The Third Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


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The Second Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be […]

Giving Even When You Receive

Last week, I talked about how to encourage generosity at the end of the year by making  Growing generosity is a part of your teaching ministry, and teachers need to be creative. We’ve talked about getting creative by making a Christmas Wish List for your church. It’s a way to engage the people directly with the needs […]

By |2019-01-10T16:52:16-06:00December 7th, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Slow Down This Advent

Advent is a time of waiting. As one who didn’t grow up but had to grow into the church calendar, the movement from increasing anxiety as Christmas approached to cultivating patient anticipation refreshed my hectic heart.

December is a hard time for church leaders to slow down. But the always-on, always-connected world we built with blind optimism in progress is now […]

By |2020-12-23T16:15:39-06:00December 4th, 2017|Categories: Leadership, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

The First Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


Collect for the First Sunday in […]

What’s on Your Christmas Wish List?

At LeaderWorks, we are all about helping church leaders do their work. To that end, we posted a new idea for helping your church give in the final month of the year: make a Christmas Wish List for your church!

Still, you deserve more than a lump of coal, so take a break and write your Christmas wish list. […]

By |2019-01-10T16:52:17-06:00November 30th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Four Meditations for the Nine Lessons and Carols

Here is a question about the wonderful parish tradition of Lessons and Carols: Is there room for a brief homily or meditation during this service? Is there an opportunity to present the gospel from the lectern (through the nine lessons) AND through the pulpit?  John Yates III thinks so.  He has done so for the past few years. Here he […]

By |2019-01-10T16:54:47-06:00December 14th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

An Ordinary Book to Read for Advent

A Review of Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren.

People don’t always like the word ‘ordinary.’ We like things to be ‘awesome’ or ‘fresh’ or ‘exciting’ — anything but ordinary. In teaching and writing about the Church Year, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are confused by the fact that the calendar has Ordinary time in it.

We like […]

By |2020-10-27T10:10:21-05:00December 5th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Going Back to Church for Christmas Eve

“Its been a while. Going to the Christmas Eve service seems like the right thing to do. For the kids. For me. For God.”

“Its been a while since I’ve been to church, and I’m not sure how I feel about going back. I’m not sure if I’ll feel good or guilty. Not sure if I’ll be back again until Easter […]

By |2020-12-23T16:16:31-06:00December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |0 Comments

Observing Advent as a Family

In less than a week, Advent will begin. Pinterest boards and blogs overflow with beautiful, meaningful ways to celebrate Advent. Truthfully when I look at some plans that other parents can implement with their kids, I’m overwhelmed. Dinner at my house usually involves three little kids, lots of food on the floor, at least one cup spilled (most often onto […]

By |2020-12-23T16:14:15-06:00November 25th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |4 Comments

What is Advent?

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year. It is a time of anticipation, a time of preparation, and a time of remembrance.

Advent and Christmas are often confused. The confusion arises because most North Americans begin celebrating Christmas before it arrives. Waking up the day after the American Thanksgiving Day, folks start singing Christmas carols, and putting up Christmas trees. It’s called […]

By |2020-12-23T16:11:46-06:00November 25th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

Advent: Prepare the Way (Part 2)

How can we “go to the Jordan” of our own honest confession this Advent?

(Note: To learn more about Advent, read this book.)

Augustine, in The Confessions, talks about how he ignored God and did his own thing for most of his early life. But then he writes, “I was at a later time moved to do well, after my heart had conceived […]

By |2020-10-27T10:02:57-05:00December 4th, 2013|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |3 Comments

Advent: John the Baptist and Me (Part 1)

John the Baptist looms large on the horizon during Advent. Why John? Isn’t this after the birth of Christ? Why would we read this before Christmas?

John’s ministry was to prepare the way for Christ, which is what we are doing during Advent. You may remember beautiful story of the baby who leaped for joy…

(Note: To learn more about Advent and how […]

By |2020-10-27T10:08:22-05:00December 4th, 2013|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |3 Comments

Themes of Advent

Advent is right around the corner. We discussed the season in a previous post here. But what are the themes of Advent?

The overarching Theme of Advent is taken from the words of John the Baptist: “Prepare the Way of the Lord!”

Advent starts with an apocalyptic theme on the first Sunday. You might be wondering what the Second Coming of […]

By |2020-11-30T11:41:18-06:00November 12th, 2013|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |0 Comments
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