"Thank you to Reverend Laura Marie Piotrowicz for writing this Advent Resource for The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund". -- inside back cover.
"This Advent The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) invites you to take a few moments each day to reflect on what is feeding you through this busy time. We encourage you to slow down and enter into prayerful consideration of the meaning of the season. We invite you to join us in these Advent Reflections which encourage thought on issues on food security. Each Sunday we will connect the weekly Gospel theme with a PWRDF good news story. Monday through Saturday we offer reflections on those themes within the contexts of a feast and of local realities. We will then enter into prayer and encourage your own spiritual challenges." -- p. 3.
Contents: The Feast: Reflections for the Season of Advent 2012 -- Advent 1: Planning -- Advent 2: Preparing -- Advent 3: Inviting -- Advent 4: Serving.
Contents include four "PWRDF good news stories": [From Haiti] A Growing Balcony / Simon Chambers -- [From Bangladesh] Seeds of Hope and Joy / Denise Hambidge -- [From Tanzania] Clean Water Improves Health and Lives in Tanzania / Simon Chambers -- Archbishop Hiltz Visits PWRDF Project in Solomon Islands / Simon Chambers.
A booklet with meditations for the 27 days of the Advent season, written by Alison Gibson, whose husband Robert was the tenth Episcopal Bishop of Virginia.
Contents: The Advent Prayer -- Introduction: Advent: The Irrational Season -- Day 1. Advent as Adventure -- Day 2. Waiting: Time Not Wasted -- Day 3. What Do We Expect -- Day 4. Waiting for a Sure Thing -- Day. 5. The King is in the Pit -- Day. 6. Hospitality -- Day. 7. Gifts that Delight -- Day. 8. More Blessed to Give -- Day. 9. Stripped Bare -- Day. 10. Let Me Do It -- Day. 11. Clear Glass Windows -- Day. 12. Go Out on a Limb -- Day. 13. Coming of Age -- Day. 14. The Road to Bethlehem -- Day. 15. Ah, Wilderness ! -- Day. 16. Liberation -- Day. 17. Peace -- Day. 18. Changing Direction -- Day. 19. Now Do You See What I Mean ? -- Day. 20. I am Angry -- Day. 21. Voices and Visions -- Day. 22. Thy Kingdom Come -- Day. 23. Hope -- Day. 24. Wonders -- Day. 25. Christmas in a Strange Land -- Day. 26. Magic Candles -- Day. 27. The Creche and the Cross.
"Four Advent devotions, written by four leaders of the Anglican and Lutheran churches in North America, have been made available to members of all four churches". "On October 12-13 , Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, met with National Bishop Susan Johnson, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC); Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, of The Episcopal Church (TEC); and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The meeting, held at the ELCA office in Chicago, was the four bishops' latest four-way dialogue, a tradition of informal annual meetings begun in 2010". "The [Advent] devotions are on the theme of next year's 500th anniversary of the Reformation: 'Liberated by God's Grace', and three of the theme's sib-headings: 'salvation not for sale, human beings not for sale and creation not for sale'." "The four also heard reports on the progress of the two Anglican-Lutheran ecumenical bodies in Canada and the U.S., the Joint Commission for Anglican Lutheran Communion in Canada and the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee".
"[By] Sister Hope Mary, C.T. [and] Sister Diana Dorothea, C.T. Supported by the prayers of Sister Jeanette Claire, C.T. and all the Sisters of the Transfiguration".
"Each night, as part of Compline, our final prayers of the day together, the Sisters of the Transfiguration pray the Transfiguration collect ... This collect reveals a deep Advent yearning. We ask for the faith to see beyond the struggles of our daily lives to perceive the reality of Christ. We pray to be delivered from that which keeps us from knowing the reality of Christ, Emmanuel, God With Us. .... May this Advent become a time to listen to our own truest yearnings; even above the clamor of all that 'must' be done during this season. May we receive the mercy God longs to give to deliver us from our inner disquietude. May we receive the faith to behold the king in his beauty in our worship and prayers, in the beauty of the created world, and especially in opportunities to love and serve Christ in each other" (p. 3-4).
Contents: Welcome and Introduction / The Sisters of the Transfiguration, Cincinnati, Ohio -- Advent I: November 27 -- November 28 -- November 29 -- November 30 -- December 1 -- December 2 -- December 3 -- Advent II: December 4 -- December 5 -- December 6 -- December 7 -- December 8 -- December 9 -- December 10 -- Advent III: December 11 -- December 12 -- December 13 -- December 14 -- December 15 -- December 16 -- December 17 -- Advent IV: December 18 -- December 19 -- December 20 -- December 21 -- December 22 -- December 23 -- December 24: Christmas Eve -- December 2: Christmas Day.
"God touching us uniquely in Jesus helps us see that God is a sign-giver, longing to be in touch with us through all the designs and textures of our lives. In these daily Advent meditations, Titus Presler reflects on experience in parish ministry and the world church to explore how we can cultivate and alertness for signs of God's presence in our lives". -- p. 3.
Contents: Alert for Signs: Seeing and Praying through Advent -- First Sunday of Advent: Watching for Signs -- Monday I: A Watching Community -- Tuesday I: What's God Up To ? -- Wednesday I: Watching Together -- Thursday I: God's Longing -- Friday I: A Prayer in Advent -- Saturday I: God on Mission -- Second Sunday of Advent: Eucharist as Sign -- Monday II: A Personal Mission -- Tuesday II: A Coming of Rain -- Wednesday II: Squinting for Signs -- Thursday II: Signs and Countersigns -- Friday II: The Sign of Martyrdom -- Saturday II: Carols of Incarnation -- Third Sunday of Advent: A Prisoner of Hope -- Monday III: Discernment -- Tuesday III: Good News for the Poor -- Wednesday III: Once Separate, Now Together -- Thursday III: Prayer Supreme -- Friday III: Reconciliation in Faith -- Saturday III: Family Mission -- Fourth Sunday of Advent: Signs of Trust -- Monday IV: Christmas Eve -- Christmas Day.
Author is an Episcopal priest, "Sub-Dean and Professor of Mission and World Christianity at General Theological Seminary". -- p. 47.
"Sequel to: Brightest and best". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"This collection follows `Brightest and Best: A Companion to the Lesser Feasts and Fasts' and completes that lectionary. The first collection provided meditations on each of the persons and occasions detailed in the Episcopal calendar of lesser feasts and fasts. This second volume provides reflections for the seasonal daily lections beginning with Monday in Advent I to Christmas and Epiphany, and from Ash Wednesday through the forty days of Lent and Holy Week to Easter, than each of the fifty days of Eastertide, ending at Pentecost". -- Preface, p. ix.
Contents: Preface -- The Weekdays of Advent and Christmas Until the Baptism of Christ -- The Weekdays of Lent and Holy Week -- The Weekdays of Easter Season -- Index of Scripture.
"How might we put the brakes on the 'Christmas machine' so that we can prepare for the wonder and joy of Christmas ? For centuries, Christians have observed the four weeks leading up to Christmas as the season of Advent. It is a time of preparation and anticipation of the birth of Christ. The following are some suggestions for how families and individuals might observe this rich season of the church year." -- p. 2-3.
Contents: Advent Wreath -- Cr?che -- Christmas Tree -- Quiet and Reflection -- Gifts -- Giving to Those in Need.
"This series of Advent meditations was written by the editors at Forward Movement and is based on the texts of several hymns and carols of the season. Music has long been a major part of Advent and Christmas observances. Words readily implant themselves in the memory when set to music, enabling worshipers to recite (or more likely sing) them long after they have departed the church" -- back cover.
Contents: "O come, O come Emmanuel" (Days 1-8) -- "Hills of the north, rejoice" (Days 9-13) -- "Lo ! He comes with clouds descending" (Days 14-17) -- Magnificat (Days 18-19) -- "Of the father's love begotten" (Days 20 to Christmas Day).
This book is a "thoughtful and inspiriting collection of meditations from the most gifted Anglican writers of the past six hundred years. 'Love Came Down' draws on the best sermons, books, poems and hymns by these writers, to provide a reading for every day in Advent and for each of the twelve days of Christmas. Writers include Christina Rossetti, R.W. Church, F.D. Maurice, John Donne, Jeremy Taylor, Madeleine L'Engle, Thomas Traherne, William Law, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many others." -- back cover.
"Many of the biblical Psalms urge worshipers to rest in the Lord, wait for the Lord, and put their trust in the Lord. In this volume, Cathy H. George. priest-in-charge of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts, explores the dimensions of resting, waiting and trust that arise in the Advent and Christmas seasons. Each meditation is based on one of the psalms appointed for the day in the Daily Office Lectionary in 'The Book of Common Prayer'." -- back cover.
Contents: Preface / Cathy H. George, Dorchester, Massachusetts -- First Sunday of Advent -- First Monday of Advent -- First Tuesday of Advent -- First Wednesday of Advent -- First Friday of Advent -- First Saturday of Advent -- Second Sunday of Advent -- Second Monday of Advent -- Second Tuesday of Advent -- Second Wednesday of Advent -- Second Friday of Advent -- Second Saturday of Advent -- Third Sunday of Advent -- Third Monday of Advent -- Third Tuesday of Advent -- Third Wednesday of Advent -- Third Friday of Advent -- Third Saturday of Advent -- Fourth Sunday of Advent -- Fourth Monday of Advent -- Fourth Tuesday of Advent -- Fourth Wednesday of Advent -- Fourth Friday of Advent -- Fourth Saturday of Advent -- Christmas Day -- December 26: Saint Stephen, Deacon and Saint -- Saint John: Apostle and Evangelist -- December 28: The Feast of the Holy Innocents -- December 29 -- December 30 -- December 31 -- January 1: The Feast of the Holy Name -- January 2 -- January 3 -- January 4 -- January 5 -- January 6: The Epiphany -- [About the Author] -- [Forward Movement advertisement].