Advent, a four-week time of preparation before Christmas, begins the church year. The second Sunday in Advent often has a focus on Peace.
Shining Waters Regional Council Prayer Cycle:
Today we pray for Cheltenham United Church, Heritage United Church, Markham, Dalston-Crown Hill United Church, Barrie, and Countryside United Church, Thornton.
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.
Actively explore the story of Christmas using this 17-page Advent Unwrapped colouring book.
See if you can find these symbols and traditions of Christmas in your home!
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: Build Bridges of Peace
December is one of the most spiritual months of the year. Along with Christmas, there are the Jewish festival of Hanukkah and winter solstice rituals, as well as spiritually significant days for Buddhists, Muslims and Zoroastrians. That makes this month a good one to remember what unites us.
This is a mini-movie we created for our second 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.
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.
Images used in worship video...
Bulletin Cover – Daniel Brubaker - Unsplash
O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Jessica Fadel - Unsplash
Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands – Lauren W. Wright - Feathery Friends & Abodes
There’s a Voice in the Wilderness – Simon Berger – 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), Sing Hallelujah! Volumes 3&5 (produced by Ralph Milton, the United Church of Canada, 2015), and YouTube.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Public Domain. Friends at First United Church, Kelowna BC. Soloist and conductor: Amy van Wemsem.
Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands. Laura Beth Smith, St. Luke’s United Church, Tantallon, NS.Reprinted and podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.
There’s a Voice in the Wilderness. The Schola Cantorum of St. Peter’s in the Loop. J. Michael Thompson, Director. Chicago. Reprinted and podcast with permission under One License #A-718074.
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.
Children in Advent – Peace. Memorial United Methodist Church. Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Lord, I Stretch My Hands To You (J. Althouse). Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074.Silent Night (F. Gruber/Arr.by C. Moklebust). Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074.
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