Advent 4 – Year B

The angel said to Mary,
“Be not afraid!”
The angel said to the shepherds,
“Be not afraid!”
The angel says to us,
“Be not afraid, for I bring good news of great joy!”
Unto us this day,
unto us each day of our lives –
The Christ-child is born!
Let us sing and celebrate!
Let us worship our God!

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Advent 2 – Year B

1: Listen… do you hear it?
A: hear what?
2: My soul magnifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God, my saviour.”

1: A young woman, singing praise to God!
2: “The Mighty One of Israel has done great things.
Holy is God’s Name.”

1: In this time of waiting,
in this place between conception and new birth,
in this Advent-tide…
can we join in her joy?
Can we sing her song?
A: My soul magnifies Adonai.
My soul magnifies Adonai!
My spirit rejoices in God… my Saviour!

2: Holy is God’s Name!
1: Holy is God’s Name!
A: Holy is God’s Name!
1: In joy, let us worship our God.
a: Alleluia, alleluia, ALLELUIA!

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Advent 1 – Year A

What’s this advent all about?
It’s about waiting.
Waiting for what?
Waiting for the Christ Child.
But wasn’t he born a long time ago?
Yes! But we wait for him to be born again,
in our hearts, in our minds, in our actions.

But how?
When we speak words of peace.
when we live lives of justice.
When we work for hope and joy.
When we worship God.
Then the Christ Child lives in us.

In all of us?
In all of us!
Alleluia!
Alleluia, amen.

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Proper 19 – Year C

One: All things – all people, all plants, all animals,
the rocks themselves –
All: have worth.
One: All things – all people, all plants, all animals,
the stars themselves –
All: are surrounded and supported
by God’s love.

One: Held by that love,
All: even when we feel lost,
we are never alone.

One: Thanks be to the One-Who-Is-With-Us!
All: Praise be to God!

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Proper 13 – Year A

Often we struggle…
with each other,
with ourselves,
and with you.

Sometimes, like Jacob…
the struggle brings us clarity
and closeness to you.

Sometimes, like Peter…
the struggle threatens our lives.
Help us, we pray!
So that we might know
when our faith calls us to struggle,
and when it calls us to simply accept.

We pray for your guidance.
We ask for your wisdom.
In your name.
In Christ’s name.
Amen.

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Proper 7 – Year A

We wander in the wilds, O God.
Sometimes sent by others.
Sometimes sent by ourselves.
Sometimes sent by you.

We wander in the wilds, O God,
and we are afraid.
Afraid that we don’t have the skills.
Afraid that we don’t have the resources.
Afraid that we are all alone.

We wander in the wilds, O God,
and we are afraid…
afraid for our very lives.
Help us, Holy God!
Open our eyes to your Presence!
Open our minds to your Grace!
Open our hearts to your Love!
Help us, Holy God!

As with Sarah and Abraham,
you are our God.
We are your people.
Now and forevermore. Amen.

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Easter 1 – Year A

One: Jesus has died.
Women: Jesus has died. Tears streak our faces.
Men: Jesus has died. Sadness fills our hearts.
Women: Walking to the tomb. He is… gone!
Men: GONE?
One: Jesus has died.
Christ is risen.
All: Christ is risen?
One: Christ is risen!
Women: Christ is risen! Life is made new!
Men: Christ is risen! We are not alone!
All: Christ is risen, indeed!
One: Alleluia!
All: Alleluia!
One: ALLELUIA!
All: ALLELUIA!
One: ALLELUIA, AMEN!
All: ALLELUIA, AMEN!

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Lent 1 – Year A

What is Lent?
Lent is a time for remembering.
Remembering Jesus’ life.
Lent is a time for remembering.
Remembering Jesus’ death.
Lent is a time for remembering.
Remembering our story in Christ’s story.
Lent is a time for remembering.
Today is a day of redirection.
The glimpse of a lit window on a foggy night.
Today is a day of celebration.
Joy in the midst of dust and ashes.
Let us rest our weary feet.
Let us gather at Christ’s table.
Let us prepare ourselves,
that we might continue our Lenten journey.
Let us worship God!

(First printed in “gathering: resources for worship planners” Lent/Easter/Pentecost 2007)

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Advent Candle Lighting Litany

Advent 1 – Waiting
Why are you here?
We’re waiting.
Waiting for what?
Waiting for Christmas!
Waiting for Christmas?!?
Yes!
We’re waiting for the time to celebrate.
We’re waiting for the time to remember.
We’re waiting for the Christ Child to live again.

In your hearts?
In our lives!
We light this candle to give us light on our journey.
We light this candle to help us see the way to Bethlehem.
We light this candle to warm our hearts and our hands while we wait.
And, was we wait… no – with our waiting –

we’ll worship God!
Alleluia

Advent 2 – Watching
Look around you. What do you see?
Candlesticks and hymnbooks. Stained glass and wood.
Excuse me!
Yes?
What about us?
Don’t you see us?

Oh! Yes!
What about God?
Don’t you see God?

God?
Yes… God! Look around you. Look deep.
Look into the eyes of the children.
Look into the hearts of the elders.
Look into the lives of the people in-between.
Don’t you see God?
In our waiting, we watch for God’s presence.
We need to remember that God shows up
in unexpected ways and in unimaginable places.
Waiting and watching.
Waiting and watching and worshiping God!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!

Advent 3 – Wishing
I wish it would be Christmas, right now.
I wish it would be Christmas, RIGHT NOW!
What are you doing?
Wishing.
Wishing? For what?
That Christmas would come – right now!
Right! I’m tired of waiting and watching.
I want to hear the Story and celebrate!
I want to be with my family and drink eggnog.
I want to open presents! So I’m wishing.
He doesn’t understand.
Understand what?
You don’t understand that –
just like a baby takes months before it’s ready to be born –

it takes time for God’s ways to be felt.
It takes time to see Christ’s presence in our hearts.
All the wishing in the world…

won’t make it come any faster.
So wishing doesn’t help?
Wishing helps if it changes you.
If it helps you get ready for Christ’s coming.
And… while you wish – and wait – and watch –
Worship God with us.
Yes.
Yes!
Alleluia!

Advent 4 – Welcoming
If Christ came here, would he be welcome?
Of course!
What if Christ came as a colicky baby… or an angry child?
What if he came as a cynical teenager,
or a disillusioned young adult?

What if he came as a Prophet,
telling us we had lost sight of God?
Would we welcome him then?
Would we welcome him then?
God invites everyone to the manger. Angels.
Shepherds.
Wise ones.
Us.
And “Them”
Everyone is welcome in God’s household.
Everyone needs to be made welcome here.

We light a candle to remind us to make welcome…
all of God’s people.
And, with our welcoming, we worship our God.

Christmas Eve / Christmas Day
It’s done. It’s done!
What’s done?
The waiting, the watching, the wishing, the welcoming.
It’s all done! Christ is born… alleluia!
But, [name of speaker one]… it’s not all done.
It’s not?
No!
Why not?!?
Because if Christmas means anything,
it has to be lived each day of our lives.

The waiting?
And the watching.
The wishing?
And the welcoming.
Christmas is today,
and tomorrow,
and forever.
So, let us worship God,
who invites us to be a Christmas people –
each and every day!

Amen!
Amen!

First printed in “gathering: resources for worship planners” Advent/Christmas/Epiphany 2005-06

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