3rd Sunday of Advent

December 16, 2018

The third Sunday in Advent often has a focus on Joy.  Because it is closest to the longest night (December 21) of the year, and the start of the Great Antiphons (December 17), there are many opportunities for worship this week.  For additional creative resources, visit  Advent Unwrapped.

Worship Ideas
File A Blue Christmas (bilingual)
A bilingual Blue Christmas service – Quand Noël, c’est pas un cadeau
File Advent Communion Liturgy
All who seek to be nourished and sustained are welcome here.
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 Gathering Lectionary for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany 2018–19, December 2, 2018–March 3, 2019
Includes suggested readings, hymns, worship spark, children's time idea, sermon starter, etc...
File Hidden in Plain Sight: White Gift Sunday
An opportunity for people of all ages to contribute.
File Loss, Healing, and Hope: A "Blue Christmas" Service
Gather in honesty about grief, hear the consolation of God’s presence and love, and depart with the joy that comes from memory and a sense of shared peace.
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.
Prayers

An Advent prayer.

A prayer calling us to meet the Christ-child and change the world this Advent season, by Moderator Richard Bott.

Music
PDF icon As the Wind Blows (SA Anthem) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
“As the wind blows, as the seed grows, lifts its harvest to the sun…” Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
PDF icon Candle Burning (SATB Anthem) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
“We each are born with a candle burning. This is the flame that lights the way.” Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
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 We Light This Candle (SATB) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
A piece for use during candle lighting for the four weeks of Advent. Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
Minute for Mission
Our gifts for Mission & Service help serve both the physical and spiritual needs of inner-city’s most needy.
Extras
File Drama: A Shoebox Filled with…
A short Advent skit about giving to Gifts with Vision and Mission & Service.
File Gathering Magazine | UCRDstore
A United Church worship planning magazine for ministers and lay leaders, music directors, and worship committees.
File Moderator's Advent Message 2018
This Advent, Moderator Richard Bott invites us to reflect and realign our lives with Christ's calling for us...
File Moderator's Advent Message 2018: Transcript
Transcript of Moderator Richard Bott's Advent Message 2018...
Worship Blog
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