The church calendar year begins with Advent.
Advent offers a period of preparation before the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
Do you want to add meaning and joy to your journey as you prepare your heart for Christmastide in hopeful expectation? Online resources can provide some inspiration in the midst of your busyness.
Not quite sure what Advent is? Struggling to explain it?
The video “Advent in 2 Minutes” from bustedhalo.com may be what you need!
Reverse Advent Calendar
Pope Francis said, “First you pray for the hungry, then you go out and feed them. That is how prayer works.” This week begins the Reverse Advent Calendar In-gathering for 4Saints Food Pantry. If you are not familiar with a Reverse Advent Calendar, read on. It’s easy and a great way to observe Advent while helping other. Who: Anyone can participate. These items will be donated to the 4 Saints Food Pantry. What: This is the opposite of the usual…
Online worship leaflets 2020
Download worship leaflets here Click here for the First Sunday after Christmas, December 27, 2020 Click here for the Christmas worship service, December 24, 2020 Click here for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2020 Click here for the Ordination of Ted Clarkson to the diaconate, December 18, 2020 Click here for the Blue Christmas worship service, December 17, 2020 Click here for the Ordination of Paula Jefferson to the priesthood, December 15, 2020 Click here for the Third…
Returning home by another way
This is Bishop Scott Mayers Advent/Christmas message to the diocese.
The first Nativity scene: an Advent greeting from Bishop Mayer
Bishop Scott Mayer has sent the diocese this Advent/Christmas greeting. He invites us to join St. Francis in contemplating our relationship with God as we set up our Nativity scenes. You can view it below, or on YouTube.
A hush before the rush
All are invited to St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, for a Hush Before the Rush Quiet Day from 3 to 6 pm Saturday, December 1. It is a good way to quiet your soul before Advent. St. Francis’ teachings on the Incarnation, prayer, lectio divina, reflection, labyrinth walking, and conversation will provide plenty of food for the soul. While Francis is most frequently associated with the blessing of animals in October, Advent is an excellent time to engage…
Give yourself over to hope – Bishop Mayer’s Advent Message
Bishop Scott Mayer has issued an Advent message to the diocese, encouraging us: “Give yourself over to hope.” Watch his video message: This has been a rough year, with hurricanes and earthquakes, and many manifestations of division, anger and hatred. Yet in Advent we are called to live in anticipation and hope. And we can do so because the hope of this season isn’t about our possibilities and capabilities, but about God’s ability to make all things new. It’s about God’s ability…
Do you want to add meaning and joy to your Advent journey, as you prepare your heart for Christmastide in hopeful expectation? We have some resources to provide some inspiration in the midst of your busyness – something for everyone of every ages: AdventWord You can probably fit in a reflection on a single word, right? Maybe even talk about it as a family? AdventWord offers a great way to reflect on one little word each day, and respond with images and…
Singers, musicians invited to be part of Lessons and Carols
Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, will host a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 3 at 5 pm. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Fort Worth Independent School District Kent Scribner will be among the readers from the wider community. Church musicians and choir members from across the diocese are invited to be part of this uniquely Episcopal (Anglican) service. Interested people should contact Debbie Clark at email@example.com for more information. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons, November 12,…
Night in Bethlehem offers a Bible-times experience
Mark your calendars for A Night in Bethlehem on Saturday, December 3, from 5 – 8 pm at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church and School, Keller/Southlake. Worship with Holy Communion will be followed by children and family activities designed to transport folks back through time to the town of Bethlehem. Family and friends will move together from station to station in the Bethlehem marketplace, including: Bethlehem Bakery – taste delicious bread from the time of Jesus’ birth. Metal Shop – create one-of-a-kind nameplates.…
Bishop J. Scott Mayer has issued a message as we begin the Season of Advent, encouraging us all to follow the examples of Mary and Joseph in saying “yes” to God. Watch the video below, or on YouTube. This video is closed captioned.
Advent resources for 2016
Do you want to add meaning and joy to your Advent journey, as you prepare your heart for Christmastide in hopeful expectation? Online resources can provide some inspiration in the midst of your busyness AdventWord from SSJE You can probably fit in a reflection on a single word, right? Maybe even talk about it as a family? AdventWord offers a great way to reflect on one little word each day, and respond with images and prayers that speak to your heart. There are…
Explore nativity scenes as a prayer resource
St. Alban’s in Arlington invites you to an Advent retreat “Exploring Nativity Scenes” on Saturday, December 17 at the Theatre Arlington Education Building, located at 316 W. Main St. The event is part of an occasional series exploring various methods of prayer. The retreat, from 9 am to noon, will consider the origins of nativity scenes, their use throughout the world and their symbolism. Bring $12 for supplies to make your own Nativity. Register with Dave Burrows by calling St.…
Waiting for the Baby — Bishop Mayer’s Advent message
Bishop Scott Mayer has issued an Advent message to the diocese, wishing us all a blessed season.. Find more Advent resources here.
The Longest Night – a service of remembrance on December 20
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Keller/Soutlake invites you to a service of remembrance, The Longest Night, at 5 pm on December 20, 2014. The holidays are often the loneliest time of the year for those who have experienced recent loss in their lives. These losses can be the death of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce, death of a dear pet, loss of health, or any of the other losses people deal with. The Longest Night service allows us to grieve…
Access a digital Advent Calendar
Add this digital Advent calendar, available on Pinterest, to your family’s seasonal devotions. (You do not need to sign in to Pinterest to follow the daily calendar.)
RESCHEDULED – Advent Liturgy of Remembrance and Light: When Christmas Hurts
On Thursday, December 5, the Christian Formation Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth will present an Advent Liturgy of Remembrance and Light: When Christmas Hurts. It will be at 7 PM at St. Christopher Episcopal Church, 3550 Southwest Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX. A reception will follow. All are welcome.