Advent resource suggestions from our friend Scott Gunn (with a few extras by me) over at Forward Movement. Let us know if you have any other ones or go share them with Scott.
- I’m a big fan of the Advent Conspiracy. They are doing a valiant job of trying to help us all recover a deeper meaning of Advent beyond “the season that gets in the way of Christmas.”
- Forward Movement, where I serve in ministry, offers a rich array of Advent resources. This year’s Advent booklet is From the Holly Jolly to the Holy by Jim Rosenthal. For those who know him, it will not surprise you to learn that St. Nicholas plays a prominent role. With brief daily meditations, the book is a wonderful companion for Advent Sunday through the Feast of the Epiphany. Besides print, it’s available on all the standard ebook readers. Check thewebsite for details.
- Our friends at Church Publishing have released a wonderful iOS app for Advent featuring artwork of the inimitable Jay Sidebotham (who now serves at RenewalWorks). Get the app today, it’s the best 99 cents you’ll spend.
- SSJE offers an online Advent calendar in partnership with the communications office at the Episcopal Church Center.
- Advent might be a good time to start (or renew) a commitment to praying the daily office. Forward Movement offers the offices online with all the readings and prayers included. It’s all straight-up Book of Common Prayer.
- Advent podcasts from the Anglican Church of Canada.
- An Advent Toolkit from Episcopal Relief & Development that is aimed at helping congregations sponsor a Gifts For Life campaign. This site has many resources along with a downloadable calendar with reflection suggestions for the season.
- Daily Advent meditations delivered to your inbox from the Diocese of Newark. Sign up here.
Advent music suggestions:
- Advent at Merton (CD or iTunes) from Merton College, Oxford.
- Advent Procession ‘O’ Antiphons (CD or iTunes) from St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle.
- Advent (CD, download version not available, I guess) by the Gregorian Singers of Minneapolis.
- From Darkness to Light (CD or iTunes) from Salisbury Cathedral.
The iTunes links, above, should give you samples. Or you can search other sources for MP3 recordings with previews.