“Our God, in this time of year when we intentionally seek out the familiar, you challenge us
with something new. While we are busy dusting off old traditions that rekindle sentimental
feelings of time past, you invite us to imagine your presence among us in a new way, a way that
helps us reevaluate everything we have ever done and anything we might do.”
This quote from an invocation prayer written by Tim Harvey for the 2014 Advent offering in the Church of the Brethren provides a sample of the free Advent worship materials that are now available online.
The suggested date for the Advent offering is Sunday, Dec. 14. The theme is “Hope: See the Unexpected” (Luke 1:39-45). The special Advent offering supports core Church of the Brethren denominational ministries with a focus on international partnerships with brothers and sisters in Nigeria, Haiti, South Sudan, and many other places around the world, as well as events and ministries that provide opportunities for people of all ages to give voice to the fulfilled promises of God through action.
The resources offered online include worship resources written by Harvey, pastor of Central Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Va.; an “Advent offering exegesis” on the text from Luke 1:39-45 by Joshua Brockway, director of Spiritual Life and Discipleship for the Church of the Brethren; a bulletin insert with children’s activities; and more.