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With exciting original artwork, creative orders of worship, and a wealth of educational material, including sermons and intergenerational activities, Celebrate Advent is a valuable resource for local church leaders, regardless of the size of the congregation or experience with the season. After an introduction, which discusses the history of Advent and the traditional practices associated with the season, this book includes week-by-week examples of worship and educational with the season.
Imagine the excitement of coordinating every aspect of a church's life during the Advent season. Older children, youth and adults study coordinated Sunday School lessons. The Sunday morning worship experience continues the theme. Intergenerational activities further unpack the theme on Wednesday or Sunday evenings. Celebrate Advent offers this sort of comprehensive church-wide experience for a church. The emphasis draws from a wonderful old Christmas carol, "People, Look East." Here's the first of verse from this carol: People, look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year. Make your house fair as you are able. Trim the hearth and set the table. People, look east: Love the guest is on the way. Other verses play out other aspects of the season, each ending with a new variation: Love the rose is on the way. Love the bird is on the way. Love the star is on the way. Each Sunday, the theme is drawn from a verse in this carol. The included Sunday school lessons offer a Bible stu