Advent 2013 Resources

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. 

Each week during Advent—and as we do all throughout the year—we will also post fresh sermon starters ideas on our “This Week in Preaching” page.  Each week will feature a set of sermon ideas on the Lectionary Year A Gospel text as well as on the Lectionary Year A Old Testament text.


Introducing Advent

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. Read more.

The Gospel of Matthew

Advent 2013: Links to Sample Sermons on Year A Lectionary Texts

Note: The Year A Common Lectionary for Advent focuses on Matthew’s Gospel.  In this connection, we highly recommend the two-volume commentary on Matthew by Frederick Dale Bruner (available through Eerdmans Publishing Company).  Bruner’s deep insights into the text are invaluable and translate seamlessly into sermons as well.

Remember, too, that more detailed sermon starter ideas will be posted each Monday during Advent (with ideas for the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary text) on the “This Week in Preaching” page:

Worship Resources from our Ministry Partner at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

At the CICW website you will find a wealth of service planning ideas as well as further ideas for Advent sermon series, Advent music and much more.

Scriptures 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

A few suggestions for possible Advent Sermon Series. Read More.

Advent and Christmas:

The following are articles from past issues of reformed worship magazine:

On the reformed worship website, go to this page to select from a wide range of past articles, sermon ideas, worship service plans, and more.

Remember that because we are in the year a cycle of the revised common lectionary, reformed worship articles that will correspond with year a lections will be in the years 2010, 2007, 2004, 2001, 1998, 1995, 1992.