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Epiphany Worship Resources

May your light shine in us and through us

Words such as light and shine turn our thoughts to Epiphany.   The following resources for the Season after Epiphany use light as their central focus.

Where Two or Three are Gathered:  Worship Resources for Small Assemblies – Epiphany Year C

This latest offering from the Program Committee for Worship or the ELCIC offers worship suggestions for both services with Holy Communion and for Service of the Word, using Evangelical Lutheran Worship as the primary resource.  Many of the ideas can be adapted to larger assembly gatherings as well.  Thank you to Lorraine Reinhardt, BC Synod, for preparing this resource.

You will find the resource on the ELCIC worship site:  worship.ca

 

Kairos  has produced a new Epiphany resource – Light of a Star

The season of Epiphany is full of wonderful stories and psalms and even laws that help us learn about Jesus. The first story tells us about the Wise Ones who knew the world needed God’s love. They found Jesus, the Light of the World, under the star. The journey of the Wise Ones and the machinations of a despot king make us think of those who are on the move because of injustice, seeking shelter, seeking work, seeking a better life. Migrant workers are ever hopeful when they land on Canadian soil. Can we nurture communities that embrace these seekers? We find wisdom in the stories of the Israelites coming together after Babylonian exile and the Corinthians striving to be a community despite insurmountable differences.

 

Wondering if it’s appropriation to use the Huron Carol?

Have you ever wondered whether or not it is appropriate

for us to use the Huron Carol in our worship?  Deacon Scott Knarr has provided this background to this song.  Thank you Scott for sharing the following with us.

The Huron Carol

This beloved Christmas carol is widely respected and honoured from the far North to Six Nations of the Grand River. Many Indigenous Nations have adopted it as their own song.  The tune is a French folk song and the original words are attributed to Jesuit missionary St. Jean de Brebeuf.

This is not cultural appropriation (as we would usually define that reality) because the European melody was given words by a Jesuit missionary and then adopted by the Huron Nation and subsequently in our time has been shared with many Indigenous people across Canada.  I think it is indeed a helpful expression of respecting Indigenous culture and blending with European newcomers dating back to 1642.

This amazing adaptation of the text and song is joint Metis, Haudenosaunee and Inuit collaboration (none of them Huron!).

An Aboriginal Carol

Advent II

Back in the beginning of November, I posted Advent

resources, promising more the following week.  My preparations did not go as planned, but people have forwarded some excellent resources over the last few weeks, so I wanted to share them with you.  Three of the following are updated daily, so there is still time to prepare and wait, anticipate and pray, worship and reflect during these last few days of Advent.  Blessings to you during this Advent season as we look to the child who changes our world.

Advent Conspiracy – Rev. Anne Anderson shared this resource that is being used with some tweeks by the Thirdspace community during the Advent.  Advent Conspiracy was founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly, beautifully, and generously.  Advent is the story of a wondrous moment when God entered our world to make things right.  It is the greatest story ever told and it changes everything – including the way we celebrate Christmas.  Worship Fully – Spend Less – Give More – Love All.

 

Hymns of Advent – Rev. Stephen Larson shared this wonderful resource from Lutheran World Federation.  An Advent Calendar of Hymns.

During this Advent season, LWF member churches are sharing hymns from their congregations to show how the Lutheran communion regions prepare for Christ’s coming into this world.  We want to use this period to reflect on and celebrate the diversity, uniqueness and oneness of God’s gifts to us.

 

AdventWord  – You can follow AdventWord on Facebook and Twitter and help create a global Advent Calendar.  Each day there is a new word and image.  You are encouraged to reflect, write and post.

 

Faith in the Night – Lutherans Connect Advent Devotion

From the time of his birth through the agony at Gethsemane, some of the most significant moments in Jesus’ life happen at night. Taking our inspiration from the Luke accounts of the nativity of Jesus. This Advent, we will explore the experience of biblical figures who are visited by God or request God’s presence, find escapes and safety from grave and danger, or are simply in a place of unknowing waiting – at night. In addition, we will explore contemporary stories of those who wait in darkness for hope and change. How can we experience darkness as an aspect of God? How does God work with us in the dark passages of our own lives to prepare us for transformative change? And to help effect change in the lives of the church? Join us daily from December 2nd to December 25th as we reflect together and anticipate a dawn of hope.”

 

Advent – Seasonal Resources 1

One month until Advent 1!

This is part 1 of 2, listing a variety of online resources that pertain to worship during the Season of Advent.  If you have other resources that you would like to share, please forward to me for inclusion in Part 2, which will be posted next week.

Today, we also include a link for planning the Christmas pageant – as the planning happens now, and in many of our communities, the pageant takes place during the season of Advent.

Webinar:  Rebooting Advent – Preparing Hearts

In this webinar we focus on what churches and formation leaders can do during Advent, sharing ideas and tips for how to meet your congregation where they are and journey with them. We talk big picture thinking and then move to practical ideas for Advent programs and events.

At the same link, you will find a list of resources on topics such as:  Advent Theology and Themes (Planning), Households and Congregations, Advent Wreaths and Children’s Books.

Where Two or Three are Gathered:  Worship for Small Assemblies

In this latest offering from the Program Committee for Worship of the ELCIC, Saskatchewan representative, Rev. Sean Bell, highlights that the four Sundays of Advent take us on a journey:

Dec. 2: Luke’s Gospel calls us to ‘be on guard’ and ‘be alert at all times’.
Dec. 9 We meet John the Baptist… the one who points… the one who shows the way.

Dec. 16 John calls us to hope.
Dec. 23 Mary sings her song of love, and it’s revolutionary.

Christmas Pageant Ideas, Tips, and Scripts

Building Faith has compiled a number of different scripts and helps for all sizes of churches.  Enjoy finding the one that fits your needs.

Remembrance Day Conversations

A few weeks ago, a number of reflections and resources

on the topic of Remembrance Day were posted on this blog site. In response, the following email was received.  This personal reflection helps us to see Remembrance Day from yet another perspective.  Thank you, Rev. Stephen Larson for sharing your story and the link to the “The War Prayer” by Mark Twain.

Stephen writes:

Let me suggest another resource for Remembrance Day — although one that is probably more useful in an adult or youth education or retreat setting. Although I have used it as a three person reading as a homily in campus ministry and Lutheran Church of Geneva (Switzerland) worship settings.  It’s entitled “The War Prayer” and was written by Mark Twain around 1905, as an anti-war parable.  The published copy I have of it explains that Twain felt it was so controversial, however, that he directed it not to be published until after his death.

The text may be found at  http://www.people.vcu.edu/~toggel/prayer.pdf    The short story is set in the context of a church worship service in a country patriotically headed to war.  It’s very strong.

Back in my seminary days in the States, during the Vietnam War, Twain’s “The War Prayer” was a helpful resource for me on my faith journey to declaring myself a conscientious objector to war.

Peace,

Stephen Larson