The Westminster Presbyterian Church’s 2016 Advent calendar is a collaborative labor of love, conceived and compiled by the church’s Worship and Music Committee with the help of dozens of other members.

Through the four weeks of Advent, we encourage you to use this devotional calendar to prepare for the celebration of Christ’s coming into the world. Each day in Advent, beginning on Sunday, November 27 and concluding on Christmas Eve, you will find a Scripture reading. These readings are typically found in traditional Lessons and Carols services and in the Revised Common Lectionary for the Advent season. You’ll also find a devotional, a musical selection, a piece of visual art, and other media on occasion. Don’t miss the videos each Sunday! We’ve also added a poetry meditation one day each week. Each devotional, song, picture, and other work is inspired by and illuminates that day’s scripture passage.

You can follow the Advent Calendar here at the website, or sign up to receive it daily by email. To sign up, enter your email address at the bottom of this page and click the “Follow” button. Each post will also be available each day by liking Westminster on Facebook or following us on Twitter. A closely-related print version of the Advent Calendar is available at the church or by contacting the church office.

How might you use this calendar? Will you gather the family to view and listen to it together? Will you catch it on your smart phone on your way to work? Will you make it a daily ritual or read it in batches?  We’d be delighted to hear how you used it, what you found most/least valuable, and how we can make this better for next year. Drop us a line or talk to one of the committee members listed below.

A very heartfelt thanks to the many folks who gave so freely of their time and talents. Those include:

Advent Calendar Committee Members and Advisors
David Aland
Marilyn Howe
Alice Kale
Betsy Preston
Steve Sinclair
Barbara Studenmund
Bill Tate
Pete Vanden Bosch
Mary van Son

Devotional Authors
Sue Aland
Megan Cheng
Rev. Casey FitzGerald
Tim Foley
Kristen Folkerts
Katherine Gunter
Nancy Hall Berens
Rev. Dr. Larry Hayward
Sean Heather
Nathan Huguley
Rev. Patrick Hunnicut
John Lutz
Kenneth Martin
Bonnie Nasr
Emily Oehler
Pat Prosperi
Steve Sinclair
Heather West
Amanda Wilcox
Laura Wilcox
Melynda Wilcox

All the items in this calendar are either original, in the public domain, or we have obtained permission from the artist to use for this specific purpose.

The scripture was taken from the very useful Oremus website (http://bible.oremus.org/), using the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

The music is publicly available on SoundCloud.

The works of visual art (and photographs of that art) are in the public domain, with the exception of the following:

Dec 2: The Prophet Jeremiah, by Marc Chagall. Original located in Museé Marc Chagall. Photograph by RMN-Grand Palais. Courtesy of Images D’Art.
Dec 16: Angel at Webster Falls, by Guennadi Kalinine. Used by permission of the artist.

These poetry selections are used by permission:

Nov 27: “Drawing Near” by Jan Richardson. By permission of the author.
Dec 1: “Advent Calendar” by Rowan Williams, from The Poems of Rowan Williams, Perpetua Press 2002. Used by permission of the author.
Dec 4: “BC:AD” by U.A. Fanthorpe. Used by permission of his estate.
Dec 8: “Advent Credo” by Allan Boesak, from Walking on Thorns, Eerdmans, 2004. Used by permission of the author.
Dec 11: “Expectans Expectavi” by Anne Ridler, from Collected Poems, 1997. Used by permission of Carcanet Press.
Dec 13: “The Glory” by Madeleine L’Engle. Used by permission of Crosswicks, Ltd.