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Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for both the celebration of Jesus’ birth, as well as the great anticipation of his return.  In 2020, it seems that we are in a very different world this year than the last.  From pandemic, to protests, to police violence, and an overall weary and uncertain world… this Advent season provides us an opportunity to sit and reflect on the year that we have experienced, and to rest in the truth of God’s promises.   

At CBM, we have created a set of Advent resources for you and your church just for that purpose.  As part of “Build Your Own Sunday”, you can choose whatever resources you would like to use according to your church’s needs.  

WEEK ONE

WRITTEN BY

Julia Bowering

Working with the International Partnerships team, Julia is responsible for assessing needs, designing programs and monitoring and evaluating international projects at CBM.  Her expertise in strategic planning, capacity building and leadership development is a great asset to CBM and its network of global partners. 

For You

Julia has also written a devotional reflection from the lectionary readings for this week. It is based on Isaiah 64:1-9. For the complete experience, listen to the audio reflection or read along with her. 

Join Julia as she reflects on HOPE

For Your Church

RESPONSIVE READING SLIDE SETS
3 formats to choose from

6 .JPG Slides
6 .PDF Slides
6 .Powerpoint Slides
1 Responsive Reading Video

WEEK TWO

WRITTEN BY

Carla Nelson

Based in Canada, Carla works with CBM’s International Partnerships team and Field Staff serving in Africa.  Carla works alongside Africa Team Leader André Sibomana in supporting CBM’s initiatives, strengthening our educational programs with partners internationally and exploring new educational opportunities. 

For You

Carla has also written a devotional reflection from the lectionary readings for this week focusing on Psalm 85:8-13; 2 Peter 3:11-15a. For the complete experience, listen to the audio reflection or read along with her. 

Join Carla As She Reflects on Peace

For Your Church

RESPONSIVE READING SLIDE SETS
3 formats to choose from

6 .JPG Slides
6 .PDF Slides
6 .Powerpoint Slides

WEEK THREE

WRITTEN BY

Sonya Tetley

As a Regional Representative, Sonya’s role includes strengthening existing relationships and creating new connections with churches in Ontario and Quebec. Her ministry includes fueling the church’s passion for integral mission through CBM’s programs and engagement in strategic partnerships.   

For You

Sonya has also written a devotional reflection from the lectionary readings for this week, which is on John 1:6-8, 19-28. For the complete experience, listen to the audio reflection or read along with her. 

Reflection coming Dec 8

For Your Church

RESPONSIVE READING SLIDE SETS
3 formats to choose from

6 .JPG Slides
6 .PDF Slides
6 Powerpoint Slides

WEEK FOUR

WRITTEN BY

Louise Hannem

Based in Halifax, Louise brings a passion for social justice and a desire to engage youth in faith that makes a difference, working alongside CBM’s Church Engagement Team.  For the past five years, Louise has served in a part-time capacity at CBM as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator. She will continue to expand CBM’s connection to youth pastors and leaders across Canada. 

For You

Louise has also written a devotional reflection from the lectionary readings for this week. For the complete experience, listen to the audio reflection or read along with her as she expounds on Luke 1:26-38; Luke 1:47-55. 

Reflection coming Dec 15

For Your Church

RESPONSIVE READING SLIDE SETS
3 formats to choose from

6 .JPG Slides
6 .PDF Slides
6 Powerpoint Slides

As we continue to learn to “rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), let us find ways not only to honor God, but to love and bless others in all circumstances.  In Matthew 6:25-34, it is Jesus who reminds us that our heavenly Father feeds and clothes us, who later calls us to then feed the hungry and clothe the naked as well (Matthew 25:31-46).  Despite the uncertainty of these times, let us consider and respond to our call as disciples and remain generous in Hope – Peace – Joy – Love – Light.