Advent, a four-week time of preparation before Christmas, begins the church year.  The first Sunday in Advent often has a focus on Hope.

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year, or the Sunday closest to it. 

Communities around the world remember those we have lost to the disease, and stand in solidarity with people who are affected by HIV and AIDS. 

Advent 1 Bulletin

Shining Waters Regional Council Prayer Cycle:

Today we pray for Mount Albert United Church, Heart Lake United Church, Brampton, Heritage United Church, Washago, and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto.

Advent Message from Moderator Richard Bott:

In his Advent video message, Moderator Richard Bott reminds us that our Advent preparations might help the light of Christ’s love to shine in the night’s sky.

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Prayers:

Help Us to Be Brave: An Advent prayer

Advent Unwrapped:

Family Prayers and Blessings:

A resource of traditional prayers and creative blessings

Christmas Gift Books:

Books about faith and Christmas to give to children and grandchildren, selected by the Rev. Susan Lukey.

An Advent Mix-tape made with love:

This playlist is meant to be enjoyed slowly throughout the season. The mix-tape starts with a reminder of our longing for something more. Join the listening party on Facebook throughout Advent for reflections, Bible verses, and discussion questions on these songs. Don’t forget to share some of your mixtapes with us (remembering sharing means caring).

Minute for Mission: Hope Comes in a Syringe

On Hope Sunday with Giving Tuesday around the corner, it’s a good time to remind folks that for many people these days, hope comes in a syringe. And Giving Tuesday is a good time to share it.

Painting Advent

This is a mini-movie we created for our first week of advent. We were looking for a creative idea to incorporate the themes of love, joy, hope, and peace into our worship service so we decided to do a painting for each week.

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Arts & Faith

Prepare for Christmas and deepen your experience of the Advent season this year with Arts & Faith: Advent. Each week we’ll provide a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of hope and preparation through the lens of sacred art.

Advent 1 - Hope

Images used in worship video...

Bulletin Cover – Anne Nygard - Unsplash

People Look East – Paul JS - Unsplash

All Earth is Waiting – Ciprian Pardau – Unsplash

Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending - Lightscape - Unsplash  

Hope Is A Star - landscape.jpg

Hope Shines As A Solitary Star - Markus-Spitske - Unsplash

The hymn recordings today are from… 

YouTube.

People Look East – Marty Haugen. December 25, 2010. Reprinted and podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257. 

All Earth is Waiting – Pacific Spirit United Church. Christina Cichos, Bryn Nixon, piano and instrumentation. December 5, 2020. Reprinted and podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.

Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending  - All Saints Church Oystermouth Swansea, Rob Charles, Organist. December 1, 2009. Reprinted and podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.

Hope is a Star – Aurora United Church Chancel Choir. November 21, 2021. Reprinted and podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.

Hope Shines as a Solitary Star – Aurora United Church Chancel Choir. November 21, 2021. Reprinted and podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.

Advent for Kids (Buttercupsicle). November 21, 2021.

In the Bleak Midwinter (Kevin McChesney). Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074.

Come Emmanuel (D. Besig and N. Price). Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074.

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