Celebrate Advent

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Celebrate Advent

Worship and Learning Resources

by John D. Hendrix, Susan Hooks Meadors & David G. Miller

Regular Price: $14.00
Online price: $11.20
Paperback/160 Pages

Worship
ISBN: 1-57312-180-0

Brief Description

Imagine the excitement of coordinating every aspect of a church’s life during the Advent season. Older children, youth and adults study coordinated Sunday School lessons. The Sunday morning worship experience continues the theme. Intergenerational activities further unpack the theme on Wednesday or Sunday evenings.

Celebrate Advent offers this sort of comprehensive church-wide experience for a church. The emphasis draws from a wonderful old Christmas carol, “People, Look East”. Here’s the first of verse from this carol:

People, look east.
The time is near of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able.
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east: Love the guest is on the way.

Other verses play out other aspects of the season, each ending with a new variation:

Love the rose is on the way.
Love the bird is on the way.
Love the star is on the way.

Each Sunday, the theme is drawn from a verse in this carol. The included Sunday school lessons offer a Bible study for older children, youth and adults. Fully developed worship outlines are also provided, complete with prayers, litanies, children’s sermons, and even a sample sermon for each Sunday. Then, instructions for a intergenerational Bible studies and gatherings are offered for use on Wednesday or Sunday nights.

Celebrate Advent provides a warm and wonderful way to draw your congregation together during this meaningful season.

Materials included:

– 4 fully developed worship outlines, including prayers and litanies
– 4 children’s sermons
– 4 sermons
– 4 Sunday School lessons for older children
– 4 Sunday School lessons for youth
– 4 Sunday School lessons for adults
– 4 Plans for intergenerational gatherings & studies

About the Authors

John D. Hendrix is pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Clinton, Mississippi. He was the Basil Manly Jr. Professor of Christian Education for 11 years at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Susan Hooks Meadors is Associate Pastor of Youth and Education at Northside Baptist Church, Clinton, Mississippi. David G. Miller is Associate Professor of English at Mississippi College and Liturgist at Northside Baptist Church, Clinton, Mississippi.

Table of Contents

Preface
“People, Look East”
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
Preparing for Advent
Understanding the Season
Introducing the Season
Adapting the Services
The Four Sundays of Advent
Chapter 2
Orders of Worship
The First Sunday of Advent
The Second Sunday of Advent
The Third Sunday of Advent
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Chapter 3 – Sermons
Children
The First Sunday of Advent
The Second Sunday of Advent
The Third Sunday of Advent
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Adults
The First Sunday of Advent
The Second Sunday of Advent
The Third Sunday of Advent
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Chapter 4 – Educational Activities
Older Children
The First Sunday of Advent
The Second Sunday of Advent
The Third Sunday of Advent
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Youth
The First Sunday of Advent
The Second Sunday of Advent
The Third Sunday of Advent
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Adult
The First Sunday of Advent
The Second Sunday of Advent
The Third Sunday of Advent
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Intergenerational
The First Sunday of Advent
The Second Sunday of Advent
The Third Sunday of Advent
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Bibliography

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