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Advent

Why We Need Advent So Desperately (Week 1)

The time of Advent,  that begins today, is a time of prayerful, repentant and  joyous  waiting. Our most gracious God, we pray for your blessings as we begin our Advent journey. Turn our hearts toward You. Forgive us our selfish preoccupations. Quiet us with Your words of comfort, peace and hope.  And as we anticipate […] Read more…

12 Days of {handmade} Christmas Tutorials::Day 10 Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Ideas

This is day 10 in a 12 days series of {handmade} Christmas tutorials. I’m Nicole and I blog at thepantrybook.com, a notebook of homekeeping, crafts, and professional motherhood. Come on over to join me and my family on our journey of eucharisteo (radical gratitude) in the midst of loving our amazing Everett, our one-year-old son […] Read more…

Advent and the Church Calendar

One of the most peculiar things for me to subscribe to when I became Lutheran was the liturgy and the church calendar.  I’ve been in a liturgical church for five years  and I’m just now starting to really anticipate the rhythm and the meaning of it.  In some ways, it seems simple and straight forward […] Read more…

Advent Begins

Our most gracious God, we pray for your blessings as we begin our Advent journey. Turn our hearts toward You. Forgive us our selfish preoccupations. Quiet us with Your words of comfort and peace and hope. And as we anticipate Your coming in glory, remind us of Your humble ‘comings’—as a baby in a manger, […] Read more…

Making a Jesse Tree

Oh, come, strong Branch of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save And give them vict’ry o’er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to Thee, O Isreal. The first Sunday in Advent falls on November 29 but with the all the yummies to be made and tables […] Read more…