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The Making. Where does the Advent tradition come from?

The History. Explore a brief historical overview of the Advent season.

The Traditions. What happens, and what does it all mean?

Welcome to Advent!




Each guide is created around a theme that we overlay on the Nativity. We use a four-week format that invites you into the story and then into a personal response. With imaginative language and a disarming beauty, we appeal to the spiritually curious regardless of faith orientation. As we see it, Advent is the most natural time of the year to invite anyone to explore the origin story of Jesus.

How our guides have been used:  
            *Churches have offered them to their congregations

            *Pastors have used them as a four-week teaching series

            *Non-profits have sent them to supporters

            *Employers have given them as staff or volunteer gifts

            *Families have used them for devotionals

            *Individuals have sent them in place of Christmas cards

Our pricing has been simplified: any order under 50 guides is $4/guide and any over 50 guides is $3/guide (plus shipping). If we have your guide already in stock, we will mail them when you make your order (If you have a deadline, you are welcome to contact me.) The last chance to place orders will be November 16.

If you have questions or want recommendations, please contact me directly. I would be very happy to connect with you during my favorite season of the year!  Blessings upon you,

Dave Meserve
Director, Urban Skye

URBAN SKYE is non-profit in Denver, Colorado. Our mission is to provide personal and published guides for the creative, spiritual life.


Our Advent Guides - On Sale Now

The Door - customizable Advent guide

One of the historic themes of the Nativity story is to "make Him room".  In this Advent guide we take that challenge quite seriously!  We create four "doors" that make space for Christ and for each other during this busy time of the year.  Each devotional reading is followed by a weekly prayer, quotes from C. S. Lewis and two activities to try: one for all and one especially for children.

*SPECIAL ORDERS ONLY - 100 ORDER MINIMUM. A unique feature of this guide is a blank first page that can be personalized for a church or family.  Contact dave@urbanskye.org

Van Gogh

Magi, Shepherds, Simeon/Anna, Mary

The theme is “God outside the camp,” but the Van Gogh cover is so engaging that we refer to it as the Van Gogh Guide.  In it, you’ll meet four misfits and outcasts from the Nativity story who show that God’s channels of grace are always surprising.   Van Gogh’s art and life introduces the theme followed by four other misfits for you to read about and consider.  We offer three kinds of responses each week around our Urban Skye triad: pursue beauty, share burdens, learn grace.  Our Van Gogh Guide is our only guide that supplies blank pages for journaling.  Here is a sample of our Van Gogh guide. 

 The Third Way 

Herod, Angels, Innkeeper, Jesus

In contrast to our more natural “fight or flight” response to life, Jesus modeled a different way to live that neither returns violence for violence nor runs from the fight. We borrow the language of The Third Way and trace its origin through the Nativity Story.  How and why Jesus came into the world – the Incarnation – is our life-lesson in this guide.  Each week unfolds the theme through a character in the story and offers a reflection question for individuals or groups, an active response, and we suggest further readings.  We also highlight a provocative quote and one of Jesus’ beatitudes.  Here is a sample of our Third Way guide. 

Thin Places  

Mary/Elizabeth, Zechariah, Shepherds, Simeon 

The Celtic Saints of old understood that the distance between heaven and earth was often “thin” in certain, sacred places.  God was so close you could feel The Presence!  We discovered four such thin places in the four exclamations, or poems, of the Nativity story. Each week we tell the story and then relate it to a particular Celtic practice we call The Celtic Way.  Then we offer a Celtic prayer and two or three ways to cultivate your own thin place.   Kid’s will not only enjoy this guide but have a lot to offer the adults in how to connect with the God of Thin Places!  Here is a sample of our Thin Places guide. 

Primary Colors 

The Transcendence of Advent. TRANSCENDENCE  means “beyond the normal limits” and the Nativity is full of things far beyond normal.  Three transcendent virtues capture us as they have captured wisdom writers throughout the ages: TRUTH, GOODNESS and BEAUTY. They are like God’s “primary colors” for creating life, all used on a palette of GRACE.  In our latest Advent Guide, we will look at the origins and intentions of this Triad of Transcendence as seen in the Nativity.  The guided response each week connects us with The Story as well as our own and we provide a fun reflection on color to match our most colorful guide. You’ll also enjoy our first CHRISTMAS EVE devotion. Here is a sample of our Primary Colors guide.  


Purchase our Advent Guides via Paypal.  The guides cost $4.00, plus shipping for orders under 50.  

Orders of over 50

For orders for a church or organization of over 50, all of the above guides are $3.00 per guide.  

Advent Guides - small orders

If you are in the Denver area, we can arrange for local pick-up.  Contact Dave at his email dave@urbanskye.org

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