1st Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2018

Advent, starting four weeks before Christmas, begins the church year. The first Sunday in Advent  focuses on Hope.

Worship Ideas
File A Blue Christmas (bilingual)
A bilingual Blue Christmas service – Quand Noël, c’est pas un cadeau
PDF icon Advent for All Ages
These Advent reflections can be used during worship for children's time or at home by families. Originally published in the November 2012 issue of Mandate...
PDF icon Advent for All Ages
These Advent reflections can be used during worship for children’s time or at home by families. Originally published in the November 2012 issue of Mandate.
File Gathering Lectionary for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany 2017–18, December 3, 2017–February 11, 2018
Includes suggested readings, hymns, worship spark, children's time idea, sermon starter, etc...
File Worship Ways (United Church of Christ)
The United Church of Christ, our partner denomination in the United States, posts weekly worship services; search by liturgical season.
Minute for Mission
Our gifts for Mission & Service support microcredit programs.
Extras
PDF icon Acknowledging the Territory in Worship
A brief guide to help congregations and bodies of the church incorporate an Acknowledgement of Territory into their gatherings.
PDF icon Advent Peace Box Resources 2017
Worship and study materials for your congregation’s Advent journey.
File Advent Unwrapped
Visit the website to unwrap the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, Love, and Christmas through our daily blog posts and prayers.
File Drama: A Shoebox Filled with…
A short Advent skit about giving to Gifts with Vision and Mission & Service.
PDF icon HIV and AIDS: Stories of Partners’ Work
United Church partners are actively working at “getting to zero”—zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths—in their own communities.
File Moderator's Advent Message 2017
Moderator Jordan Cantwell reminds us that, in an uncertain and often tumultuous world, God is always present. We need only look closely to see the beauty of what is right in front of us.
File Moderator's Advent Message 2017: Transcript
Transcript of Moderator Jordan's Cantwell's Advent 2017 video message, God's Light Shines Through...
File Songs from Many Cultures for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
Hymns in Voices United, More Voices, and Nos Voix unies that offer in many languages and diverse origins.
PDF icon Three Ways to Enrich Your Advent
A flyer highlighting United Church Advent offerings.
Worship Blog
Our ingrained notions of black/white and darkness/light as inherently good and evil can guide how we treat each other.