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Advent Hope: Staying Afloat In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling
Advent Waiting Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.... Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship
Christmas Eve A "The message for Christmas Eve is clear and simple: in Christ, God comes to us." In Psalm 96, Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20, and Titus 2:11-14 we hear about the ways God becomes present in our lives. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Sacredise | Author: John van de Laar Singing Christmas Carols in Worship with the Children This practical how-to offers ways to encourage learning and spiritual reflection in the children of the congregation by strategically placing and providing variations to Christmas carols during the worship service. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Christmas Story Books for Worship 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Christmas Christmas can be difficult for those who are suffering from losses, sickness or any other struggles. A “Blue Christmas” Service provides a sacred space for individuals to acknowledge these “blue” feelings and find comfort and hope. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: The African American Lectionary | Author: Nolan Williams, Jr. Christmas Benediction: A Great Light A benediction inspired by Isaiah 9:2-7 with themes of darkness and light, for use on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. A Trinitarian closing reminds us that God's grace, love, and fellowship go with us. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Worshiping with Children at Christmas: Tips for Inclusion and Engagement Carolyn Brown offers some fantastic advice for including and engaging children in worship on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Ideas include drama, intentional scripture readings, encouragement to provide childcare for younger children, and more. Resource type: Article | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Christmas Affirmation of Faith An affirmation of faith for the Christmas season. It addresses our belief in each person of the Trinity, reconciliation "of the world to God" and the birth of children made in God's image. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Christmas Readers' Theatre: For Unto Us a Child is Born! This is a multi-voice readers’ theatre for Christmas Eve, entitled, "For Unto Us a Child is Born!" Resource type: Drama | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Carol Penner Full Text Hymns on Christmas I Heard the Bells on Christmas DayPD
Sing We Now of ChristmasPD
Love Came Down at ChristmasPD
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Christmas A collection of resources, including commentary on Isaiah 9:6 and Luke 2:8-14, songs and literary selections, for celebrating Christmas, focusing on the theme of transforming culture. Resource type: Study Guide | Source: The African American Lectionary | Author: J. Kameron Carter Children's Worship Resources for When Christmas is Over and We Are Sad About It The Sunday after Christmas many kids and grownups may feel a little blue, grumpy, or, at least, tired. In this lectionary guide, Carolyn Brown offers worship resources to help leaders engage kids at such a time.... Resource type: Article | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Christmas In this article, Lynette Ford reflects that John the Baptist could be a good model to follow as we commemorate the birth of Jesus. Included are suggestions for Christmas activities, music, audio visual material, and more.... Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: The African American Lectionary | Author: Lynette Ford Christmas Is Passed, Salvation and Life Have Arrived in Jesus; Now What? Christmas has occurred, now what (John 1:1-4)? Commentary also on new, living hope in salvation; praise and thanks to God; being children of God through faith, and seeing Jesus, the Word made flesh more fully. Resource type: Study Guide | Source: Sermons That Work | Author: Susan Sevier Love is Born (Nepali Christmas song, reggae & rap) The Nepali Kairos Band was born from the thriving youth culture of Kathmandu. This Christmas song, “Prema Ko Janma Bho” (“Love is Born”) contains international and urban elements, like a reggae groove and a rap. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Global Worship | Author: Paul Neeley Telling the Christmas Story to Children Drawing on Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 98, Luke 2:1-20, John 1, Hebrews 1:1-12, and Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7, Carolyn Brown's children's sermon notes illustrate how to tell the Christmas story through drama, dialogue, worship, books, and Santa references. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown christmas spirit Christine Longhurst introduces this poem and prayer written by Cheryl Lawrie that captures the gentle hope and faith at work at Christmas-time. Resource type: Poetry | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Christmas A sermon starter and commentary on Matthew 2:13-23, for celebrating Christmas. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: The African American Lectionary | Author: Linda E. Thomas
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