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The Living Nativity

Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis

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THIS eCOURSE RELEASES OCTOBER 2018
Though some of the eCourse contents are in the production and testing stage, you can get registered before Advent begins for a preview into the contents.

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The Living Nativity explores how nativity sets, Advent wreaths, candles, carols, Christmas cards, and other traditions help prepare our hearts for the God "who bends low to enter our world and our lives." Prayer poems for each day of the season lead readers to deepen their spiritual journey, and the book provides a guided pattern for individuals and small groups to share reflections and experience activities that open their hearts to the Christ child.

The Living Nativity provides a prayer, a meditation, and reflection questions for each day of Advent. The Leader's Guide includes suggestions for worship, discussion questions focused onthe readings, and guidance for a mini-retreat on a theme of the week.

If you would like to experience the contents of this eCourse in print form, you are invited to order the book on which this eCourse is based at Bookstore.UpperRoom.org. eCourse registrants will be provided a 20% discount on the print edition only valid in the Upper Room Bookstore.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Four weeks of 5 daily readings
  • An optional additional week of readings after Christmas
  • a suggested activity for each weekend to reinforce the weekly theme
  • Sundays contain suggestions for families or small groups
  • Enhancement on the reading experience with video, audio, and online discussion forum options available throughout the eCourse.

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Your Instructor


Larry Peacock
Larry Peacock

Larry Peacock is director of the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, Oregon. He served as executive director of Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in North Andover, Massachusetts, for 11 years. A retired United Methodist pastor, Peacock is a trained spiritual director, an author, and a retreat leader.


Course Content


  Pre-Course Material
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  First Sunday of Advent
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  Week 1 - Day 1 - Desire and Fervor
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  Week 1 - Day 2 - Preparation
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  Week 1 - Day 3 - Celebration
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  Week 1 - Day 4 - Preaching the Word
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  Week 1 - Day 5 - Miracles
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  Weekend 1
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  Second Sunday of Advent
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  Week 2 - Day 1 - Candles and Light
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  Week 2 - Day 2 - Music and Longing
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  Week 2 - Day 3 - Music and Anticipation
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  Week 2 - Day 4- Trees
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  Week 2 - Day 5 - Creche Sets
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  Weekend 2
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  Third Sunday of Advent
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  Week 3 - Day 1 - Los Posadas
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  Week 3 - Day 2 - Calendars, Chains, and Cards
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  Week 3 - Day 3 - Labyrinths and Spirals
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  Week 3 - Day 4 - Peace Letters
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  Week 3 - Day 5 - Blue Christmas
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  Weekend 3
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  Fourth Sunday of Advent
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  Week 4 - Day 1 - A Strange Way to Save the World
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  Christmas Eve - Special Night, Silent Night
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  Christmas Day - Welcome Baby Jesus
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  Week 4 - Day 4 - Boxing Day
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  Week 4 - Day 5 - Praising God for the Gift of Jesus
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  Weekend 4
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  First Sunday After Christmas - Week 5
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  Week 5 - The 12 Days of Christmas
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  Week 5 - New Year's Eve
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  Week 5 - New Year
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  Week 5 - Resolutions
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  Week 5 - Let Go, Hold On
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  Week 5 - Encourgement
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  Weekend 5
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  Epiphany - January 6th
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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