Tag Archive: Advent

Dec 16

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Worship Ideas The Isaiah 7:10-16 passage mentions that the one named Immanuel will “eat curds and honey”. Set up a station that allows people to taste curds and honey as they contemplate this reading. The Isaiah reading indicates that the sign of the Lord will be a young woman who bears a child.  Would we …

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Dec 09

Third Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Worship Ideas Isaiah 35:1-10 mentions waters and streams appearing in the desert and wilderness.  Encourage the congregation to support a mission project that provides clean drinking water to those who need it.  Be sure to decorate the worship space with fabric that looks like streams of cool water. Psalm 146:5-10 echos much of what Mary …

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Dec 02

Second Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Worship Ideas The passage from Isaiah 11:1-10 certainly lends itself to a conversation around the theme of “peace”.  However, it could also be the basis for conversations about “hope” — especially since we all hope for the peace that is described in this text. Children and adults alike may enjoy trying to think of unlikely pairs …

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Nov 25

First Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Worship Ideas The Isaiah 2:1-5 reading is wonderful to use if your “theme” for the First Sunday of Advent is “Peace”. Create ornaments in the shape of peace signs to decorate your Christmas trees and/or distribute to home-bound members/friends. Psalm 122 is a friendly, welcoming psalm to use to usher in the Advent season. What …

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Nov 20

Words for Worship – Advent Candlelighting (Year A)

First Sunday of Advent (Peace – based on Isaiah 2:1-5) Come and gather, O People of God! Let us gather at the House of the Lord! We await the Word, who will lead all nations. We await the One who will guide us in Peace. Let us – in peace – kindle the light of …

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Dec 18

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Year C)

There is a multitude of readings that you can use for Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.  I have posted about each of these before, so you will want to check out those posts (I have links below).  Meanwhile, here are a few new ideas: Nativity of the Lord – Proper I Previously posted ideas for …

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Dec 17

4th Sunday of Advent (Year C) – Words for Worship

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 80:1-7) Great Shepherd, we know that you are less than impressed with empty words and rituals that have lost their meaning.  Forgive us for hiding our hearts behind our traditions and comfortable practices.  Restore us, Lord, that we may be saved. Prayer for Illumination (inspired by Micah 5:4-5) Lord, …

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Dec 17

4th Sunday of Advent (Year C)

Micah 5:2-5a In a world that often seems to be so lacking in “peace”, it is a hopeful message to hear God’s promise of “the one of peace”. How does God feed us (the flock) “in the strength of the Lord”? You may want to decorate your worship space with peace symbols. You could create a collage …

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Dec 10

3rd Sunday of Advent (Year C) – Words for Worship

Prayer of Confession (adapted from Philippians 4:4-7) God of peace, we confess that we allow our hearts to be weighed down by worry and troubles.  Encourage us, by your Spirit, to take all things to you in prayer.  Guard our hearts and minds by the power of your peace and love, and help us know that …

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Dec 10

3rd Sunday of Advent (Year C)

Zephaniah 3:14-20 Focusing on this text?  Today would be a great day to have a hymn-sing during worship. You may want to learn all of those Advent hymns that are in your hymnal that you haven’t tried singing yet. You could start out by singing Advent hymns (either learning new ones, or singing the congregation’s …

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