Christmas

December 25, 2019

Christmas is one of the holiest days of the Christian year. It begins a 12-day celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. For additional creative resources on the Christmas story, visit  Advent Unwrapped.

Worship Ideas
File Gathering Lectionary for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, December 1, 2019–February 3, 2020
Includes suggested readings, hymns, worship spark, children's time idea, sermon starter, etc.....
File Hanging the Greens
An Advent Unwrapped service to prepare church buildings and sanctuaries to be symbols of preparing ourselves for the birth and rebirth of Jesus.
File In Story and Song: Intergenerational Christmas Service
A family-oriented worship service offered as part of the Advent Unwrapped resources.
PDF icon This Most Wondrous of Nights: A Christmas Eve Communion Service
An Advent Unwrapped communion service built around the carol "In the Bleak Midwinter" (VU 55)...
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

Throughout these days, may ministry personnel feel your graceful presence.

PDF icon Activity Sheet: Names for Jesus
An Advent Unwrapped activity for people looking for new ways to pray.
PDF icon Body Prayers
An Advent Unwrapped “action prayer” for each week of the Advent/Christmas season.

A prayer/song that can be sung to the tune of "Une Jeune Pucelle" (or "'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime"), by Moderator Richard Bott.

PDF icon The Hours of Christmas Day
A devotional practice to keep individuals and families together in spirit, from The Prayer Bench.

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

A Christmas prayer.

Music
PDF icon Sing Now Gloria (Unison) (Terry Macham)
Unison song suitable for worship during Advent. Lead sheet with melody, lyrics, and chord symbols. Text in English and Latin. Please credit the composer.
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.
Related Material
PDF icon Advent Calendar 2019: Get Ready for Christmas!
Hang this Advent Unwrapped calendar on your fridge and use a magnet to count down the days! Light a candle every Sunday.
PDF icon Advent Intercultural Hymn Festival
These songs with accompanying commentary can be combined with seasonal prayers and scripture readings to create an Advent hymn festival. Please credit Bruce Harding for this resource and the music arrangements.
PDF icon Buy Less Shopping Guide
An Advent Unwrapped shopping guide for all ages for a Buy Less Christmas.
PDF icon Colouring Storybook
Actively explore the story of Christmas using this 16-page Advent Unwrapped colouring book.
File Gathering Magazine | UCRDstore
A United Church worship planning magazine for ministers and lay leaders, music directors, and worship committees.
File Moderator's Christmas Message 2019
In his Christmas video message, Moderator Richard Bott highlights the two narratives of the birth of Jesus from Matthew and Luke.
File Moderator's Christmas Message 2019: Transcript
Transcript of Moderator Richard Bott's Christmas Message 2019...
PDF icon O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
A one-rehearsal Advent Unwrapped pageant with the message "God is with us! We are not alone."...
File Sharing the News
A light-hearted Advent Unwrapped Christmas pageant by the Rev. Andy O'Neill...
PDF icon Story and Activity Cards
Meet the characters of the Christmas story, from Isaiah to the Holy Family, through these Advent Unwrapped cards. Includes activities for all ages.