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The season of Advent is here.  The word advent comes from the Latin word for “coming”.  Who’s coming? Jesus!  For many centuries the church has observed the four weeks prior to Jesus’ arrival as a time of anticipation and preparation.  For many of us, December can fly by in such a flurry of activities that we miss the essence of Christmas.  Advent helps us redeem the time by inviting us to deeper reflection, letting the stable still astonish us.  Once we do, we will sense immediately that Advent marks something momentous: God’s coming into our midst.  That coming is not just something that happened in the past.  It is a recurring possibility here and now- a yearly opportunity for us to consider the future, second Advent—the promised coming of God’s kingdom on earth. 

Here are a few ways to observe Advent at ERBF:

Sunday Services

Join us as we celebrate the wonder of Christmas! We will be focusing on the hope given to us through the prophecies of Jesus’ birth, the peace found in the Good Shepherd, the joy of the Magi’s journey, and the love of God revealed in Gabriel’s message to Mary.  We’ll enjoy special music, light the Advent candles, meditate on scripture and sing carols.    

Advent Devotional

As We Wait is a collection of readings and devotionals produced and distributed by MB Seminary for the season of Advent. The devotionals are written by pastors, teachers, and other leaders within the Mennonite Brethren family across Canada. Click here to sign up and receive a daily devotional to your inbox: https://www.mbseminary.ca/devotions-sign-up/.

Advent Listening Prayer Devotional

Ever Moment Holy 2022 Advent Journal invites us to see those moments that are commonplace and spend some time listening to what God might be saying to us through them. The journal is available through Andrew Peterson's "The Rabbit Room" website, but a copy is also attached here.