CATEGORY: Liturgy & Worship – Advent & Christmas

From These Roots: Finding the Herstory in the History

One idea for Advent would be to devote one Sunday to each of these women, to hear their backstories, and to listen for how their stories also shape the theological identity of the one who is born out of this lineage.

Choral Speaking for Advent Readings

This information about choral speaking came from Gerry Hendershot during our October 2016 roundtable on Advent and Christmas planning resources. My contribution to the discussion of Advent planning was “choral speaking” of lectionary readings.  I learned about this liturgical practice in a course at Wesley Seminary in DC taught by Frederika Berger, then a professor […]

A Whisper of Hope

Each month, we post a series of blogs around a common topic. This fall we’ve asked a number of leaders to respond to the question, “What is saving your ministry right now?” We invite you to join the conversation here, on Facebook, or Twitter! By Lori Raible What is saving my ministry right now? Under the veneer of the […]

Greatest Hit: Advent Worship Planning and Sermon Themes

This fall, in addition to sharing reflections on “what is saving your ministry right now?”, we are also bringing back some of our most popular posts over the last couple of years. We hope these “greatest hits” will allow you new insight in this busy time of year. We invite you to join the conversation here, on Facebook, or Twitter! […]

Advent: Worship Planning and Sermon Themes

Starting from scratch this Advent? Mark Davis put together this presentation to help guide worship planners to develop themes for Advent. Here’s a sneak peek of the process Need some theme suggestions that are little more concrete? LeAnn Hodges connected Advent to adaptive leadership for a sermon series: “Living in a Time of Adaptive Challenges” […]

Advent Devotions

Here are some devotionals recommended by our Church Leader’s Roundtable for personal and congregational use! Dietrich Bonhoeffer: God is in the Manger Borg and Crossan: The First Christmas Robert Dunham: Expecting God’s Surprises Ashley-Ann Masters: Holding Hope Presbyterians Today: Decluttering for Christmas

Multi-Media Resources for Advent

Looking for media to complement your Advent worship services? Here are some resources for videos, pageant scripts, storytelling, and sanctuary decor! VIDEO Some adorably hipster children from Auckland, NZ tell the Christmas story. Sermon Spice, while leaning towards the evangelical end of the spectrum, offers affordable intro pieces. PAGEANTS Here’s one impromptu pageant… And here’s […]