An Advent Adventure: Mary

An Advent Adventure: Mary


Luke 1:46-55

Chris Breslin


“My mother, my daughter, life-giving Eve,

Do not be ashamed, do not grieve.

The former things have passed away,

Our God has brought us to a New Day.

See, I am with Child,

Through whom all will be reconciled.

O Eve! My sister, my friend,

We will rejoice together Forever Life without end.”

-Sr. Columba Guare


Mary and Eve from Our Lady of the Mississippi Convent

6 Things to Notice in this Beautiful Image of Mary and Eve



Isaiah 9:2-7

Luke 2:1-7

Luke 2:8-14

Luke 2:15-20


Special Christmas Eve Offering:

Welcome Bowls by Nate Hood

All donations tonight support Nate’s residency during January 2017 at Penland School of Crafts. By partnering with a local refugee resettlement agency, Nate will make and gift good, beautiful clay tableware to welcome these vulnerable families who are on transition in their journey. This project hopes to tell the truth that though life is hard, there is much that is beautiful, and that we are all worthy of welcome, honor, embrace, and love. For more information visit:


Christmas Eve Songs

Mary Consoles Eve by Bowser/Paris/McCracken/Hutson

O Come Emanuel by Traditional

O Come All Ye Faithful by Wade

Angels We Have Heard on High by Chadwick/Traditional

O Little Town of Bethlehem by Brooks/Redner

Hark the Herald Angels Sing by Wesley

The First Noel by Traditional

Do You Hear What I Hear? by Regney/Baker

Silent Night by Mohr

Joy to the World by Watts


Further reading on Women in the Bible

The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules by Carolyn Custis James

Lost Women of the Bible: The Women We Thought We Knew by Carolyn Custis James

The IVP Women’s Bible Commentary ed. Kroeger & Evans

Whispering the Word: Hearing Women’s Stories in the Old Testament by Jacqueline Lapsley


Further Reading for Advent

Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany edited by Sarah Arthur

Cardiphonia Resources for Advent compiled by Bruce Benedict

God is in the Manger by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Oak Church Advent Resources compiled by Chris Breslin

Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God by Bobby Gross

Mary Had a Baby: An Advent Bible Study Based on African American Spirituals by Cheryl Kirk-Duggan & Marilyn Thornton

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent by Enuma Okoro

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp

Advent Calendar (poem) by Rowan Williams

God With Us edited by Gregory Wolfe


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