Advent (Nov. 29 through Dec. 24) is our season to slow down, seek God’s presence, and remember the hope God has in store. That hope is God With Us, Emmanuel – the baby Jesus whose birth heals us and the Lord Jesus whose return will restore all things as God intended in the beginning. We may have never needed Advent more than we do right now.

To help you prepare your heart for the Savior’s coming, we’re making these online resources available:

Advent Word
A daily devotion on our Facebook page featuring Scripture, a brief reflection, and images from the beauty of St. Andrew’s.

St. Andrew’s Adventures
A weekly conversation on our Facebook page where you can share experiences and images from your holiday season.

In Light and Darkness
An Advent series in our Café 9:15 class on Sunday mornings Nov. 29 to Dec. 20. We’ll discuss God with us and within us, God’s call not to be afraid, the Good News of great joy, and the journey to Bethlehem. Join the conversation on Zoom Sundays at 9:15 a.m.

Good Book Club: Hope and Healing in the Distance
The Good Book Club is reading part of “Second Isaiah” (chapters 40-55), the portion of Isaiah written for the Israelites in exile in Babylon. To a people anxious and afraid, God promises presence, renewal, a return to their homeland, and abiding love always. To sign up for texts or emails with a daily reading and a summary, contact Fr. John.

Music for Preparation and Expectation
From Building Faith at Virginia Theological Seminary. These playlists are available on the music streaming app Spotify, which you can access via computer or smart phone. How can you use Spotify for free? Just download and install the free Spotify app. (There are versions for desktop, iPhone/iPad and Android phones.) After that, just sign into your account on those devices and start listening!