In the season of Advent, we remember the many years—centuries, really—the people of God waited for the long-prophesied Messiah, who eventually arrived through the birth of Jesus. The word Advent, in fact, means “coming” or “arrival.” It marks the beginning of the liturgical year because it is where the story begins.

During this season, we assume a posture of waiting. We choose to enter the story as it happened for those who came before us: with anticipation, with groaning, with longing, with hope.

It is no new practice for us to wait in the dark. We, too, live in a world of shadows. We, too, trust in a future victorious day. We, too, cling with a stubborn hope to what God has promised: the return of our coming King. Advent is a time for us to practice the “already but not yet” kind of waiting.

Jenn Giles Kemper 



Below, you'll find an ever-growing collection of resources to help you deepen your experience of the season. Many of them were created by members of the Sacred Ordinary Days tribe, and the list has been—and will continue to be—curated by the tribe. Share your own recommendations for additional resources in the Sacred Ordinary Days Facebook group to have them added here.

Advent Podcast


Feasting on the Word Advent Companion: A Thematic Resource for Preaching and Worship by David L. Bartlett, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Kimberly Bracken Long, eds. 

Cloth for the Cradle: Worship Resources and Readings for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany by John Bell and Wild Goose Worship Group 

God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Good Dirt: A Devotional for the Spiritual Formation of Families—Advent, Christmastide and Epiphany (Vol. 1) by Lacy Finn Borgo and Ben Barczi

We Light the Candles: Devotions Related to Family Use of the Advent Wreath by Catharine Brandt

Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting by Kris Camealy

Songs in Waiting: Spiritual Reflections on Christ's Birth by Paul-Gordon Chandler

Destination Christmas! Advent Programs and Practices for Youth by Laura and Billy Echols-Richter

The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder

Behold! Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins

Prepare the Way: Cultivating a Heart for God in Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins

Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins

Why This Jubilee? Advent Reflections on Songs of the Season by James C. Howell

Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2016–2017 by the Irish Jesuits

Taste and See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas by Jan Johnson

Advent Illustrated: Waiting 'Round the Wreath—A Seasons Illustrated Bible Journaling Study by Sarah Laughed

The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L'Engle

The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Extremist by Sybil MacBeth

The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean

What Are You Waiting For? by Christine McSpadden

Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent by Enuma Okoro

Meeting the Messiah: Scriptures for the Advent Season by Kara Lassen Oliver

Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons by Jan Richardson

Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas by Jan Richardson

Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM

Singing Mary's Song: An Advent Message of Hope and Deliverance by John A. Stroman

Christmastide: Prayers for Advent through Epiphany from the Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle

Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation by Melissa Tidwell

Advent with Evelyn Underhill by Evelyn Underhill and Christopher L. Webber, ed.

Light of Lights: Advent Devotions from the Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide by Upper Room

God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas by Various

Goodness and Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas by Various

Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas by Various

The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas by Ann Voskamp

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp

Not Yet Christmas: It's Time for Advent—A Daily Reader by J. D. Walt

Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas, and the Kingdom by Walter Wangerin Jr. 

Kneeling in Bethlehem: Poetry for Advent and Christmas by Ann Weems

Advent for Everyone: A Journey through Matthew by Tom Wright

 


Advent Spotify playlist
curated by Sacred Ordinary Days

Advent and Christmas Spotify playlist curated by tribe member Sarah Eisele-Dyrli

Advent Spotify playlist curated by Erik Meyer and tribe member Callie Swanlund (accompanied by Erik's commentary on each track, "A Little Advent Music")

Advent at Ephesus by Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles 

Salvation Is Created: A Christmas Record by Bifrost Arts 

Advent, Vol. 1 by The Brilliance

Advent, Vol. 2 by The Brilliance

Advent by The Calendar Years

"Canticle of the Turning" by Rory Cooney on Safety Harbor

Christmas Songs, Vol. 1 by Folk Angel

Headed Home: Christmas Songs, Vol. 2 by Folk Angel

Comfort & Joy: Christmas Songs, Vol. 3 by Folk Angel

Glad Tidings: Christmas Songs, Vol. 4 by Folk Angel

All the Earth Rejoice: Christmas Songs, Vol. 5 by Folk Angel

Live at Green Lux: Christmas Songs, Vol. 6 by Folk Angel

Tell Us of the Night: Christmas Songs, Vol. 7 by Folk Angel

The Light Came Down by Josh Garrels

The Longest Night: Christmas Songs of Lament and Longing by Russ Hitt

Unto Us by JJ Heller

Oh Light by The Liturgists

Lowborn King by The Modern Post

Advent: Music in Solitude by Eric Nordhoff and the Transforming Center

Good News by Ordinary Time

In the Town of David by Ordinary Time

Advent to Christmas by Page CXVI

Christmas Songs by Penny and Sparrow

Behold the Lamb of God—10th Anniversary Set by Andrew Peterson

A Family Christmas by The Piano Guys

Waiting Songs by Rain for Roots

Silent Night by Red Mountain Church

A Child Is Born by Sojourn

Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song by Sovereign Grace Music

The Advent Project: Advent Liturgies by Willow Creek Artists

Advent (Deluxe) by Young Oceans



S1 | E2 : Advent + Crafting Traditions with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast

Crowding Out Christ in Our Hearts with Jonathan Martin on The Practice podcast

Advent with Alex Wilgus on the Word and Table podcast

 

"Advent" Godly Play by Godly Play Foundation

The God of Surprises: An Advent Reflection by James Martin, SJ

Advent Videos by The Religion Teacher

He Came Down by Speak Life

Advent 01. Hope. {The Greatest Gift} by Ann Voskamp

Advent 02. Peace. {The Greatest Gift} by Ann Voskamp

Advent 03. Joy. {The Greatest Gift} by Ann Voskamp

Advent 04. Love. {The Greatest Gift} by Ann Voskamp

Advent Films by The Work of the People



Sacred Time: An Online Retreat for Advent and Christmas by Christine Valters Paintner at Abbey of the Arts

Advent Conspiracy

Advent Prayers 2016 by Beth Richardson at Alive Now

When the Heart Waits: A Soul Journey into Advent, Christmas + Epiphany by Tara Owens at Anam Cara

The Easiest DIY Wreath You'll See All Season—How to Make a Holiday Wreath at Apartment Therapy

Advent: Why It Matters (and How to Do It Sanely) by Tsh Oxenreider at The Art of Simple

An Easy, No-Frills Advent Calendar by Tsh Oxenreider at The Art of Simple

Celebrating St. Nicholas, the Real Santa Claus by Tsh Oxenreider at The Art of Simple

Advent Reflections—Cycle A by Ruth Haley Barton and the Transforming Center

Advent Reflections—Cycle B by Ruth Haley Barton and the Transforming Center

Advent Reflections—Cycle C by Ruth Haley Barton and the Transforming Center

Grimm's Annual Calendar Ring at Bella Luna Toys

Wooden Advent Spiral at Bella Luna Toys

The Advent Project by Biola University's Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts

Celebrate Advent with the Jesus Storybook Bible (Including Free Printable Reading Plan) by Adriel Booker

Advent Resource Guide by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Liberated by God's Grace by ECUSA, ACC, ELCA, and ELCC

26 Ideas for Advent (with Sybil MacBeth) by Rachel Held Evans

Hope: Reflections for Advent, Week 1 by Lisa Michaels at Flip Flops, Glitter, and Theology

Peace: Reflections for Advent, Week 2 by Lisa Michaels at Flip Flops, Glitter, and Theology

Joy: Reflections for Advent, Week 3 by Lisa Michaels at Flip Flops, Glitter, and Theology

Love: Reflections for Advent, Week 4 by Lisa Michaels at Flip Flops, Glitter, and Theology

Advent Week 1: Darkness by Jill Courser at Full and Generous Life

Advent Week 2: Dawn by Jill Courser at Full and Generous Life

Advent Week 3: Life by Jill Courser at Full and Generous Life

Advent Week 4: Joy by Jill Courser at Full and Generous Life

Make Your Own Advent Wreath by Heather Sleightholm at Grow Christians

This Advent, How Will You Wait? by Nurya Love Parish at Grow Christians

Advent Confessions by Sarah Stripp at Guest of the Kingdom

Advent Art Journal by The Handcrafted Story

Weekly Advent Devotions for Busy Women Who Would Love to Do Daily Readings but Can't Find the Time by Stephanie Clinton at Hugs, Kisses, and Snot

Mary Consoles Eve by Rev. Jack King

#pictureAdvent Daily Photo Challenge by Life Enrichment Center

Advent Companion 2016 App by Magnificat Bookstore

25 Days to Handel's Messiah: An Advent Devotional Guide by Cindy Rollins at Morning Time Moms

You Know What Sounds Awesome About Now? A Good, Juicy Apocalypse: An Advent Sermon by Nadia Bolz-Weber 

The Shoulder Season of Advent by Siri Liv Myhrom at OnBeing

The Advent Coloring Calendar: A Coloring Book to Bless and De-Stress Through the Season by Paraclete Press

Peace Light — North America Facebook group

Advent Wreath Meditations by The People of the United Methodist Church

God With Us: An Advent Retreat with the O Antiphons by Pray as You Go and Sacred Space

Journeying with the Magi: Advent Retreat 2015 by Pray as You Go

Living the Magnificat by Pray as You Go

CountUP-to-Christmas Advent Calendar Templates by Sybil MacBeth at Praying in Color

Scrap Yarn Sock Advent Calendar by Anna Johanna on Ravelry

Advent and Christmas Resources by Reformed Worship

The Advent Door by Jan Richardson

Jesse Tree Project by Jacki Rucksdashel

Our Favorite TV Episodes during Advent by Tamara Hill Murphy at A Sacramental Life

The Beginning of Advent: What's Stirring Within You? by Lacy Clark Ellman at A Sacred Journey

An Advent Invitation: Keeping Vigil and Waiting With Anticipation by Lacy Clark Ellman at A Sacred Journey

The Final Days of Advent: How Will You Give Birth to the Holy? by Lacy Clark Ellman at A Sacred Journey

God With Us: An Advent Retreat with the O Antiphons by Sacred Space and Pray as You Go

Advent Illustrated by Sara Laughed at Seasons Illustrated

Advent 2016: Christ Was Born for This by She Reads Truth

'Twas the Day Before Advent by Joy Sherman

Wait with Me? An Advent Challenge by Leah Slawson

#AdventWord by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Lumen Divinum: A Retreat for Advent by Contemplative Outreach at Spirituality & Practice

Wisdom for Advent and Christmas by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat at Spirituality & Practice

Still Forming Advent Meditations 2015 by Christianne Squires at Still Forming

Advent Meditations: Letting Go of Best-Laid Plans by Katie Savage in The Table Magazine

Advent 2015 Devotional by Trinity Grace Church Chelsea

Wandering Wisemen Facebook page

DIY Painted Votive Advent Wreath by Ann Marie at White House Black Shutters

Preparing Heart and Home: Advent by Jennifer Mackintosh at Wildflowers & Marbles

  

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