At the beginning of the calendar year we make resolutions and plans for the entire year. Why don’t we do the same before Advent and do some planning for the liturgical year? After all, for people of faith, the liturgical year and rhythm that revolves around the life death and resurrection of Jesus, should be more important for us than the secular year.
Tom and I will be going away next week to set our schedules for the coming year and we suggest you do too. Even if you don’t follow the liturgical calendar, now is the time to plan your scripture readings, prayer rhythm and retreat times for the coming year. Get together with your spouse, your family, or a group of friends and do some planning.
Here are some resources to help. I have tried to put together a list from a wide variety of denominational perspectives:
The Voice is a great source for the daily scriptures of the liturgical year. Tom and I print out the schedule at the beginning of the liturgical year so that we are ready for the entire year. We find that the combination of Old Testament, New Testament, Psalm and Gospel readings all specially crafted to share a single focus is a wonderful way to integrate the Old and New Testament stories
The site also has one of the most comprehensive explanations of Advent and the symbols we use during the season.
Sacred Space – Daily Prayer with the Irish Jesuits
Pray as You Go – also from the Jesuits. Daily prayer for portable MP3 players or available as an app for smart phones. This is a great resource for those on the go.
biblegateway.com provides a variety of reading plans that can be downloaded as an app.
The Bible App – is another free app with reading plans for different seasons of the liturgical year as well as those themed around a topic selected by the user.
The Daily Office from the Mission of St Clare and based on the Book of Common Prayer
Daily readings from the Presbyterian Mission Agency USA
BibleStudyTools.com provides several plans for reading through the whole or parts of the bible in a twelve month span.
Northumbria Community provides resources for praying the daily office through morning, midday, evening and compline services.
Or if you really want to be challenged this Advent try this Social Justice Advent Guide for Families from the North Carolina Council of Churches.
And Rachel Held Evans has a post on 28 Ideas for Advent that is definitely worth a look.
The theme this year on Godspace will be Lean Towards the Light. We will post reflections daily and already have a rich variety of posts from authors around the world ready to go.
Resources from Godspace.
As a free gift to you all, a small way to say thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement, we offer, as well as Advent in a Jar, our Advent/Christmas colouring book, Colour Your Way Through Advent and Christmas. Colouring pages are based on the O Antiphon images drawn for us last year by Danielle Poland for our popular devotional A Journey Toward Home: Soul Travel from Advent to Lent. Additional Christmas images were created by our new volunteer Shelby Selvidge.
And don’t forget our prayer cards and other Godspace resources
Prayer Cards. I have loved putting these together and their popularity suggests you enjoy them too. There are three sets available – two that provide short reflections and prayers for pausing through the day and a third with a Celtic theme. These are available as separate sets or you can bundle them together to receive one of each set. I find these cards enrich my own devotional time and I hope they will do the same for yours.
A Journey Towards Home: Soul Travel From Advent to Lent with contributions from a number of Godspace authors
This is part of a series on resources for Advent/Christmas. Check out the other posts:
Godspace has a number of Advent resources available for both free download and purchase. Check them out in our store