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AdventWord_Words#AdventWord: 2015 Global Advent Calendar

The Anglican Communion with the SSJE Brothers invites you to: Pray through Advent. Use your phone camera. Help create a Global Advent Calendar. Sign up and receive the daily  #AdventWord email meditation. Tweet, Facebook or Instagram an image each day #AdventWord. Watch the Advent Calendar grow each day.

Thousands of people will be sharing their personal images in response to the daily meditations. View the growing calendar here. 

2015 Advent Preaching Series: Salvation Revisited

2015-Adventseries-badgeThe concept of salvation is central to the Christian message, but how many of us could explain what ‘salvation’ means?  Each Tuesday in Advent, we explore the meanings of salvation, seeking to broaden and deepen our understanding of God’s work in our lives and in the world.

Dec 1, 2015 – “See, I am Making All Things New” – Br. Curtis Almquist
Dec 8, 2015  – “Coming Home” – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Dec 15, 2015 – “The Sacred & Imperishable Proclamation” – Br. Mark Brown
Dec 22, 2015 – “Salvation: From What, To What?” – Br. David Vryhof


2013 Advent Video Series: O Antiphons

Antiphons_FrontTomorrow I will be there: An Advent Video Series on the O Antiphons

In short videos, the SSJE Brothers teach about the ancient “O Antiphons.”  Each video contains the Brothers singing the Antiphon in the Chapel and one Brother giving a reflection on it.

Dec 17, 2013 – O Wisdom – Br. Mark Brown
Dec 18, 2013 – O Lord – Br. Jonathan Maury 
Dec 19, 2013 – O Root of Jesse – Br. James Koester
Dec 20, 2013 – O Key of David – Br. David Vryhof
Dec 21, 2013 – O Dayspring – Br. Luke Ditewig
Dec 22, 2013 – O King of the Nations – Br. Curtis Almquist
Dec 23, 2013 – O Emmanuel – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

 Past Advent Preaching Series:

Advent-PreachingSeries20132013: Ero Cras: Tomorrow I will be there

In Advent 2013, the Brothers explored the ultimate Advent themes in a three-part series taking up the judgment of love, hope, and desire & longing. Join us as we wait for the Lord who promises, “Tomorrow I will be there.”

Dec 3, 2013 – The Judgment of Love – Br. Curtis Almquist
Dec 10, 2013 – Hope – Br. David Vryhof
Dec 17, 2013 – Benediction and Blessing – Br. Mark Brown

PracticingPatience2011: Practicing Patience 

In Advent 2011, the Brothers offered a preaching series, “Practicing Patience,” followed by a simple supper and conversation.  Join us as we wait, watch, and look for the coming of the Lord.

Nov 29, 2011 – Wait – Br. Mark Brown
Dec 6, 2011 – Watch – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Dec 20, 2011 – Look – Br. Curtis Almquist

Christmas Eve Sermons:

2014 – “Bending the Arc of the Universe” – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
2013 –  “This Christmas, Light a Candle” – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
2012 – “Come and See” – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
2011 – “Light” – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Christmas Day Sermons:

2014 – “Love Came Down and Stayed” – Br. Mark Brown
2012 – “The Gift of Memory” – Br. Curtis Almquist
2011 – “Of Kitchens and Christmas – Br. James Koester
2010 – “Love Came Down at Christmas” – Br. Robert L’Esperance

Christmastide Audio Book:

12Days-coverThe Twelve Days of Christmas: Unwrapping the Gifts

Audio reflections for the Twelve Days of Christmas, which follow from December 25 until January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, the traditional date when the Magi arrived to present gifts to infant Jesus. For many, the meaning of these days is lost. By Christmas night we are saturated with the holiday hype, overfed by music and food, and may already be disappointed that the presents received are not enough. This audio book is an invitation to go deeper, beyond the presents given and received, to the source of all the good gifts in life. This Christmas, receive from God the gifts that last. 

Dec 26 – Love
Dec 27 – Revelation
Dec 28 – Forgiveness
Dec 29 – Joy
Dec 30 – Hope
Dec 31 – Redemption
Jan 1 – A Name
Jan 2 – Humility
Jan 3 – Companionship
Jan 4 – Gratitude
Jan 5 – Peace
Jan 6 – Blessing

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