The Lord Is Our Light: An Advent Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary

The Lord Is Our Light: An Advent Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary

by A. Elaine Brown Crawford, Nan Duerling


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The Lord Is Our Light: An Advent Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary by A. Elaine Brown Crawford, Nan Duerling

The Lord Is Our Light invites you to explore God’s hope and presence through a study of the scripture readings for Advent and Christmas. Key Bible readings call us to praise God as we actively wait for the coming of God’s redemption and new creation. Through the readings, we hear the call to celebrate the light of God revealed through Jesus Christ.

The season of Advent offers opportunities to prepare for God’s coming in human form in the baby Jesus and for the approach of God’s kingdom with the second coming of Christ. Hope is the focus of Advent worship, study, and prayer. We will discover the light that began in the manger and that continues as we look forward with hope to Christ's return.

The Lord Is Our Light is based upon the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures for year B of the church year, a three-year cycle of Bible readings. The study includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles. It offers the opportunity to explore these Bible readings in a five-session study. The goal is to help participants understand, appreciate, and engage in meaningful and joyous celebrations of Advent and Christmas and to live each day in God's light through Jesus Christ.

The study book includes a leader guide with information about the season of Advent, suggestions for starting and leading small groups, Bible background, and discussion activities

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426785832
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

A. Elaine Brown Crawford serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Interdenominational Theological Center, and Candler School of Theology Course of Study faculty, in Georgia. She is an elder appointedto Newman Chapel United Methodist Church in Newman, Georgia asSenior Pastor. She also holds a PhD in Historical Theology from Union Theological Seminary.

Dr. Nan Duerling has been writing and editing curriculum resources for youth and adults since 1984. The editor of The New International Lesson Annual, Nan has also contributed to resources including Mature Years, Scriptures for the Church Seasons, Seasons of the Spirit, Leader in the Church School Today, and Bible Lessons for Youth. When she served as a member of the Committee on the Uniform Series of the National Council of Churches, Dr. Duerling participated in the development of the annual cycles for the International Lesson Series and worked with the youth team as a consultant. Nan taught in the Course of Study School at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. from 1987 until she retired in 2008.

Nan lives in Cambridge on Maryland’s picturesque Eastern Shore with her husband Craig, her mom Ruth, Craig’s mom Helen, and two lively Curly-Coated Retrievers, Ada and Bentley, who are registered therapy dogs. The Duerlings are members of historic Zion United Methodist Church, where Nan leads a weekly lectionary study group for the community.

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