The Student Advent Calendar


Come Lord Jesus, Come!

Advent is a great time of year.  Parties, presents, knitwear, pigs in blankets, mulled wine, hot chocolate, shopping.  But, like the incessant Christmas songs, we can block out the ‘reason for the season’.  We can get caught up in the celebration and the things to do.

But its about so much more than that.  The word advent, the period technically from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, come from an old latin word adventus meaning arrival or coming.  It reminds us of an arrival that happened two-thousand years ago, when God strapped on flesh, became man, and ‘moved into the neighbourhood’. 

Another old word for you.  Maranatha.  It has two meanings.  It can mean ‘Come Lord Jesus’, and it can mean The Lord has come.  Similar words, completely different meaning.  One hopes and prays for the future, the other celebrates the present.  And both are key aspects of the season of advent. 

It reminds us that there was a period before this coming where the people of God were waiting, telling each other the stoires and promises of old, hoping beyond hope for the coming of this promised savior, messiah, liberator, redeemer, King and friend.  It reminds us of a time that the name of Jesus wasn’t known. It reminds us of a deep longing for the one who has been coming since the beginning of time.

It reminds us that Jesus came.  That he walked and talked.  That at Christmas we can look to Easter. That he came with purpose. 

It reminds us aswell, that we wait for the second coming.  The second coming of Jesus that unlike the first which was marked with humility, vulnerability and fragility, will be in power, might majesty and glory.  Where nations will bow down and all will confess that Jesus is Lord.

So join us as we journey towards Christmas day together.  Come and devote yourself to remembering the first advent, and anticipating the second advent.  Join us as we reflect on scripture.  Join us as we say some old words.  Join us as we ‘consider him who endured such opposition, so that you do not grow weary and lose heart’.

Let your hearts cry this advent be that of ‘Marantaha’ – ‘Come Lord Jesus, Come!'


The Advent Blog

How to use the advent reading plan

The Bible is great to read, but sometimes we don’t really know what it means, or how to read it.  So throughout the advent season, we’ll be blogging reflections and posting them everyday here.

The reading plan is broken down in to 5 different topics, each with a different focus and theme.  For each of these groupings, we’re going to be recommending carols to listen to so as to get you in the mood of the passages. 

There is also some liturgy to read through and reflect on each day.  It will be different for each section.  Some people get scared of or dislike liturgy.  Just think of it as a way of saying the things that sometimes we don’t have words to say, or a way of guiding your thoughts through your quiet time.

Each section will follow the same rhythm and have a preface, a confession, a space for your own prayers and a blessing.  These words in themselves have no power, but they are there to help you to reflect on Jesus.  There are 5 different sets of liturgy, one for each section, so as you move through the readings, from one section to the next, change the preface, confession and blessing you read. eg as you go from day 5 to day 6 change from reading the Prophecies of Old to reading the Power of God.

If you’ve got time, try setting aside 20 minutes to really allow time to enter into God’s presence, devote yourself to the word, and to prayer.  I promise you, you will come away changed.


Songs

Here are some songs and carols that go with each theme.  Some new, some old. Allow these to engage your senses and worship.

liturgy

The Power of God. Days 6-10

Preface

Creator God, we glimpse your beauty
in setting sun, mountain top, eagle’s wing.
We sense your power in thunder crash,
lightning flash and ocean’s roar.
Creator God we praise you

Precious Jesus, we see your love
stretched out upon a cruel cross.
We stand in awe at your sacrifice,
pure love poured out for humankind.
Precious Jesus we praise you

Holy Spirit, we see your power
in lives transformed, hearts on fire.
We listen for your still, small voice,
comforting, guiding, calling.
Holy Spirit we praise you

Confession

'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.'
We long for the fire of God's cleansing
to touch our unclean lips,
for our guilt to be removed and our sin wiped out.
So we meet Father, Son and Holy Spirit
with repentance in our hearts.

Read Scripture

Download the plan here

Read the blog here

Intercession

Take time to pray for the world

Take time to pray for the Church

Take time to pray for your friends and family

Take time to pray for yourself

Blessing

God of power and might
would we meet you today.
Would you reveal yourself to us.
God of glory and majesty
would we meet you today.
Would you reveal yourself to us.
God of creation and sustenance
would we meet you today.
Would you reveal yourself to us.

AMEN


The Promise of Old. Days 1-5

Preface

Blessed are you, Sovereign God
You have spoken throughout the ages
Through the prophets and law
You have promised your coming throughout history.
The Advent story
of hope and mystery,
anticipation,
preparation,
a kingdom
of this world and the next,
and a king
appearing when we least expect.
Heaven touching earth,
the footsteps of the divine
walking dusty roads
as once they did in Eden,
and a people,
searching for a Saviour,
and walking past
the stable.
Open eyes and hearts,
that this might be
an Advent of hope to the world.  

Confession

Turn to us again, O God our Saviour,
and let your anger cease from us:
Lord, have mercy.

Show us your compassion, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation:
Christ, have mercy.

Your salvation is near for those that fear you,
that glory may dwell in our land:
Lord, have mercy. 

Read Scripture

Download the plan here

Read the blog here


Intercession

Take time to pray for the world

Take time to pray for the Church

Take time to pray for your friends and family

Take time to pray for yourself

Blessing

Bless us as we wait patiently
Bless us when we wait impatiently
Bless us when we forget to wait at all.
Holy Spirit, would our hearts' cry
be that of Come Lord Jesus


Attributes

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