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Measuring Time, an Advent reflection — Angie Combs, USA

An Advent Reflection 525,600 minutes. The opening song to the Broadway musical “Rent” tells us that in a single year, there are 525,600 minutes. The song then asks, how do you measure a year? Is it in daylights? Sunsets? Midnights? Cups of coffee? Inches? Miles? Laugher? Smiles? Psalm 90 talks about time, both our own […]

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From darkness to light: the Advent procession –Salisbury Cathedral, UK

This annual service, ‘From Darkness to Light’, held in Salisbury Cathedral starts in complete darkness.  A single candle is lit, and the light spreads throughout the cathedral until hundreds of lights burn brightly illuminating the vastness. These words from the programme set the scene: “The darkness is at one and the same time a comforting […]

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Advent vestry prayer — UK

Bless us this advent Sunday. Thank you for the joy we find spending time with one another as the excitement of Jesus’s birth becomes infectious. Bless us and those taking part in the service and give them courage, peace and strength to overcome any nerves. Let us celebrate this special Sunday together as the family […]

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Las Posadas, Seeking room in the inn — Mexico

Las Posadas, a Mexican Advent tradition stretches from 16 December through Christmas, during which actors depict Mary and Joseph looking for lodging.  They travel throughout the town or city, followed by a procession of  children and other members of the community carrying candles.  A song is traditionally sung at each ‘inn’ along the way. Las Posadas — Jim Burklo, […]

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Blue Christmas Prayer — Fiona Hulbert, UK

Our God, we gather together in the bleak midwinter. Those who have much to thank you for, who rejoice in your goodness, and those who look out on a landscape of broken dreams and hardly dare to hope for Good News. Those whose hearts and homes are full of Christmas joy, and those whose Christmas […]

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T.S. Eliot on waiting,

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready […]

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Advent

What words herald the Advent season? Familiar?  New? Light-hearted?  Reflective? Here are Advent worship resources from around the world to explore and use: Scroll down to find: Complete services, Dramas, Nativities and Christmas Pageants Advent songs, carols & music Advent prayers and worship resources Complete services, Dramas, Nativities and Christmas Pageants: Advent songs, carols & […]

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Angel Intercessions — Ana Gobledale, UK

‘Do not be afraid’ — words of the angels Prayers of Intercession This was originally written for a worship service marking the opening of a week-long Angel Festival. It might be used during Advent, particularly at a Blue Christmas or Longest Night service. The word ‘angel’ is not always popular, or sometimes over-popular!  How can […]

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Advent Devotional — Joanna Hipp, Presbyterians for Earth Care, USA

This beautiful and thoughtful Advent devotional has been shared through the generosity of Presbyterians for Earth Care. Download a PDF copy in full colour: 2018-Advent-Devotional-Presbyterians for Earth Care, USA Presbyterians for Earth Care have created thoughtful and challenging, as well as beautiful, Advent and Lenten devotionals for several years.  Click here to explore their archive […]

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Advent Prayer — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, Colorado USA

Holy God, during this busy season of Advent, We pray for our World. We seek your light in the midst of darkness, Your peace in the midst of violence, Your love in the midst of discord, Your courage in the face of fear, And your wisdom to guide us.   Help us to be messengers […]

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Open Table service – Advent

Open Table Worship  uses inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued   Advent Theme:  Hope: Light in the darkness A complete worship service weaving together scripture, song, reflection & conversation Compiled & written by Ana Gobledale for Open Table This service is designed for a congregation gathered around tables.  It […]

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Hope, Luke 3:5-6 — Kay Lowe-Wendling, USA

Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. — Luke 3: 5-6 Every valley shall be filled: may our low places, our wrong doings of the past, […]

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December prayer of thanks — Loren McGrail, USA

This month I desire to be still and know that You are God! To marvel in the miracle of You becoming flesh! To be continually mindful that You are a Light of revelation to me! That You are alive and active in me! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!    Loren writes a blog.  

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Home, Luke 2:4 — Amelia Dress, USA

Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. — Luke 2:4   We all long to find a real home: the place where our pasts and our futures intersect. As we metaphorically journey […]

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Advent Prayer: God’s Timing — Ted Loder

This Advent prayer would be appropriate for either a Longest Night or Blue Christmas service. God’s Timing O God of all seasons and senses, grant us the sense of your timing to submit gracefully and rejoice quietly in the turn of the seasons. In this season of short days and long nights, of grey and white and […]

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Animal Nativity with knock-knock jokes & talking animals, UK

A Cat, Rat, Mouse and Spider bring the nativity story to life as they meet Mary, the Innkeeper, Shepherds, an Angel and the Magi. Full of knock-knock jokes, carols and talking animals, the Joyful Animals’ Nativity is a delightful Christmas nativity drama ready for you to use.   Download ready-to-print scripts: PDF Joyful Animal Nativity script […]

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Scouts International Peace Light Service

Each Advent season, the Scout International Peace Light travels from Bethlehem around the world. Towns and faith communities hold services for receiving the light and for sending it forth. These resources are for use in a Peace Light Service. Peace Light Prayer May the kindly spirit of Christmas spread its radiance far and wide, So all the […]

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