Feasting on the Word Advent Companion: A Thematic Resource for Preaching and Worship

Feasting on the Word Advent Companion: A Thematic Resource for Preaching and Worship

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Overview

This new volume in the Feasting on the Word series provides an alternative to strict lectionary use for Advent, with six thematically-designed services for the four Sunday 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. 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. All new material including hymn suggestions, Service of Hope and Healing, and children's sermon make this an invaluable resource for the Advent season.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664259648
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 10/10/2014
Series: Feasting on the Word
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 857,415
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David L. Bartlett is Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the author of What's Good about This News: Preaching the Gospel from Galatians and coeditor of the Westminster Bible Companion series.

Barbara Brown Taylor is Harry R. Butman Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in Piedmont, Georgia and Adjunct Professor of Christian Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is the author of many books, including An Altar in the World. She is an at-large editor for The Christian Century and a sometime commentator on Georgia Public Radio.

Kimberly Bracken Long is Associate Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the author of The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship and The Eucharistic Theology of the American Holy Fairs, both published by Westminster John Knox Press.

Read an Excerpt

"As Christmas' cultural and commercial value increases ever more, the spiritual grounding of Advent expectation becomes more and more essential. Taking time for personal reflection and family devotion becomes just another item on parishioners' long to-do lists, often falling below endless shopping, wrapping, baking, and hosting. Sunday worship and Christmas Eve services are their primary opportunities to stop and consider the timeless truth and lasting promise of Advent, and pastors' primary opportunity to touch hearts and lives during this special season."

—from the introduction

Table of Contents

COMPLETE SERVICES

First Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

MIDWEEK SERVICES

Introduction

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Service of Hope and Healing

Eucharistic Prayers for Advent and Christmas

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