ADVENT 2020 RESOURCES

DECONSTRUCT: CONFESS

REFLECTION – CONFESSION – ACTION

Welcome to DECONSTRUCT: An Advent Devotional

The Theme

Each year, LEAD produces Seasonal Resources that accompany the liturgical calendar to invite participants into a journey of devotion, reflection, and action.

This Advent we will be exploring the theme DECONSTRUCT during Advent.

Let the voices of the prophets and the voices of four modern church leaders invite you to do some deconstructing of your own.

What are the layers of life that have made you who you are?

What do you need to claim again about the beautiful creation you are?

What do you need to let go of?

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de·con·struct
/ˌdēkənˈstrəkt/

verb

: to reduce (something) to its constituent parts in order to reinterpret it.

: to take apart or examine (something) in order to reveal the basis or composition often with the intention of exposing biases, flaws, or inconsistencies

: to adapt or separate the elements of for use in a radically new way

The Resources

We believe that the first step to DECONSTRUCT is to confess.

We confess of the ways that we have been complicit in keeping systems and structures in place that have brought about oppression.

We confess that we have not loved ourselves or our neighbors as ourselves.

We confess that we have not loved God.

We begin with examining who we are in this time in history, who our ancestors of faith were, and who God is as we embark on the journey to DECONSTRUCT.

We are excited to explore the texts provided by the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent 2020.

Weeks 1-3:
From the prophet Isaiah, these texts invite us into stories of struggle; stories that point to the cry of the people who were wandering and wondering about God’s presence; stories that invite us to remember that which remains and that which stands the test of time. 

Week 4:
The Magnificat from the Gospel of Luke is a story that brings hope and light and love to a people in desperate need of relief. It is a story that reminds us who God is and how God cares for those who are oppressed. 

 

What you will receive

Each week will include:

  • A video reflection on the text by an important leader of our time
  • A rite of confession and forgiveness
  • An action step

Options for Purchase*

Congregations:
Purchase includes the rights to use the resources within your congregation and to share them on social media

$100 for the full 4-week package

Individuals:
$40 for the full 4-week package

We anticipate that the resources will be available early November.

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*We recognize that these are challenging times. If you are financially unable to pay, you may choose to receive either the video reflection OR the confession and forgiveness for free. For those who are financially able, we encourage you to consider making an additional donation to support the creation of these and other resources for growing leaders with deep, bold, consequential faith.