Advent

Avent 3 – Lessons & carols

Isaiah 40:1-8 Comfort, comfort my people!    says your God.2 Speak compassionately to Jerusalem,        and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended,    that her penalty has been paid,    that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins! 3 A voice is crying out:“Clear the Lord’s way in the desert!    Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!4 Every…

Advent 2 White Gift – Nothing is impossible: Joy in Connection

Scripture Reading (CEB) Luke 1:24-45 24 Afterward, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant. She kept to herself for five months, saying, 25 “This is the Lord’s doing. He has shown his favor to me by removing my disgrace among other people.” 26 When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, 27 to a…

Advent 1 Hanging of the Greens: How Can I Be Sure – Acknowledging our Weariness

Scripture Reading (CEB) Luke 1:5-23 5 During the rule of King Herod of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron. 6 They were both righteous before God, blameless in their observance of all the Lord’s commandments and regulations. 7 They had no children because…

Advent 4: Lessons & Carols

1st Lesson  The prophet proclaims good news to a people in exile Isaiah 40:1-8 Comfort, O comfort my people,    says your God.2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,    and cry to herthat she has served her term,    that her penalty is paid,that she has received from the Lord’s hand    double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries out:‘In the wilderness prepare the way…

Advent 3: Joy and Children’s Pageant

Reading from W.H. Auden’s For the Time Being THE FIRST SHEPHERDThe winter night requires our constant attention,Watching that water and goodwill,Warmth and well-being, may still be there in the morning. THE SECOND SHEPHERDFor behind the spontaneous joy of lifeThere is always a mechanism to keep going, THE THIRD SHEPHERDAnd someone like us is always there.…

Advent 1: Hanging of the Greens

Readings from the Scriptures (CEB) Matthew 1:1, 16-20a 1 A record of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham: 16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary—of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Christ.  17 So there were fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David to…