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July 26 , 2009

Rekindling Advent

Rediscovering the Season of Joyful Waiting


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The weeks leading up to Christmas are full of Christmas: Christmas parties, Christmas shopping, Christmas concerts, Christmas pageants, and Christmas programming on radio and television. By the time December 25 actually arrives, many of us are more than happy for the busyness to be over.

But the season has not always been so frenzied. For centuries, Christians used the weeks leading up to December 25 to prepare spiritually so that when the Christmas season arrived, they could celebrate with deeper appreciation.

In Rekindling Advent: Rediscovering the Season of Joyful Waiting, Pastor John Allen Bankson shares the whys, whens, and hows of observing Advent. He encourages us to tap into the time-honored rhythm of prepare, celebrate, reflect by rediscovering how the anticipation of Advent gets us ready for the glories of Christmas. Through Scripture, song, and symbol, we can prepare ourselves, our homes, and our churches for a celebration of Christ’s coming that is not merely happy, but truly joyful.

For over a decade, Pastor Bankson has amassed an impressive collection of Advent resources, implementing and refining them in the church and in his home. Those resources have become Rekindling Advent, which will help you grow in your own understanding and lead others in embracing the season of joyful waiting.

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