Tag Archive: Christmas

Dec 31

2nd Sunday After Christmas (Year A)

Worship Ideas The Jeremiah 31:7-14 text could be used as the basis of a service of healing and reconciliation. Offer prayerful blessings for each and every member and friend of your congregation, inspired by the psalmist’s words in Psalm 147:12-20 that God “blesses your children within you”. What will we give birth to this year …

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Dec 23

1st Sunday after Christmas (Year A)

Worship Ideas If you have not enjoyed a “carol sing” at your church yet, this is a great Sunday to do so. What a wonderful (and easy) way to “praise the Lord” (as the psalmist sings in Psalm 148)! Isaiah 63:7-9 invites us to “recount the gracious deeds of the Lord”. Since this is the …

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Dec 16

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Year A)

I have posted about the various Nativity of the Lord readings in previous posts. The one that I posted last year has a plethora of ideas, as well as links to other posts that could be helpful.  You can also find liturgy suggestions from previous years here. Worship Ideas Celebrating that the Light of the …

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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 22

1st Sunday After Christmas (Year C)

1 Samuel 2:18-20,  26 Just a few weeks have passed since we talked about Hannah and her deep desire to bear a son.  Now, we are introduced to her son: Samuel. Hannah had dedicated her son to the Lord and to the Lord’s service in the temple.  Still, she remained connected to him by making …

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Dec 18

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Year C) – Words for Worship

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Isaiah 9:2-7) Mighty God, we confess that we have walked in darkness for too long.  We carry the yoke of guilt and we have felt the sting of the rod of sin and oppression.  Wonderful Counselor, guide us to walk in your light.  Free us from our burdens, and establish …

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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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Nov 21

Words for Worship – Advent Candlelighting (Year C)

The prayers included for each day can be read by the leader or read in unison – whichever fits your context best.  All scripture quotes are taken from the NRSV. First Sunday of Advent  (Promise — Uses Jeremiah 33:14-16) Advent is here, and the wait for the birth of the Christ has begun As we light the …

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Nov 19

Advent / Christmas Materials

While new materials for Advent and Christmas are in the process of being written, I thought it would be good to post some links to a few of the materials that were previously published by The Worship Closet (so you can have all the links in one spot): Advent Candlelighting Liturgy Longest Night / Blue …

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Dec 23

1st Sunday After Christmas (Year B) – “Alternative” Worshp Ideas

Since the 1st Sunday After Christmas falls on January 1st this year, I know that there are some who are looking for creative, “alternative” worship service ideas (since attendance may be lower, etc).  Well, I certainly don’t want to leave you wondering what ideas I have, so… Here are some suggestions for service elements, themes, activities, …

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