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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.
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!).continue reading
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.”