Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas Eve C

















Bible Readings: Psalm 130, Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9; 2,6 and 7, Titus 2:11-14

About the images:
Upper Left: This is my photo onto which I placed text. Please feel free to use it. The photo was taken in Aswan, Upper Egypt and is of an ancient desert light house used to guide travelling caravans in from the desert safely towards the town. Please feel free to use the image for worship and related activities.
Upper Right: My photo, my taper, my hands. Please feel free to use the image for worship and related activities. :-)
Middle Left: God is born into the discord of the world.  This is my image taken near Jericho a few years ago. Please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Middle Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers last year. At present it is possible to buy these images for a mere US10 cents an image however this particular one is free on the site this week.  Subscribe while this special price is being offered. Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com.
Lower Left: A free Microsoft clipart with words from the Roddy Hamilton Meditation below.  

Listening Song: Held 
By Natalie Grant on her album Awaken or on WOW 2007 (pictured at left). 

Listening Song: Silent Night
Play a version of Silent
Night (any nice contemplative version works well) over a news broadcast from this week (thanks for this idea, Robyn Hodge). 

 
Bible Reading: Isaiah
Read the Isaiah reading over the track Adeimus from the album Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary (pictured at right)
. Have the church in semi darkness and also bring in the elements for the service - candle, Bible, bread, wine, and appropriate coloured lengths of material - whilst the music is playing. The piece goes for four minutes so I finished with some images and the words of Robbie Hamilton's The Waiting. These words can be found at Robbie's Mucky Paws site (see my links column at upper left) archived under December 2007. There is some other really good stuff there as well.

For Kids: The First Christmas
By Jan Pienkowski, Puffin, 2006, ISBN 100141382746 (pictured at right). 

For Kids: Jesus' Christmas Party
by Nicholas Allan, Red Fox, 1991, ISBN 9780099725916 (pictured at right). This little book, which costs almost nothing, is one of the nicest around - it is a delight!  Whether you think there was an inn keeper or not, for the sake of this little story, you kind of want there to be one :)

Book: The Nativity Story
By Stephanie Voiland (Ed.), Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Illinois, 2006, ISBN 9781414314631 Pictured at left) .  This is a book of stills from the film with New Living Translation scripture - beautiful!

Film Clip: Birth Giver
From the excellent Work of the People site - see my link column at left


   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Prayer: When the World Was Dark
Found in Cloth For the Cradle by The Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose Publications, 1997, ISBN 1901557014, page 92 (pictured at right)

Prayer of Confession: We Suspect Angels
Found in Cloth from the Cradle (as above), page 51

Drama: Angel Space
Found in Lightning Sketches by Paul Burbridge and Murray Wells, Hodder and Stoughton, 1981, ISBN 0340267100
, page 28 (pictured at left) .

Meditation: A Story of Light and Darkness
Found in Cloth for the Cradle (as above) page 32

Meditation: Hidden Journeys of the Nativity
By Linda Wright in Hay and Stardust by Ruth Burgess, Wild Goose Publications, 2005 ISBN 0905010001, page 88ff .

Meditation: Waiting
By Roddy Hamilton on his Muck Paws site - see my link column at left. 

Poem: Simeon's Farewell
Found in Outback Christmas
by Pro Hart and Norman Habel, Lutheran Publishing House, 1990, ISBN 0859105628, page 32

Candle Lighting and Offering at 12 midnight:
Works as follows:
Our offering tonight is for......fill in the blanks but not your own church - someone else instead. Please come forward and place your offering in the bowl provided and take a taper. If you have not brought anything with you, don't worry, just come and take a taper. Form a large circle around the church instead of returning to your seat. (This can be done with just about any number of people). Jesus said "I am the light of the world". (Light the Christ candle, light your taper off the Christ candle and light the tapers of the people on each side of you. Encourage them to light the taper of the person next to them and so on). As Jesus' light spreads amongst us, we pray that God's love will be in everyone's hearts tonight and always.

Benediction: Candles in the Night
By Terry Falla in Be Our Freedom, Lord, Lutheran Publishing House, Adelaide, 1981, ISBN 0859101754.


Also:

Meditation: Quiet Remembering
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 16.

Poem/Meditation: Christmas Characters
By Ruth Burgess in Dandelions and Thistles: Biblical Meditations from the Iona Community by Jan Sutch Pickard (ed.) Wild Goose Publications, 1999, ISBN 1901557146, page 39 (pictured at left). This goes well with the Luke reading for Christmas Eve ABC and Christmas Day ABC.

Poem/Meditation: Sightings
By Ruth Burgess in Dandelions and Thistles: Biblical Meditations from the Iona Community by Jan Sutch Pickard (ed.) Wild Goose Publications, 1999, ISBN 1901557146, page 44 (pictured at left). This goes well with Christmas Day and Christmas Eve ABC.


Blue Christmas C: For those who find Christmas to be a hard time i their lives.












Bible Readings: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Luke 2:1-7, Romans 8

About the Images:
Upper Left: This is a  free microsoft clipart image over which I put one line of the Kasey Chambers song: I Still Cry for Baby Jesus
Upper Right: This is my photo and I have permission from the subject to use her image - please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Middle Left: This is a slide from the excellent revamped Church Galleries site - see my link column at left.
Middle Right: This is a slide from the Heartlight site - see my link column at left.
Lower Left:  This is a free creative commons image with copyright attached. 

Gathering Music: Shepherd Moons
by Enya on her album, Paint the Sky With Stars, 1997 (pictured at left). I just let this play with a welcome slide - nothing fancy.

Listening Song: I Still Cry For Baby Jesus
by Kasey Chambers on her album, Ba
rricades and Brick Walls, 2001 (pictured at right). I usually match images with this piece of music.

Response Activity:
Ask people to light a candle (tea lights or tapers work best) in memory of a loved one or a sad situation in their lives or in the lives of those they may know.

Leaving Listening Song: Vespers
by Aled Jones on his album, Aled
, 2002 (pictured at left). I usually put images with this piece of music and the words in English.  

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Advent 4 C (December 23): Expect the Unexpected


































Bible Readings: Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:47-55,or Psalm 80:107, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55).

About the images:
Upper Left:
This image comes from http://www.cruzblanca.org/hermanoleon/ which is an excellent free clipart site (there is a link at left) and the text is mine. Please feel free to use this image - don't forget to acknowledge the clipart site. 
Upper Right: This photo of surprised little eyes is mine so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Middle Left: This image is of the arch in the old wall of Bethlehem which Mary and Joseph probably entered the town through. The image is mine so please feel free to use for worship and related activities.
Middle Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers. Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com. 
Lower Left: This is a free image from the Hemano Leon site - see my link column at left. 


Listening Song: A Strange Way to Save the World
By 4Him on their album The Season of Love (pictured at right) or on the WOW Christmas album. This is a Christmas song from Joseph's perspective. It is a rarer take than most on the Christmas story and all the more important because of that.  Make sure people hear or see the words clearly.


Kid's Story: One Little Angel
By Ruth Brown, Red Fox, 1998, ISBN 0099404362 (pictured at left). This is a delightful Christmas story with an unexpected ending.

Kid's Story: email: Jesus@Bethlehem
By Hilary Robinson and Anthony Lewis, MacDonald Young Books, 1999, ISBN 075002688X (pictured at right).This is an unexpected take on the Christmas story.

Film Clip: O Little Town of Bethlehem: Bethlehem Bible College Choir








Drama: Mary and Lizzie
Found in Cloth for the Cradle by The Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose Publications, 1997, ISBN 190557014, page 48ff (pictured at left).This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Introduction to Sermon/Adult Input: What am I?
Read one sentence at a time until somebody in the congregation guesses the answer; then link it with the idea of a key being small and insignificant to look at but able to do great things just as the people in the Christmas story were average pretty insignificant human beings but with God they were able to do great things.
I am usually quite small?
I can fit in the palm of your hand.
With my help people can literally move mountains.
I am seldom alone - usually I am found with others of my kind.
I can encourage great power from dormancy.
When I am lost, chaos and panic erupts.
I am often made of metal but these days i am also likely to have plastic and electronic components.
I can prevent or allow people to pass from one place to another.
I fit specifically into certain places.
I am often part of a security system.
I am a key.





Poem: The Joy of Elizabeth
Found in Outback Christmas by Pro Hart and Norman Habel, Lutheran Publishing house, 1990, ISBN 0859105628, page 16 (pictured at right).

Meditation: The Magnificat
Found in Cloth for the Cradle (as above), page 45.

Meditation: I Sang For Him
Found in Present on Earth by Wild Goose Worship Group. Wild Goose Publications, 2002, ISBN 0901557642, page 78 (pictured at left). This too is based on the gospel reading.

Response Activity: Cloth For the Cradle
Found in Cloth For the Cradle (as above), page 74.

Response Activity: The Promise
List all the promises out of Mary's song and ask people to choose the one which gives them the most hope and to share that hope with someone sitting near them.

Also:


Meditation: Bread
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 80 (pictured at right). This goes well with the gospel reading.



Taize Service: Sing Out My Soul

Found in Worship Feast by Taize, Abingdon Press, 2004, page 32 (pictured at left). This is based on the Luke reading.