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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.

Monthly e-Bulletin: Christmas- Born Again

During this time of intense transition, axial shifts, cultural evolution, darkness, and rebirth…may we all be born again into the light, into the healing, into the spirit, and into interconnected awareness. May the light of Jesus shine within all of us. May his birth be a reminder of the power of one human to change the world. May we be the midwives of this new birth. May the birthing pains be worth the new creation that we are being called to co-create. May we ever be in gratitude for this divine experience of being human during this holy shift.

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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.

Playing for a Change

“Higher Ground” is a song that speaks of the perseverance it takes to reach the higher consciousness. Let’s all keep trying together, one heart and one song at a time, until we all reach the Higher Ground.

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Sara Kay: On The Way

Soulful music that combines elements of folk, blues, jazz, and gospel. Lyrics are spiritual yet progressive, philosophical yet earthy, and realistic yet hopeful. The topics include: enjoying the sacredness of daily life, finding hope in difficult times, …

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Diana Butler Extended Interview- PBS

“I think that people who are leaving church, or people who call themselves spiritual but not religious, are raising really significant questions about faith, about community life and about the future of religion that religious leaders should pay more attention to,” says religion scholar Diana Butler Bass, author of Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. Watch more of our interview with her about the religious implications of the rise of the religiously unaffiliated.

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A Christian Without A Church Is Still A Christian

When my family stopped going to church a few years ago, quite a few Christians told me (with some Bible quotes thrown in for good measure) that Christians were supposed to spend time together. My family was …

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

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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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Advent Responsive Reading

Leader: In this Advent season, we honor a time in history when people anticipated the birth of a child.
People: The child grew to be a man who gave hope to his people.

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To simply bask in ignorance, a Hymn

To simply bask in ignorance, to shy away from facts, can masquerade as ‘simple faith’, or veil our foolish acts; and then the world will look at us, a church so old and stale, no longer worth …

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