Monthly Archives: December 2017

COCU10B.Epiphany2B.14January2018

Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Ps 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Cor 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 Gathering There is a God who steps free of the binding chains around our souls, and calls us in a voice which also knows our name, and … Continue reading

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COCU9B.Baptism of Jesus.Epiphany 1B.7January 2018

Texts: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 Old Testament – early thoughts: Howard Wallace New Testament – early thoughts: Bill Loader Epiphany Traditionally observed January 6th, the Epiphany is the celebration of three events that are said to … Continue reading

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COCU 6B.Christmas 1B.31st Dec2017

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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COCU5B.ChristmasEve.24thDecember2017

Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year. Readings Isaiah 9:2-7 God offers a sign of God’s grace and protection to the King and people of Judah – in the darkness light shines, and the birth … 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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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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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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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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