Advent wreath candle lighting 4C

Lighting of the Advent Candle As we near the winter solstice, the final days of Advent align with the longest nights of the year. Darkness lingers late into morning hours and extends its gloomy reach into ever shorter afternoons. We find ways to push back the darkness–our neighborhoods become highways of light, as neighbors bedazzle…

Advent 3C worship pieces

CALL TO WORSHIP Sing out your joy, people of Advent–the day of salvation draws near. Who us? Sing? Dance, children of God, kick your heels together–joy returns. Dance? We don’t dance. Put on your dancing shoes; move with the beat. Join in the chorus, off key or perfect harmony. Rejoice for Emmanuel is here. We…

Advent 2C worship pieces

CALL TO WORSHIP In the midst of violence and terror, we come seeking the presence of the Sacred. Surrounded by voices stoking panic and mistrust, we wait, listening for your Word for us. In confidence we will cast aside all fear, for the Holy One is at work in us, creating us for love and…

In the days of Advent–Standing on the Threshold

sermon begins with video clip of Lucy entering Narnia from the back of the wardrobe from “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, 2005, Walt Disney Pictures. I have always thought having a child in one’s life was great cover, a marvelous excuse to indulge in stories & music, art & play. With a child…