1st Sunday of Advent

December 3, 2017

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
File Advent Calls to Worship, and a Letter to Mary
Some of the “best loved” material of earlier Advent/Christmas/Epiphany issues of Gathering.
File Advent Candle Lighting Liturgy Lifts Up Mission and Service Projects
Liturgies for Advent and White Gift Sunday that incorporate and Mission & Service story.
File Advent Candlelighting
Some of the “best loved” material of earlier Advent/Christmas/Epiphany issues of Gathering.
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 Advent Service: The Gifts of the Four Directions
Some of the “best loved” material of earlier Advent/Christmas/Epiphany issues of Gathering.
PDF icon Christmas Play Song for White Gift Service
Music for a Christmas play or White Gift Day drama.
PDF icon Mission and Service Candle-Lighting Services for Worship and Home
Advent candle-lighting services for worship and home that incorporate Mission & Service.
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.
File Advent 2016 message from Moderator Jordan Cantwell
Moderator Jordan Cantwell invites you to look for where God is entering the world this year, and what kinds of unlikely heroes might yet emerge.
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 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.
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