The new Feasting on the Word Advent Companion offers an all-in-one pastor’s companion for Advent. This companion offers an alternative to strict lectionary use for Advent, with six thematically-designed services for the four Sundays in Advent, as well as, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Four midweek services provide a supplemental study of John the Baptist to enhance the congregation's Advent experience. The resources in this companion are a combination of material from existing Feasting on the Word volumes as well as newly written material such as hymn suggestions, Service of Hope and Healing, and children's sermons. In keeping with other Feasting on the Word resources, the Advent Companion offers pastors focused resources for sermon preparation along with ready-to-use liturgies for a complete order of worship, making this an invaluable resource for the Advent season.
Handel’s Messiah is one of the most beloved musical works of the western world, playing an especially sentimental role in many people’s Christmas traditions. Every Valley: Advent with the Scriptures of Handel’s Messiah includes forty reflections that journey in order through Messiah, taking the reader deeper into less-often studied texts like Malachi 3:3 and bringing new light to popular passages like Luke 2:9–14. Each reflection offers the text from Messiah, the same passage in the NRSV, and a brief devotion on the text. Readers can peruse the book at leisure or examine one reflection per day throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.
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