We have compiled a few resources for the Sojourn Church family to use during the upcoming Advent season. We pray that this can be a season of meditation and reflection during this season of Christmas.
- The Advent Project III from Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture & the Arts. This is an online resource with scripture, devotionals, art, video, and music - designed to help you remember the mystery of the incarnation and the Word made flesh.
- Advent for Orphans from Lifesong for Orphans. From their website:
"Christmas exists because of hurting hearts. Christ came to rescue the lost and heal the suffering. So perhaps we can offer no greater gift to our Heavenly Father at Christmas than caring about those in need.” How it works: request a free calendar, read the daily Scripture listen on the back of each tab, pray using the daily prayer request guide, and respond to daily gift prompts in the calendar.
- “Waiting Songs” by Rain for Roots, a collective of artists making new songs for children about the old Story. From their website: "Waiting Songs is an album of Advent. These songs are about making time for waiting. The King is coming and He is already here. So we practice listening, quieting ourselves, celebrating, whispering good news, and yelling shouts of joy. In the Rain for Roots family, we practice most of all by singing to ourselves, to each other, and to our children about true things. He is coming -- the Joy of Every Longing Heart. Our longing hearts. Grown ups and children; we are the same in this. Through these songs, may God call us closer into conversation with Himself while we wait and hope with expectation. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.”
- “Advent Songs” by Sojourn Music, the worship ministry out of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY. From their website: "Advent comes to us in the darkest season of the year - a season when the nights are long, the days are cold, and we look with anticitpation for the return of warmth in the spring. The songs have both a sense of anticipation and glimpses of light dawning in the face of the Christ child. As we celebrate this season, we celebrate that our Messiah has come, and we look with longing to the day when he comes again.”
- “Behold The Lamb Of God” by Andrew Peterson and friends. This studio album came out of a yearly concert tour, described this way: "Since 1999, Andrew and his friends have told the story of the coming of Christ through story and music in a way that draws audiences back year after year. The story may be the same but the telling and how it hits your heart and senses changes every time. One fan describes it like, "In the movie version of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Mr. Tumnus recalls the times in Narnia before the winter. His words with passion were "Music, such music!" Those are the words that hit me every time I go to this concert. You're getting more than a concert - you're getting the greatest story ever told, the story of the great Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ."