Monthly Archives: December 2018

COCU5C.Christmas Eve.24Dec2018

See also Christmas, Christmas Eve B, and Christmas Tree Traditions and Blessings ResourcesAdvent, Christmas and Epiphany: Liturgies and Prayers for Public Worship by Brian Wren Christmas litany-waiting for the light.ChristineSine Children’s Talk: Mary’s Treasure Box, based on a storybook by that … Continue reading

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Jeff Shrowder: During a week in the Taizē Comminity in France some years ago I explored the Church of reconciliation outside the scheduled prayer times. Large, cavernous and quiet. A series of small, modern stained-glass windows contributed to the subdued … Continue reading

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St Patrick’s Day, 17 March

Brigit (451-525 AD) is a Celtic saint who exemplified the wonderful gift of hospitality that Celtic Christians believed was not only meant to be a custom in their homes, it was a key into the Kingdom of God. To offer hospitality was seen as receiving Christ into their midst and fulfilling the law of love.  Continue reading

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This is the first Sunday after Christmas, so it may be a focus in the beginning of the service to have a time to reflect on post-Christmas. We can find our centre‘Whatever comes our way, we can find our centre, … Continue reading

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Readings Isaiah 6:1-8, (9-13)In the year King Uzziah Dies, Isaiah has a vision of God’s glory in the temple, where he is cleansed and he responds to God’s call. Then God tells him to say to the people that they … Continue reading

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Readings: Isaiah 65:17-25: The prophet tells of the promise of a new heaven and new earth, with peace and security and ample provision for all. Isaiah 12: A psalm of praise and thanksgiving for God’s help. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13: The Christians in Thessalonica are … Continue reading

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Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year. Readings Year CIsaiah 52:7-10 The messenger who brings good newsPsalm 98 O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous thingsHebrews 1:1-4 in these … Continue reading

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Malachi 3:1-4: God is sending God’s messenger to prepare for God’s coming, and God’s people and God’s priests will be refined and made pure. Luke 1:68-79: Zechariah’s song of thanksgiving for God’s rescue of Israel, and his proclamation of his … Continue reading

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Blue Christmas

Unless we have lived through December heartbroken, it may not cross our minds how hard the lead-up to Christmas can feel for people in the midst of loss, failure, or hopelessness. Their imprisonments can look like being stuck in a … Continue reading

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Readings Jeremiah 17:5-10Cursed are those who trust in human strength and turn away from God. They live in barrenness with no hope. But those who trust in God are like trees planted near a river. They have green leaves and … Continue reading

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