and Christmas

Lift Up Your Hearts: Advent, Christmas, & Epiphany Resources from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

The Text This Week

Online Devotionals for Advent

Online Advent Calendar by Mark D. Roberts. This year, Roberts is featuring “Advent Doodles” for each day by his wife, Linda.

Following the Star: A Daily Online Advent Devotional Guide. Includes a centering time, a look at Scripture, a devotional thought, a time for prayer, and a benediction.

Advent Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries. Read or listen to daily devotions online. You can also download the devotions in a printable booklet.

Advent 2011 Calendar from EWTN. On the same page you will also find information about other Advent and Christmas traditions and practices.

Opportunities to Make a Difference this Christmas

Advent Conspiracy. The concept is based on four simple ideas: (1) Worship Fully — put worshiping Jesus at the center of the season, (2) Spend Less — buy one less gift this Christmas, (3) Give More — make Christmas a time to love others in memorable ways, (4) Love All — find ways to give resources to those who need it most.

Rethinking Christmas. This is a community site for you to share your stories and ideas for the season of advent. To particpate, contribute your gift ideas, and post questions and comments in the forum. You must create an account to participate.

Want to get really “radical” for Jesus this Christmas? [We love that word at IM!] Check out Buy Nothing Christmas, an initiative started by Canadian Mennonites.

OK, iMonks. Feel free to give testimony to any of these or add your own suggestions.

Comments

  1. Full Homely Divinity…

    http://fullhomelydivinity.org/articles/advent.htm

    Tons of great resources for the liturgical year, from an Anglican view.

  2. And I really like “Following the Star”…reminds me Sacred Space.

  3. If you are going to be a Lutheran, you need more music:

    Here’s the LCMS radio station, which plays a lot of great Advent and Christmas music:
    http://www.classic99.com/

    Or, download spotify, then go here,

    http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Lutheran-2011-2015.htm

    and make a playlist of Bach’s advent and Christmas cantatas. Or check Youtube. For example:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6MMW-NJmt8

    Also, Praetorious’s Christmas Vespers, and Heinrich Schutz’s Christmas Story, are other favorites:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLuDerq_XyM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IF4giGN-LQ&feature=related

    Also, here is the Fort Wayne Lutheran Sem’s chapel services online, which I enjoy much more than private devotions:

    http://www.ctsfw.edu/Page.aspx?pid=457

  4. Margaret Catherine says:

    Not a site, alas, but a book recommendation – Christ in His Mysteries, by Bd. Columba Marmion. It’s a wonderfully clear walk-through of the liturgical year, beginning of course with Advent.

  5. Nice materials, here are more http://www.worship.ca/christmas.html God bless you