Advent 2008 Resources

Many pastors plan well in advance for their Advent/Christmas sermons. So the Center for Excellence in Preaching is doing what retail stores so often do: we're hauling out some Christmas stuff even before it is Halloween!

On this page you will find that we have imported some Advent/Christmas resources from elsewhere on the CEP website, concentrating them here in one spot for your convenience. We will also post sermon ideas as well as whole sermons on Year B Lectionary texts.

Introducing Advent (link)

Secular society knows a little something about Christmas but virtually nothing about Advent. The danger for the Church is to end up going in this same direction. In our rush to get to the manger, we are tempted to downplay-or completely ignore-the Advent themes that the Church has long believed are necessary so that we can come to the cradle of Christ in the right way.

Advent 2008 (link)

Links to Sample Sermons on Year B Lectionary Texts

Worship Resources from our Ministry Partner: The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (link)

Scripture passages and Statements of Faith Applying to the Theme of Christmas

The following texts are particularly appropriate for sermons or for supplemental liturgical use:

Scripture Passages:
Psalm 97Psalm 98Psalm 147
Psalm 148Isaiah 52:7-10Isaiah 61:10-62:12
Isaiah 63:7-9Jeremiah 31:7-14Matthew 1:18-2:23
Luke 2John 1:1-18Galatians 4:4-7
Ephesians 1:3-14Ephesians 2:13-18Titus 2:11-14
Titus 3:4-7Hebrews 1:1-12Hebrews 2:10-18
1 John 4:13-16  

Belgic Confession, Art. 18-19Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A's 35-36
Westminster Confession, Chap. VIII, Sec. 2-3Our Song of Hope, st. 3
Our World Belongs to God, st. 24 

Advent Sermon Series (link)

A few suggestions for possible Advent Sermon Series

Advent & Christmas (link)

A number of recommended articles from past issues of Reformed Worship Magazine