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Apocalyptic Hope

DECEMBER 4, 2012 BY BRUCE SANGUIN Visit Bruce’s Site Here We tend to associate Advent with a season of waiting for the birth of the baby Jesus. Yet on the first Sunday of Advent, year after year, …

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The Consciousness of Christmas

This past Saturday night, my wife Roberta and I stood with a group of people on Hollywood Boulevard, holding flickering candles. Passers-by might have assumed we were Christmas caroling. But we were holding a vigil for the …

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Re-Thinking the “Wonders” of Christmas

A Christmas Requiem for Sandy Hook

Why — despite popular Christianity’s doctrinaire explanations — was a Galilean peasant child’s fate sealed even before he drew his first breath? Was the only reason for the birth of Mary and Joseph’s child simply so he …

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Doxology for Christmas

Sung to the traditional tune

Praise God whose light fills all the earth
Whose love we see in Jesus’ birth

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Christmas. Resource Types: Chants and Hymns.

Doxology for the Christmas Season

Sung to the traditional tune

Praise God for gifts of hope and peace
Praise God for gifts of joy and love
Praise God for sending Christ to dwell
On earth for us – Emmanuel. Amen.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Christmas and Epiphany. Resource Types: Chants and Hymns.

Ecstasy of Christmas

May we be enraptured
By overshadowing Love;
May our souls magnify the Lord
Through our widening eyes,

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Christmas. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Be Born In Me, Music Video, by Francesca Battistelli

THIS VIDEO BELONGS TO MAX LUCADO, RANDY FRANZEE, AND FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI To purchase or download this video: http://www.olivebranchcreative.com/the-story-downloads Lyrics: Everything inside me cries for order Everything inside me wants to hide Is this shadow an angel or …

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Christmas Day responsive reading

Leader: Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ.
People: We celebrate the birth of Jesus, who showed us how to express God by letting the Christ within be our guide.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Christmas. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

My Children Are Not Good For Santa Claus

We practice Santa Claus in our home as in he comes on Christmas Eve and leaves some of the presents that my kids asked for in a letter.  He flies to our home like he flew to …

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Topics: The Younger Generation. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe and Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Christmas. Ages: All Ages. Resource Types: Articles.
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Re-Thinking the “Wonders” of Christmas

A Christmas Requiem for Sandy Hook

Note:  this Christmas Commentary is written in the context of the holiday observance, and as a requiem for the slaughter of the innocents at a place now known to us all as Sandy Hook. A pdf version to …

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A Service of Holy Communion at Christmas

Minister: May it be well with you.
All: And also with you.

Minister: Life is a gift and we are to celebrate it.
All: May we rejoice in the beauty of this special time.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Advent and Christmas. Rituals: Communion. Resource Types: Full Service Liturgies.

Christmas Eve 95

A baby waits in a dark, warm womb
Lulled by the sway of a donkey’s walk

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Topics: Arts and Music and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Advent and Christmas. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Christmas Eve Responsive Reading

Leader: It is a night of anticipation, a night of waiting.
People: We wait, as Mary and Joseph waited for the birth of their son.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 1: Teachings of Jesus and Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Advent and Christmas. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Incarnation Meditation

I am what comes before sand and sandstone
Chickens and eggs.
I am the unproven truth
On which all proofs depend.

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Topics: Arts and Music and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Advent and Christmas. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Christmas Haiku

Advent comes again
time for watching and waiting
fill your days with hope

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Advent and Christmas. Ages: All Ages. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Modern Magnificat

My soul sings in gratitude.

I’m dancing in the mystery of God.

The light of the Holy One is within me

and I am blessed, so truly blessed.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Advent and Christmas. Texts: Luke. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Christmas Prayer: Emmanuel, God-Is-with-Us

From

We believe in an Ultimate Reality,
a reality beyond our words
and beyond our images,
a reality that grounds and sustains everything that exists.

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Carols at Kaurihohore Historic Church

This service is a response to loving the traditional 9 lessons and carols but being aware that starting with ‘the fall of man’ is not the main Good News that our progressive church wants to express to our surrounding community members when they come to church once a year for Christmas carols!

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