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Advent Wreath for Longest Night

Lighting the Advent Wreath (responsive) We look around us and feel so sad, worthless, and discouraged. And you remain with us. [light first candle] We look around and see unspeakable violence, terrorism and hatred. And you see who humanity can become. [light

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Longest Night (Blue Christmas) Liturgy

Prelude Balm in Gilead, instrumental Prayer of Invocation Holy One, Why must this time of year feel so melancholy? Why when everyone else is joyous, do we miss those we’ve lost or those who are far away? Why is the

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Loving Faithfulness

Lighting the Advent Wreath/Call to Worship Young and unmarried she would became pregnant. Fear would be normal. Mary chose loving faithfulness. Old and married she had not become pregnant. Despair would have been normal. Elizabeth chose loving faithfulness. Both younger

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Posted in Advent, Advent Candle of Love, Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 1, Luke 1:26-45, New Testament

Joy in the Midst of Incomplete Hope

*Call to Worship/Lighting of Wreath Speaking as hope, though incomplete, began to feel tangible… the prophet speaks. Speaking into the time when the people were no longer exiled… but the struggles were still real. Isaiah outlines God’s vision for God’s

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“Return!”

*Call to Worship/Lighting of Wreath (Peace) Long ago, when the people had turned to idols and demagogues for answers… God sent a prophet. “Return!” calls the Lord. When evil and sin ruled the day, when the people had forgotten God’s covenant

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Hopeful Commitment

An Offering Invitation: Beginning our story of faith anew, we look toward love incarnate. The human Jesus will feel all the same feelings that we feel, that is, of course what incarnation means. The baby Jesus, felt hunger crying out

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Worshiping in Hope

*Call to Worship/Litany for Lighting the Advent Candle of Hope In a time when hope was veiled beneath laws prohibiting prayer… Daniel worshiped the God of extravagant love. In a time when the price of hope was to be thrown

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