Advent, a four-week time of preparation before Christmas, begins the church year. The fourth Sunday in Advent often has a focus on Love.
Now Mary Walked That Dusty Road: 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.
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This is a mini-movie we created for the fourth week of advent – Love.
Were stubborn and selfish our hearts gone astray
Were plagued by the shadow within
Can beauty be found in the mire and the clay?
Would you come, would you come, once again
Come O Come Emmanuel
In the dark of our shame, in the shadows of sin
Can you see through this mess to the beauty within?
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.
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).
Images used in worship video...
Bulletin Cover – vidar-nordi-mathiesen-Gziisbl6K – Unsplash
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming – Jody Confer - Unsplash
There Was a Child in Galilee – Melissa Askew - Unsplash
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy – Ruth Gledhill – Unsplash
Hope Is A Star - landscape.jpg
Hope Shines As A Solitary Star - Markus-Spitske - Unsplash
The hymn recordings today are from...
More Voices: Audio CD (The United Church of Canada, 2007) and YouTube
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming – Public Domain. Used with permission. OCP Session Choir – Topic. May 18, 2016. Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.
There Was a Child in Galilee – Used with permission. Metropolitan United Church Choir, Toronto, ON. Patricia Wright, director. September 26, 2006. The United Church of Canada Foundation.
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy – Public Domain. Used with permission. Golden Ears United Church. December 20, 2020. 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.Masters in this Hall – Embellished Handbell Ensemble. Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074.
Face of God – John & Mackenzie Malarczyk. Podcast with permission under CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.
O Holy Night – Wesley Bells. Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074.
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