Scottish Episcopal Church Online Advent Calendar for 2017

December 18, 2017

December 25 – Unto us a Child is Born

After the anticipation of Advent, we celebrate the birth of the living Jesus.

Merry Christmas from The Scottish Episcopal Church

Many thanks to P’s and G’s Music for the use of their track ‘Faithful’ from their new EP.

December 24 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

A Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

December 23 – Make Them The Most

The Provost of Inverness Cathedral, the Rev Sarah Murray, discusses how we can care for those for whom the Christmas period can be a difficult time. On Christmas day, the Cathedral halls will live out this message of hope by hosting a large number of people for a community Christmas Dinner.

December 22 – Sharing God’s Love

Rebecca Cromwell, Chair of the Provincial Youth Committee shares her hopes for 2018. This video was produced by the Provincial Youth Committee as part of their own Advent Calendar video series, which can be found on their Facebook page.

December 21 – Eagerly Seeking God

The Right Reverend Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh reflects on an Advent Calendar gifted to the Diocese of Edinburgh by their partner Diocese of Espoo in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

December 20 – The Road to Bethlehem

The Rev Canon Anne Dyer, Rector of Holy Trinity, Haddington; Bishop Elect of Aberdeen and Orkney reflects on the painting ‘The Road to Bethlehem’ by Fritz von Uhde.

December 19 – There was a man sent from God

Brigadier John Macfarlane, of the Comunn Gàidhlig na h-Eaglaise Easbaigiche Albannaiche (The Gaelic Society of the Scottish Episcopal Church) reads from the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 1-14.


December 18 – Doing Our Job

The Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, The Very Revd John Conway, reflects on the opportunities that the Advent and Christmas seasons provide, particularly to visitors to the capital in Winter.

December 17 – The Last Word is God’s

The Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, reflects on how Advent calls us to help bring in the new world, God’s world.

December 16 – The Song of Mary

Rachel Sydeserff reads the Song of Mary (Luke 1:46–55) in Gaelic.

December 15 – O Come Emmanuel

One of the groups that has kindly provided some of the music for this advent video calendar is the P’s and G’s Music group, who have recently released an EP of Advent and Christmas music. More information on the EP can be found on their Facebook page: Ps & Gs Music.

December 14 – Generosity

The Rev Carol Latimer, of All Souls Church Grouping in Fife, talks about the challenges facing foodbanks at this time of year.

December 13 – Signing the Celebration of Christ

The Rev Rosie Addis, Assistant Curate at Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield and chaplain to Albany Deaf Church discusses how to spread the good news of Christ’s birth in British Sign Language.

December 12 – Yearning for God

The Right Reverend Kevin Pearson, Bishop of Argyll and The Isles shares his reflection on how our love for God is shown through our relationships with our loved ones as we anticipate the birth of a child.

December 11 – The Great Hymns of the Church

City of Edinburgh organist and music director at Old Saint Paul’s Church in the Diocese of Edinburgh talks about the beauty of music written for the Advent season.

December 9 – Prayers on a Postcard

Petko Marinov, a member of the congregation of St Mary’s Cathedral in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, talks about his project ‘Prayers on a Postcard’, it’s inspiration and how you can get involved.


December 8 – Burning Brightly with the Love of God

The Rev Christine Barclay, rector of St Peter’s, Linlithgow and St Columba’s, Bathgate talks about the ongoing development project at St Peter’s.

December 7 – Soul Food

Anne Burnett, a member of the congregation at St Paul’s and St George’s, Edinburgh talks about the upcoming christmas dinner that the Soul Food Initiative is organising this winter.

December 6 – The Shepherds sing; and shall I silent be?
Young people from every diocese in the Scottish Episcopal Church read George Herbert’s poem ‘Christmas’

December 5 – A Momentous Life
The Rev Canon Dr Alison Peden reflects on Mary, Elizabeth, and meeting with loved ones at important moments.

December the 4 – Rev Sally Foster-Fulton: Head of Christian Aid Scotland

Rev Sally says: “Presentaid is an ethical gift project that supports the work of Christian Aid. We are the UK Churches’ International Development Agency, working in 40 countries around the world. We always work with local partners because we believe those living on the sharp end of poverty are best placed to identify their needs and drive the solutions. The Scottish Episcopal Church are one of our 41 sponsoring churches and are strong partners with Christian Aid Scotland – we work together with congregations to expose the scandal of poverty – campaigning for climate, gender and tax justice. You help us raise awareness, action and money.”

December 3 – The First Sunday of Advent

Meghan Philp, one of the young people from the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness reads a collect for the First Sunday of Advent

December 2 – Not Just for You

Joanna MacDonald discusses how the actions of The Virgin Mary call us all to say yes to God.

December the 1st – Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church introduces our Advent Video Calendar for 2017.