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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

DEPARTMENT FOR SPIRITUALITY

The God Who Speaks through the Prophets

One of the biggest differences between the Jewish people and those around them was their faith in a God who could not be seen, but who was alive and who spoke to them.

We have inherited their belief in the God who speaks.

In Advent, we listen to ancient writers who lived in very different times to our own. In Year A, we listen to the voice of Isaiah, a major prophet who lived in one of the darkest periods of Jewish history. He constantly listened for the Voice of God, encouraging people not to give way to despair. It was quiet, but persistent and strong; there is always hope for My People.

We will use the First Readings of this Advent to listen to the Voice of God as it came through the prophet Isaiah. Other prophets spoke in similar ways, but Isaiah is often seen as the Advent and Christmas-time prophet and he will be our companion as we listen to the God who speaks.

As in previous years, the full Advent resources are available on a CD from the Department for Spirituality as this document details. In summary, they include:

  • The God Who Speaks – leaders’ notes, participants’ leaflet and a PowerPoint

  • Jesse Tree – background notes and ideas on how to create your own tree

  • Daily Reflections booklets – the texts of the daily emails

  • Blue Christmas Services – for people who will find Christmas difficult

  • Prayer Stations – for use in the church, school and prayer sessions

  • Advent 2016 – the last Year A Advent resources

Notes to resources:

The Advent 2016 resources are available on CD by request from the Department of Spirituality:
tel: 0191 243 3302 or email: spirituality@diocesehn.org.uk

If you would like further ideas on how to use the resources, please do not hesitate to contact the Department.

Wishing you a blessed Advent.


The God Who Speaks

Introducing Isaiah:
Presentation (powerpoint)
Presentation notes (word)

Week 1:
The God Who Speaks – First Reading (word)
The God Who Speaks – Leaders (pdfword)
The God Who Speaks – Participants (pdfword)

Week 2:
The God Who Speaks – First Reading (word)
The God Who Speaks – Leaders (pdfword)
The God Who Speaks – Participants (pdfword)

Week 3:
The God Who Speaks – First Reading (word)
The God Who Speaks – Leaders (pdfword)
The God Who Speaks – Participants (pdfword)

Week 4:
The God Who Speaks – First Reading (word)
The God Who Speaks – Leaders (pdfword)
The God Who Speaks – Participants (pdfword)


The Jesse Tree

Jesse Tree – background notes (word)
Creating an Advent Jesse Tree – notes and advent scriptures (pdfword)


Daily Reflections booklets

Week 1 – (pdfpub)
Week 2 – (pdfpub)
Week 3 – (pdfpub)
Week 4 – (pdfpub)
O Antiphons booklet – (pdfpub)


Blue Christmas Services

Cloth for the Cradle – Leaders (pdfword)
Cloth for the Cradle – Participants (pdfword)
Kindling Lights of Hope – Leaders (pdfword)
Kindling Lights of Hope – Participants (pdfword)
Palm of God's Hand – Leaders (pdfword)
Palm of God's Hand – Participants (pdfword)
The God Who Speaks – Leaders (pdfword)
The God Who Speaks – Participants (pdfword)
Speech Bubble – template (word)


Prayer Stations

Create a Jesse Tree – (pdfpub)
Also see resources listed within The Jesse Tree above.