Second Sunday of Advent

December 6, 2020

The second Sunday in Advent often has a focus on Peace.  For resources to help individuals, families, and worship planners get ready for Christmas, visit Advent Unwrapped.

Worship Ideas
PDF icon Advent Candlelighting Liturgies: Who Do You Say Jesus Is?
Advent Unwrapped liturgies, based on the names for Jesus, to accompany lighting the Advent candles.
File Advent Communion Liturgy
All who seek to be nourished and sustained are welcome here.
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 Hidden in Plain Sight: White Gift Sunday
An opportunity for people of all ages to contribute.
PDF icon In the Rich Dark of Winter: An Advent Communion Service
Using expansive scriptural imagery, the theme of this Advent Unwrapped service is anticipating God’s fulfilled promise of the renewal of all things.
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.
PDF icon Activity Sheet: Names for Jesus
An Advent Unwrapped activity for people looking for new ways to pray.
File Bethlehem Prayer
A Christmas prayer for peace in Bethlehem by former United Church Moderator David Giuliano.
PDF icon Body Prayers
An Advent Unwrapped “action prayer” for each week of the Advent/Christmas season.
PDF icon Family Prayers and Blessings
An Advent Unwrapped resource of traditional prayers and creative blessings.

An Advent prayer

An Advent prayer.

PDF icon Watching and Waiting: A Daily Vigil Based on the O Antiphons
Follow the ancient tradition of praying the “O Antiphons,” familiar from the carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” using this Advent Unwrapped resource. You can set aside nightly family prayer time for the last week of Advent or adapt this ritual in another way.
PDF icon Advent Prayer Song (SAB) (Nancy Chegus)
Short SAB piece (a cappella, optional piano) suitable for worship during Advent. Please credit the composer.
PDF icon Alleluia (SATB) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
Short SATB piece (a cappella, optional piano) suitable for worship during Advent or other times during the worship year. Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
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 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.
PDF icon These Gifts We Bring (SATB) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
A short piece to follow the offering. Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
PDF icon When You Go from This Place (SSA / SAT) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
Short SAA (or SAT) piece with piano accompaniment suitable as a benediction during Advent or other times during the worship year. Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
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: Resources for Worship Planners |
Gathering is a worship planning magazine for ministers and lay leaders, music directors, and United Church 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
File Moderator's Advent Message 2019
In his Advent video message, Moderator Richard Bott reminds us that Advent is a time to pull out some things about your faith that are dear to you and see them in the light of our life here and now.
File Moderator's Advent Message 2019: Transcript
Transcript of Moderator Richard Bott's Advent 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."
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.
PDF icon The Good News of Joy to the World
A five-session Advent Unwrapped Bible study on the Gospel of Luke by the Rev. Dr. Peggy Mulambya-Kabonde of The United Church of Zambia.
PDF icon The Good News Story
Four Advent Unwrapped Sunday school session outlines.
Our gifts for Mission & Service support programs that offer a way for young adults to discern what God is calling them to.
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