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May you be gifts to those you see

with Roberta Maran

May you be gifts to those you see
Better than presents under a tree

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: Christmas and Epiphany. Resource Types: Affirmations, Poetry, and Readings.

Born to Die?: Why the Cross Doesn’t Belong at Christmas

December 12, 2012 Yesterday, I passed a church sign that proclaimed Christmas was the story of a baby born to die. It seemed a macabre, odd way to wish passersby a merry Christmas. Apparently, though, quite a few …

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Christmas Eve: The Preacher’s Nightmare and Greatest Opportunity

Visit Bruce’s Site on Evolutionary Christianity This will be the first Christmas Eve in twenty-seven years that I’m not preaching. I confess to not feeling overwhelming grief. It’s a tough gig—almost impossible to pitch the message in …

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A Light in the Darkness

For reasons I cannot explain, I have often find myself as an adult mired in a bit of darkness during the Christmas holidays. This year has been no exception. I am a little surprised, since I have …

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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.
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