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  • 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.

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  • 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    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.


    Stephen Larson

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