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Worship: Advent & Christmas

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;

Liturgical Arts - Year C

Preorder This Here Flesh (Penguin; 02.22.22) by November 28th and receive an invitation to a four-part series intentional virtual space: Sunday evenings during Advent, gather by candlelight for a brief reflection, practice breathing and silence, and learn to wait together through the dark.

Additional liturgical elements following four themes - The Wait, The Silence, The Body, and The Dark - will be shared throughout the season via Patreon. Discover written content and liturgies by becoming a Black Liturgies patron here.

Rev. Elsa Anders Cook (Cooking with Elsa) has been busy in her kitchen:

          

PANDEMIC PRAYERS         PANDEMIC LIGHTING          PANDEMIC FIRESIDE

FOR REIGN OF CHRIST    OF THE ADVENT WREATH   PRAYERS FOR CHRISTMAS

          

 

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REIMAGINE ADVENT.
DISCOVER THE LIBERATING CHRIST.

Are we willing to rethink Advent? Examine this story 

in new ways and respond to God’s call for justice and joy.

Find:

  • Lectionary texts for each week
  • Suggested hymns and songs
  • A litany and opening prayer
  • Options for sermon emphases, with notes
  • A hands-on activity for children’s church or church school

Note: This is a digital product. No physical product will be shipped.

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Close to Home is A Sanctified Arts' 2021 Advent-Epiphany theme. Resources include:

And these free resources are included:

NEXT Church

Advent Candle Liturgy – Year C

Text written by Carla Pratt Keyes. Music written by Doug Brown.

Liturgical Arts - General

Missy Greene (St Stephen's Episcopal, Edina, MN) created Digital Nativity Stories.

Download as .pdf, .zip and/or .png file to share in a variety of formats.

God’s Son v.1

God’s Son v. 2

A Star-filled Grace

A Star-Filled GraceWorship and prayer resources for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Jan Richardson's writing is appropriate for worship, contemplative practices, family devotions and small group discussions. 

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

A collection from preeminent hymn writer and liturgist Brian Wren suitable for use in a variety of worship traditions.

 

     Drive-through Journey to Bethlehem - full script is here; adaptation ideas are here.

The Iona Community offers these seasonal liturgical resources and a slew of other downloadable liturgical elements.

               

Sermon/Prep

Invite artists of all ages to illustrate your Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or First Sunday of Christmas sermon. Use one of our Illustrate Your Own rhyming verse sermons for free. (Please share appropriate credits on all platforms.)

Webinars & Podcasts

This on-demand Convergence resource offers wisdom from Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Brian McLaren, and Rev. Jim Keat as they spark new insights and ideas for you to explore throughout the upcoming Advent season.

Cost: $39

Learn more and register here.

Practical Resources for Churches offers a number of on-demand webinars.

Lighting the Advent wreath on a Zoom call

“Virtual Advent” featuring Anna Petrin

How can Advent be special in a year when so much is different?

Wired Magazine's What Should You Do about Holiday Gatherings and Covid-19? can help in family and congregational conversations - including a could creative alternatives.

Music

Painting Advent Videos & Downloads

PAINTING ADVENT VIDEOS & DOWNLOADS

Four videos available through free download links. Donate To Level Ground Mennonite Church

All The Many's Advent and Christmas music in one place.

Engage Worship has compiled a list of shareable (YouTube or Facebook live) Christmas music videos in contemporary and traditional styles.

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians put together a wonderful rendition of Angels We Have Heard on High for congregations to use; available in various formats.

Tom Witt shared this fantastic Advent & Christmas music list in the UCC's Clergy Praxis Zoom.

Books & Devotionals

Recorded/Full Worship Services

"Celebrate the Child" featuring Jonathan Swenson, Paraphrase Theatre www.paraphrasetheatre.com

The cost for the entire 1 hour video is $300 for congregations over 500 worshipping in normal conditions (not Covid #'s), or $200 for those under 500. $50 for any/each additional playing of the video.

Augsburg University created their profound Advent Vespers, Come Now, Breath of God

Judicatory Resources

Books and resources to help prepare for Advent in a spirit of hope; for individual or small group study or in classrooms.

ELCA World Hunger encourage addressing local, regional and global hunger.

Seasonally appropriate materials guide congregations in specific actions and provide for worship and study.

The ELCA's First Third of Life team curated a great list of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany resources.

The Longest Night

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Narrative Lectionary

a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

Advent Candles: God-With-Us

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Covid-19 Christmas Celebration Guidelines

On November 10, Governor Walz detailed new restrictions to slow communal spread of Covid-19. Executive Order 20-96 states that as of Nov. 24, attendance at "receptions" must not exceed 50 attendees; as of December 8, attendance must not exceed 25 attendees. This applies to anything you host at the church or in another venue that is not worship itself.

CDC considerations for fall and winter holiday celebrations.

Resuming Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life: The Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacraments

Bishop Ough of the MN Annual Conference UMC wrote Conference Regathering Plans Move to Orange to aid leaders in deterring best practices, especially looking ahead to Advent and Christmas.

Liturgical Arts - Year B

Co-Creating a Prayer for Lent “Mad Lib” Style

using technologies such as zoom to reach people in new, sustaining, and sustainable ways - adaptable for Advent or any other season

 


Illustrated Worship: Advent contains five hand-drawn illustrations and five bulletins which illustrate texts from the RCL for Advent (Year B), November 29 through December 27, 2020. 

Illustrated Nativity Figures

20 illustrations to use in Christmas worship bulletins, newsletters, or giant, life-size nativity figures - endless possibilities. Find suggestions here.

Rev. Elsa Cook offers a Pandemic Liturgy for Advent, including visual art and videos (from re:thinkworship) for each Sunday; a lovely Lessons and Carols in Coronatide liturgy for Christmas Eve or the First Sunday of Christmas; and Shadows and Light: A Service for a Pandemic Christmas Eve.

SALT Project created Advent Lighting Litanies

Featured Advent Films - multiple gorgeous films of varying lengths; share with many ages in worship, study, devotional time, etc.

LeaderWise's Dan Nelson, PhD, LP, collated a beautiful Interfaith Prayer for Peace. Adding pieces from other world religions or individuals - especially publicly/currently demonized groups - might add to its power.