Advent Project, to be continued…

On January 4, 2013 by Eddie

Happy New Year, everybody!! Hope you and your family enjoyed an incredible Christmas, and a peaceful start to the New Year. Personally, it was the most restful week I’ve had in a long time, and in the words of Office Space: “I did nothing, and it was everything I dreamed it could be.”

For those of you that joined us for the Advent Project journey, thank you so much! It was so cool to see many of you around town and hear stories about how you had joined in the journey with us. Thanks for sticking with us and making it a fun experiment.

If you’re receiving this because you subscribed to the Project, feel free to unsubscribe anytime. However, I’m planning on starting up another similar project for the Lent season, with some tweaks and changes that we learned along the way. If you’ll stick around I’ll be sure to post all the information here on my blog in the weeks to come.

For now, since it’s January and we’re all starting some new habits for the new year, I thought I’d give you some information on where the Advent Project readings came from. If you’re interested in trying to incorporate a “Daily Office” of written readings and prayers into your routine, these resources might be helpful to you.

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Daily Office – Peter Scazzero

My journey into the Daily Office began with this book. As a Baptist boy, I knew nothing about the written prayers and set times of prayer that are taught in more liturgical traditions. Peter Scazzero, the author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (a GREAT read), has created a small book of written prayers and readings to help get started on this path. I highly recommend the book, especially if you’re like me and have little experience with liturgical traditions.

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Common Prayer – Shane Claiborne & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The second book I found that helped with daily prayer was this collection. It’s a very ecumenical book, uniting liturgies from several traditions, and even including a hymn or spiritual song for each day. In particular, this book focuses on reminding us to remember the poor and needy throughout our daily lives. You might be able to find this one at Barnes & Noble, if you want to take a look before diving in.

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Celebrating Daily Prayer – David Stancliffe

Finally, I landed on this small book of Anglican liturgy. Celebrating Daily Prayer is a way of summarizing the complicated Book of Common Prayer into a simple, easy to understand form. It still takes a little bit to get the hang of, so you’ll have to do a bit of reading on the front end to figure out the system, but it’s a great resource. All of the written prayers from the Advent Project were actually taken directly from this book. If you’re familiar with daily prayer, I highly recommend picking up a copy.

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iPray BCP – iPhone app

One other tool is iPray, an iPhone app that brings the daily office from the Book of Common Prayer to your phone each day. This is a really cool resource, and it takes away some of the digging and page turning that makes the Book of Common Prayer daunting at times. It’s $1.99, but the app is really thorough. providing morning, midday, evening, and even compline (bedtime, basically) prayers.

So, there you go! Hope these resources are of some help to you, and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Hopefully you’ll stick around here on the blog for the next few months and we’ll join back in together on the Lent Project this spring!

Happy New Year!

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