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.
- Reflections on Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. From the back cover: “These devotions will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy.” These readings come from a man who knew what it meant to suffer, yet still hold on to the hope that Jesus will come. We are using the main themes from this book as the blueprint for Sojourn’s journey through Advent this year.
- Preparing For Jesus by Walter Wangerin. From the back cover: In Preparing for Jesus, best-selling author and master storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr. recreates verbal images of the events surrounding the Advent of Christ, offering a devotional journey into the heart of the Christmas season. Through rich detail and vivid images, these moving meditations make Christ's birth both intimate and immediate, allowing us to see Christmas from its original happening to its perennial recurrence in our hearts. Preparing for Jesus is sure to be a seasonal classic, treasured year after year.
- An Advent Reading Plan using Jesus Storybook Bible, the award-winning children’s book that tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible, the story of Jesus. Somebody planned out 24 of its readings for the days leading up to Christmas and made the schedule available for others.
- Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp. From Amazon: "Ann Voskamp has expanded her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree so families can celebrate together. Each day, families can read the provided Scripture passage (in connection with the original book), engage with a specially written devotion to help children of all ages understand the Advent theme for the day, and participate in suggested activities to apply the theme.” If you’re not familiar with the Jesse Tree tradition, check it out here.