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About admin

Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.

Christmas Trees tradition and blessing

The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays which depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle which symbolized Christ, the Light of the world. We see … Continue reading

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Blue Christmas

BLESSING FOR THE LONGEST NIGHT All throughout these months, as the shadows have lengthened, this blessing has been gathering itself, making ready, preparing for this night. It has practiced walking in the dark, traveling with its eyes closed, feeling its … Continue reading

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Advent – general resources

Christmas Bowl 2017 Christmas Bowl resources, including songs, prayers and Advent Candle litanies are now available online. Call to worship God is here And we are here to worship God. In our darkness: You are the God of Light. In … Continue reading

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COCU4B.Advent 4B.24th December 2017

Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year. Readings 2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16 God, through the prophet Nathan, declares God’s promise to David that he will establish his kingdom forever, will give him peace from … Continue reading

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COCU3B.Advent 3B.17th December 2017

Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year. Readings Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11 God’s Spirit is on God’s servant to proclaim freedom, healing and liberation. God’s loves justice, and God’s servant is filled with joy, like … Continue reading

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COCU2B.Advent 2B.10th December 2017

Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year. Readings Isaiah 40:1-11 A word of comfort for God’s people, because a herald is announcing the coming of God to his people who are as fragile as grass. … Continue reading

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COCU 6B.Christmas 1B

Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year. Readings: Isaiah 61: 10-62:3 (the good news of deliverance) God will show all nations God’s justice, and Zion will be saved and will blaze with God’s glory. Psalm … Continue reading

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COCU1B.Advent 1B.3rd December 2017

Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year. See general Advent resources here. Readings Isaiah 64:1-9: A prayer for God to come and display God’s might as in the past. Also, a confession that, while God … Continue reading

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COCU5B.ChristmasDay.25thDec2017

Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year. Readings Isaiah 52:7-10 The joy of seeing the messenger of good news, who announces peace and the reign of God, and of knowing God’s protection and care. Psalm … Continue reading

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COCU5B.ChristmasDawn.25thDec2017

Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year. Readings Isaiah 62:6-12: Psalm 97: Titus 3:4-7: Luke 2: (1-7), 8-20:

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