Sung Advent Communion Liturgy

I’m quite excited the inspiration for a sung communion liturgy came in time for Advent 1! Feel free to use or adapt and let me know if I can clarify any of the phrasing. The congregation will sing the bolded words.

O Holy Night
Sung Advent Communion to the tune of ‘O Holy Night’
(Tune: CANTIQUE DE NOEL)

O Holy God, your grace and love surround us
we lift our hearts to give you our praise.
You gave to us the earth and all that’s in it
you blessed us, but we were led astray.

   A thrill of hope our weary world rejoices
   For yonder breaks a new glorious morn

Hope is alive!
O hear the angel’s message,
“Do not be afraid
for the Christ will be born.
Eman-u-el
God with us, Emanuel!”

Christ came and taught us to love one another
   His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for all slavr’y be over
And in His name all oppression shall cease

   Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
   Let all within us praise His holy name

Hope is alive!
We join the angel chorus,
“Do not be afraid
for Christ is born.”
Our savior has come!
God’s great gift for all the world.

Led by God’s grace, he brought his friends together
with glowing hearts to this table they came.
Bread broke like flesh, the cup with wine of heaven
a new covenant made in Christ’s name.

   A thrill of hope our weary world rejoices
   For yonder breaks a new glorious morn

Christ gave his life
to show us how to live.
This is God’s gift
giv’n for all to be received.
O bless this bread and cup
that we too might be blessed.               (music repeats ending)

The gift of hope we shine into the darkness
For we shine forth God’s new and glorious morn

   We fall on our knees
   and join the angel voices
   O Christ divine
   Thank you God for Christ your son
United in Christ
   We are Christ for the world.

Text: Corey Turnpenny, 2018
O Holy Night A Sung Communion Liturgy for Advent is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Hanging of the Greens Worship

hanging-of-the-greens-2017-webThis year, I’m excited to be bringing back the tradition of a Hanging of the Greens worship service. Whether your church dedicates a Sunday service to this tradition every year or you’re looking to give it a try, I’m happy to share an order of worship that explains aspects the season of Advent as well as our traditional decor.

Feel free to use or adapt this service to your congregation’s needs. (click below to download the PDF)
Hanging of the Greens Worship Order – Rev. Turnpenny

I’m also excited about our Advent series this year which I will be sharing here soon, so be sure to subscribe!

Happy planning!

Call to Worship for Advent 4 ‘Fear Not’ series

Call to Worship for Advent 4 based on Luke 2:8-14
The Call
God sends angel messengers to earth
   to proclaim the good news:
God has not forgotten us, we are not alone,
   God is coming to us in the form of a baby!
And the first to hear this incredible news
   are people on the outside of polite society.
All of us have good news to share.
   God, help us listen to each other despite our differences.

Call to Worship for Advent 3 for “Fear Not” series

Call to Worship for Advent 3 based on Matthew 1:18-25
The Call
God calls us and wakes us from our tired apathy.
   God has a plan, don’t be afraid!
We are a part of the plan. God needs us,
   Not to follow the rules, but to stand out in grace.
Others will judge us. We’ll feel like our lives are falling apart,
   But God’s plan is growing and will soon come to life.
God, strengthen our faith, make us merciful and kind,
   Stand with us when we stand out for you.

Call to Worship Advent 1 “Fear Not” series

Call to Worship for Advent 1 based on Luke 1:5-25
The Call
Today we begin the journey of Advent
   and fears abound.
There is so much darkness and it is so cold.
   How will God ever turn our world around?
We gather now to warm and strengthen ourselves for the journey ahead.
   God, you see our human fears and love us anyway.
God, you hear our worries and call us to do your work anyway.
   Help us hear the angelic message, “Do not be afraid!”