Advent Service

Blue Christmas / Longest Night

The Christmas season is not always a happy time. The Advent and Christmas seasons can remind us of loved ones or relationships we have lost. The sights and smells of the weeks approaching Christmas, rather than bring joy and delight, can bring sadness and grief. A Blue Christmas service provides an opportunity to address the […]

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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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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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Blue Christmas

The Christmas season is not always a happy time. — Mary Oliver (from Thirst, Beacon Press, Boston, 2006) The Advent and Christmas seasons can remind us of loved ones or relationships we have lost. The sights and smells of the weeks approaching Christmas, rather than bring joy and delight, can bring sadness and grief. A “Blue […]

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Nativity

What makes a Nativity (Christmas Pageant) memorable? Meaningful?  Engaging?  Inclusive?  Fun?     Worship Words dramatic nativity resources (Christmas pageants and dramas):

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Cafe Church, Open Table service — Are Angels still speaking?

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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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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Luke 3:1-6, Drama: Prepare ye the way — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

2nd Sunday of Advent,  Year C Luke 3:1-6 A Whimsical Encounter  — This can serve as the message/sermon. This drama involves two people.  One person starts out as if doing the regular reading of the passage. This might be the worship leader or the Minister, the person designated to “preach.”   The second person arrives […]

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Gabriel’s Greeting, Mary’s monologue — Eleanor Hubbard, USA

Gabriel’s Greeting This dramatic monologue provides a possible perspective of Mary after Gabriel’s visit.   I’m a virgin and I’m pregnant. I’m shunned by my family and friends, and I’m engaged to Joseph, who may divorce me. Then some weird guy, tells me I’m favoured. Really, I can do without these favours, thank you very much.   […]

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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.  Jim Burklo has written new […]

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Season of Giving (in rhyme), for Advent — Jack Ouston, UK

A delightful reminder of the meaning of Advent and Christmas traditions for use in a Sunday morning worship service or a special Advent service. Written for 3-12 readers, with Scrooge-type voices (3, 5, 7 and 9) grumbling about traditions and other voices offering meaning. Easily read by adults without any rehearsal — just distribute a […]

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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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The King’s Christmas, a Christmas Panto — Ana Gobledale, UK

A British Panto never ruins a fairy tale, only makes it better.  So logically, a Nativity Panto (or almost-Panto) won’t ruin the treasured Christmas story, but will only make it better.  That’s the case with… The King’s Christmas: a Modern Medieval Play Script downloads (10 pages): PDF:  Christmas Nativity – The King’s Christmas Panto WORD:  Christmas Nativity – […]

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