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Advent is Coming

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Advent is Coming ... Whom are you waiting for?
Whom are you waiting for?
The four weeks of Advent begin on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. How appropriate to start our journey of waiting and anticipation in the context of a time focused on giving thanks. 
The question we are asking this year is - Whom are you waiting for? The answer that each one of us gives may make a huge impact on how we choose to live during this season. Here are some options for marking the days until Christmas. Most of these resources take only a few minutes each day. Will you take a few moments to seek the one who brings hope, peace, joy and love? 
Slow Down, Quiet, It's Advent! is poster that can be used by everyone in the home.  Pick one up at church this Sunday.  Enjoy the season through the whimsical art and ideas of Jay Sidebotham. 
Living Well through Advent: Practicing Patience with all your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind. This daily meditation guide is a great way to enter into some quiet time each day through the words for various church leaders and scripture. Guest writers this year include: Steven Charleston, Nurya Love Parish, Tom Purdy, and Porter Taylor. If you prefer an app to a printed booklet, follow this link.
Both of these resources are available in Founders' Hall.
Daily Devo. St. Dunstan's still offers this daily email to all parishioners. This is primarily focused on families with young children, but I use this daily and have found it beneficial. If you unsubscribed or are not receiving this service it is easy to re-submit your email, just contact me
The Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), a monastic community of The Episcopal Church, has an interactive advent practice this year using Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.  Each day the community provides a word - and then those participating, share a picture which describes that word.  You will receive access to view all submissions from around the world. Sign up to participate in this year experience by going to this link
Following the Star is a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  The daily devotional site, d365, is produced by Passport, Inc. and is sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  Access this online resource here.
Busted Halo, an online magazine for spiritual seekers and a ministry of The Paulist Fathers, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, offers an online Advent calendar at this link.                                      
Do you use other resources for your Advent experience? Let me know and I will share those in the next weeks.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


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