First Week of Advent

Advent is underway!

This year we are celebrating the season with once-or-twice weekly posts sharing some of our favourite Advent resources. We’ll be revisiting poems, songs, art, sermons and stories from previous years, but we also have some new resources this year.

One area we are developing at the moment is a collection of resources to use with children. There are no children in the Moffitt household, but some generous friends with children have volunteered to write up stories of how they celebrate Advent with their kids, and we can’t wait to share these with you as Advent unfolds. Our first reflection on celebrating Advent with kids comes courtesy of the Meoli family, who use The Truth in the Tinsel  to celebrate Advent with their toddlers. Check it out.

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This year we’re also going to share some of our favourite Advent music. Not just Christmas carols mind you – we’ve collected some true to form Advent music created especially to help Christians remember the coming of Christ. There are some traditional carols mixed in, but much of it is original contemporary music, written to help God’s people hold fast to the promise of his return and to faithfully wait for him. To kick us off this week we’ve included a link here to Advent by New York outfit Young Oceans. We love this album so much. Please have a listen if you are looking for something new for your Advent playlist this year.

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Our other resources this week are treasures from the archives. Given that many of us are putting up our Christmas decorations now, it seems like a good time to read Jane Williams’ reflections on Christmas decorations. We’ve also included John Milton’s poem ‘The Lord Will Come and Not be Slow‘ and a collection of some of our favourite Annunciation art. Click through for works by Leonardo da Vinci, Fra Angelico, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Kim Ki Chang and John Collier.

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