Resources on Christmas

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Topical Study on Christmas Christmas is the time for the preacher to drop all the cultural hoopla and sentimentality and focus on the real thing: the incarnation of the Son of God. The good news is that your congregation is tired of the hype anyway. They long for depth and meaning in their Christmas... Christmas Homilies Focusing on the Good Gifts of God. Sermon (Complete) by Thomas McQuillen http://www.hprweb.com/2015/11/homilies-for-december-2015/ Sermon (Complete) by Thomas McQuillen Topics: Christmas , Theodicy , Good , David Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Each year as we approach Christmas we are reminded of the gift of Christ, and the way that God worked evil towards good. David's infidelity, Ruth's widowed status, and Pilate's commands. Each was worked towards good. Christmas Element of Worship http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupWorshipAid.asp?LRID=302 Element of Worship Topics: Christmas , Worship Planning , Special Days , Music Source: The African American Lectionary This Christmas service is centered around John 1:1-14 and focuses on John’s preparing the way for the coming of the Savior. There are suggestions for planning, calls to worship, and music for the service. Christmas Pageants Audio/Video by Kim Lawton http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2011/12/09/december-17-2010-christmas-pageants/7678/ Audio/Video by Kim Lawton Topics: Christmas , Children/youth , Nativity , Video Source: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly This video by PBS is about how Christmas pageants done by children in Church's have a rich history and purpose in telling the basic story line of the birth of Jesus.  Preparing for Christmas Devotional by Alex Yeung https://www.epriest.com/reflections/view/1333/en Devotional by Alex Yeung Topics: Christmas , Repentance , Preparation , Coming of Christ Source: ePriest This devotional by Alex Yeung on Mark 1:1-8 talks about preparing for Christ by focusing on John the Baptist's preparation, preaching, and repentance. Available also in Spanish. Preparing for Christmas Devotional by Frank Formolo https://www.epriest.com/reflections/view/1333 Devotional by Frank Formolo Topics: Christmas , Repentance , Preparation , John the Baptist Source: ePriest Reflecting on Mark 1:1-8, Frank Formolo writes that John the Baptist had removed himself from the world and anything that would take him from fulfilling his call to prepare the way of the Lord. Christmas Sermon Starter/Outline by Daryl J. Walker http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupWorshipAid.asp?LRID=440 Sermon Starter/Outline by Daryl J. Walker Topics: Christmas , Worship Planning , Ecumenism , Love Source: The African American Lectionary This sermon starter and commentary on Luke 2:15–20 offers worship resources from an African American perspective for celebrating Christmas with an ecumenical focus. Christmas Pageants Audio/Video by Kim Lawton http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2011/12/09/december-17-2010-john-witvliet-extended-interview/7690/ Audio/Video by Kim Lawton Topics: Christmas , Worship , Children/youth , Music Source: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly In this video, Kim Lawton interviews John Witvliet about the themes and messages of Christmas pageants, exploring how they can create opportunities for intergenerational worship and community. Christmas Eve Call to Worship Element of Worship by Carol Penner https://carolpenner.typepad.com/leadinginworship/2009/11/christmas-eve-call-to-worship.html Element of Worship by Carol Penner Topics: Christmas , Worship , Peace , Bethlehem Source: Carol Penner This call to worship is written for Christmas Eve, focusing on the imminent birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas Blues Article by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/6347-dr_thomas_lane_butts_christmas_blues Article by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Christmas , Shame , Sorrow Source: Day1 Christmas is not a happy season for everyone. Thomas Lane Butts shares a few tips on how to overcome Christmas blues. Christmas and the Clash of Civilizations Study Guide by Robert B. Kruschwitz http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/159247.pdf Study Guide by Robert B. Kruschwitz Topics: Christmas , Consumerism Source: The Christian Reflection Project Study guide for a lesson about Christmas and consumerism. Liturgical elements and discussion questions included. Christmas Pageant Element of Worship by Multiple Contributors https://www.faithward.org/christmas-pageant/ Element of Worship by Multiple Contributors Topics: Christmas , Advent , Worship , Children Source: Faithward This resource will help worship leaders plan a Christmas pageant primarily led by children who will reenact the nativity story while a narrator reads Luke 2 from The Message. Christmas Is a Choice Sermon (Complete) by Whitney Rice https://episcopalchurch.org/library/sermon/christmas-choice-christmas-day-i-2018 Sermon (Complete) by Whitney Rice Topics: Christmas , Joy , Choice , Trust Source: Sermons That Work Whitney Rice reminds us that Christmas is all about God giving us a choice. And the choice is this: "Will you accept the incarnate infant Christ as your savior and your friend and your hope?” Christmas Element of Worship by Bernice Johnson Reagon http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupCulturalAid.asp?LRID=244 Element of Worship by Bernice Johnson Reagon Topics: Christmas , Jesus , Incarnation , Worship Planning Source: The African American Lectionary This cultural resource from the African American Lectionary is for a Christmas service. This resource provides music and takes a look at the dangers of the world Jesus entered into, as well as his early travels. Christmas Is a Choice Sermon (Complete) by Whitney Rice https://episcopalchurch.org/library/sermon/christmas-choice-christmas-day-i-2018 Sermon (Complete) by Whitney Rice Topics: Christmas , Joy , Choice , Day Source: Sermons That Work The choice we face at Christmas is to be as vulnerable as did God by incarnating himself in the form of a fragile, vulnerable infant utterly reliant on human parents for his survival in the world. Christmas Story Books for Worship Article by Carolyn Brown http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2011/08/christmas-story-books-for-worship.html Article by Carolyn Brown Topics: Christmas , Story , Children , Advent Source: Worshiping With Children This article is a collection of summaries and reviews of children's books, including both stories about Christmas celebrations and themes and retellings of Biblical narratives, for use in an Advent worship service. Christmas! Children's Sermon http://storypath.upsem.edu/christmas/ Children's Sermon Topics: Christmas , Family , Story , Art Source: Storypath This Christmas children's book doesn’t have any text at all, but once you look at gloriously detailed, colorful, and lively artwork, you realize that truly a picture is worth 1,000 words! Potentially useful for children's sermons. Christmas Lights Children's Sermon https://www.sermons4kids.com/christmas_lights.htm Children's Sermon Topics: Christmas , Light , Jesus , Children Source: Sermons 4 Kids This children's sermon on John 1:6-8 uses a string of Christmas lights to remind us of the one true light -- Jesus. (Includes links to optional colouring and activity pages.) Christmas Communion Service Service Outline https://www.reformedworship.org/article/september-1988/christmas-communion-service Service Outline Topics: Christmas , Liturgy , Lord’s Supper , Worship Planning Source: Reformed Worship Christmas marks the culmination of the Advent season. In this Christmas communion service, we celebrate the arrival of our Messiah, who has visited and redeemed his people. Christmas Commentary/Exegesis by J. Kameron Carter http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupCulturalAid.asp?LRID=182 Commentary/Exegesis by J. Kameron Carter Topics: Christmas , Redemption , Cultures , Worship Planning Source: The African American Lectionary A collection of resources for celebrating Christmas, including commentary on Isaiah 9:6 and Luke 2:8-14, along with songs and literary selections. This resource is focused on the theme of transforming culture. Christmas Eve Sermon Starter/Outline https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship-planning/advent-2016-worship-series-overview/christmas-eve-a-planning-notes/christmas-eve-a-additional-resources Sermon Starter/Outline Topics: Christmas , Advent , Worship , PowerPoint Source: Discipleship Ministries The United Methodist Church offers additional resources to support the Advent sermon series for Christmas Eve service. See sidebar for additional resource support - worship planning, preaching notes, hymn suggestions, and graphics.

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