During the season of Advent, we offer daily meditations, activities, prayers, and music, Monday - Friday, for you and your family. We also offer services and celebrations here at St. Paul's for you to enjoy. Please contact us for more information, subscribe to our weekly newsletter, or come to St. Paul's for worship and prayer.
Dec. 3rd - Advent 1: Holy Communion at 8:00 am & 10:30 am
Dec. 10th - Advent 2: Holy Communion at 8:00 am & 10:30 am
Dec. 17th - Advent 3: Holy Communion at 8:00 am & 10:30 am; Lessons and Carols service at 3:00 pm
Dec. 24th - Advent 4: Holy Communion at 9:00 am; Family Christmas Eve Service at 4:00 pm; Choral Celebration at 8:00 pm
Thursday, December 14th
'AdventWord' - A Global Event calendar from the Anglican Communion
The Anglican Communion provides a word for each day of Advent. You can subscribe to the calendar, and even upload your photos and connect to the calendar using the hashtag #AdventWord on social media.
Wednesday, December 13th
'Comfort, comfort Ye my People'
Allison Olsson, Director of Music at St. Paul's, shares a piece by Claude Goudimel, sung by the Compline Choir of St. John's Cathedral in Los Angeles.
See full text here
Tuesday, December 12th
Ily Holbrook shares a great activity for older children and teenagers
Here are some ways to be generous in spirit, being mindful, and living with gratitude in this season:
Take a photo or a draw a picture a day for all of Advent. Be inspired by words of Advent:
1 - hope, 2 - community, 3 - prepare, 4 - faith, 5 - journey,
6 - wisdom, 7 - wait, 8 - peace, 9 - justice, 10 - listen,
11 - promise, 12 - unity, 13 - mystery, 14 - awake, 15 - joy,
16 - freedom, 17 - grace, 18 - comfort, 19 - delight, 20 - gratitude,
21 - gift, 22 - good news, 23 - welcome, 24 - love, 25 - light
Monday, December 11th
Ily Holbrook gives us a way to prayer for other families throughout the year
Christmas card prayers
As Christmas cards arrive during December, place them in a basket in a noticeable area. Once a day, pull out one card and pray for that person or family together. Keep the Christmas card basket out all year and pray regularly for other families.
Friday, December 8th
The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles – The rock stars of chant
In today's Advent offering, our rector, Allan Cole, talks about discovering the Benedictines of Mary and their gift for chant:
"A few years ago during Advent, I came across the Benedictines of Mary and their music. All it took was one listen to their collection of Advent hymns called Advent at Ephesus. For me, that collection of chant is my Advent meditation. Take a moment to learn about them through the links. I know this music will mean something to you and stir in you a feeling of Advent." In peace, Allan+
LISTEN on Spotify
ORDER a CD on their website
Thursday, December 7th
'Keep Awake' - a sermon by Br. Lucas Hall, Society of Saint John the Evangelist
The sun is setting. The night has begun. The season of Advent marks the start of the new Church year, and, like the Jewish day that begins once the sun has descended, our year begins with the night season. CLICK HERE to begin
Wednesday, December 6th
'E'en so Lord Jesus'
Allison Olsson, Director of Music at St. Paul's, shares a favorite Advent piece, sung by the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge.
Peace be to you and grace from him Who freed us from our sins,
Who loved us all and shed his blood That we might saved be.
Sing holy, holy to our Lord, The Lord, Almighty God,
Who was and is and is to come; Sing holy, holy, Lord!
Rejoice in heaven, all ye that dwell therein, Rejoice on earth, ye saints below,
For Chirst is coming, is coming soon!
E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come, And night shall be no more;
they need no light nor lamp nor sun, For Christ will be their all.
Monday, December 4th
'Advent in 2 minutes'
Watch this short video from Busted Halo, which gives a framework to view all of Advent.