Advent 2B

Busy-ness Advent Prayer — Tod Gobledale, UK

Isaiah 40:1-11 Mark 1:1-8 God, in the busy-ness of this season, help us remember the wilderness where your people meet you over and over again. We remember how even Jesus, busy teaching, healing and seeking justice, even Jesus took time out for re-freshment, re-newal and re-creation, retreating to draw closer to you. As we remember […]

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Down to the river, Advent Drama — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

Mark 1:1-8 Let us look back in time about 2000 years and join a mother working in her kitchen, preparing for the Chanukah holidays.  She worries about her nineteen year old daughter who disappeared leaving chores undone.  Let’s listen in. Mum:         That girl! She knows there is work to be done: floors to sweep, water […]

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Advent affirmation — Bronwyn White, Aotearoa New Zealand

You can make this a litany with the responses in bold italics, and substitute the indigenous, Māori language words with the English translations in square brackets—although you might appreciate the explanation of these concepts in the footnotes. By faith, Mary let go of fear, and engendered a mothering God. This faith may lead us through […]

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Carol, A desert voice rings out — Duncan Wilson, UK

Written for Advent (Third Sunday of Advent Year A; Second Sunday of Advent Year B) Tune:  Cecilia (6.6.6.6)  A desert voice rings out to bring the faithful near; a voice that’s firm and strong, a call that’s loud and clear. A voice that rings with truth reminds us how we fall but lifts us up […]

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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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Teenage Mary calls home, an Advent monologue — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

Title: I have good news…and bad news… Readings:  Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:39-55 This dramatic monologue, a phone conversation between pregnant teenage Mary and her Mum, was originally written as the sermon accompanying the lighting of the Advent Candle of Love.  It can be used effectively anytime during Advent. Notes: Mary pauses throughout the conversation when […]

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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: Advent prayers and worship resources Advent songs, carols & music Complete services, Dramas, Nativities and Christmas Pageants Advent prayers and worship resources: Advent songs, carols & music: Complete […]

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Cafe Church, Open Table service – Advent

This ready-to-use Café Church worship service weaves together scripture, drama, reflection, conversation & communion.  It has been designed for worship around tables, but is easily adaptable to a more traditional setting. This service includes everything you need — an Order of Service to handout, leader script sheets, reader printouts, song suggestions, a list of supplies, […]

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Advent/Christmas Prayer of Approach — Cara Heafey, UK

This morning we have come to tell again The story of angels and shepherds Of disbelieving fathers and unlikely mothers This morning we have come to hear again The good, good news Of love born among us Of God here with us This morning we prepare to receive the gift Of a child born in […]

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