House of Bread Prayer for Illumination

Here’s the prayer for illumination that we’ll use each Sunday before the scripture readings during Advent this year. It compliments our Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series.

Prayer for Illumination
God who is with us, guide us by your Word. Help us to again receive you in the flesh. May the Promised One lead us in wisdom and truth and may we be sustained by Christ who is the Bread of Life. AMEN

There is also a perfect new song for this series from the Porter’s Gate Worship Project called Jesus, Bread of Life (feat. Diana Gameros). We plan to play it each week just before worship begins.

 

Check out the other resources for this series:
The Great Bethlehem Bake-Off Pageant
Bethlehem Advent Bible Study
Advent Wreath Options

The Great Bethlehem Bake-Off Pageant

I think I’m most excited about this component of our Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series. While this children’s Christmas pageant compliments our theme for Advent this year, I think it would work wonderfully with any Advent theme. Check out this fun and simple Christmas pageant I wrote and feel free to adapt as needed for your setting (you can easily make it longer by adding some carols interspersed throughout). I’d love to know if you do this pageant and see a recording of your version! I’ll share the recording of ours which will be preformed on Advent 4!

Click here to download: The Great Bethlehem Bake-Off Christmas Pageant Skit

Check out my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
All Earth Is Waiting Advent Series
Fear Not Advent Series
The Gift of Yes Advent Series
Advent Wreath liturgy options
Bethlehem Advent Bible Study

Have fun and happy planning!

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Bethlehem Advent Bible Study

This is a first! This is the first time I’m not sharing a liturgy resource but a Bible Study! It’s been many years since I wrote a Bible study but when I couldn’t find what I was looking for I decided I just needed to write it myself. So here it is! This study will nicely accompany the Bethlehem House of Bread Advent worship series we’re doing this year but it would also work well on it’s own. It’s 4 weeks with just a front and back page each week for each participant.

You can download this fun Bible study here: Bethlehem Advent Bible Study

Check out my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
All Earth Is Waiting Advent Worship
Fear Not Advent Series
The Gift of Yes Advent Series
Advent Wreath liturgy options

Enjoy and happy Advent planning!

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Advent Wreath Options

There are lots of liturgy options for Advent wreath lighting during worship and here’s a few more!

One of things I find is missing from our (mainline Protestant) worship service is a time for sharing. Testimonies are powerful for those who share them and hear them. Sharing about our faith is also something we need to practice in the safety and comfort of our churches so we’re ready when the Spirit moves us to share with someone outside of church. To this end, two of the three Advent wreath liturgies below include an opportunity for those leading the liturgy to share something personal related to the themes for each week (hope, peace, joy, and love). One option is the more traditional call and response liturgy. Let me know what you think and if you plan to use or adapt any of them for your Advent worship service this year! Click the links below to download.
Happy planning!

Advent Wreath Litanies – Traditional
Advent Wreath Liturgies – Breathing in Hope, Peace, Joy, & Love 
Advent Wreath Liturgies – Testimonies (We used these to coincide with the All Earth Is Waiting Advent series)

Check my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series
Fear Not Advent Series
The Gift of Yes Advent Series

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Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series

Here is the final Advent series option I’ll be sharing for 2019, and I think I’m the most excited about this one. Probably because this is the one we are using at our church this year! I have always wanted to make the connection between Bethlehem (which means house of bread in Hebrew) and the Christ being the Bread of Life! So here we go!
We’ll be baking special rainbow bread for Advent 1 communion, baking bread in bread machines DURING worship for Advent 3, and sharing our favorite bread recipes as Christmas gifts to each other. As Oprah would say:
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Click here to download the most delicious Advent worship series: House of Bread Advent Series

Below is the graphic we’ll be using for the series as well as the bulletin cover and another cool image I found in my research! If you plan to use this series let me know, I’d be happy to share the Calls to Worship I’ll be writing for each week.

Here is the 4-week Advent Bible study I wrote to accompany this series though it could stand on it’s own as well.

Coming soon will be some Advent Wreath lighting liturgies and more! Be sure to follow the blog so you don’t miss a post! Happy Planning!

Check out my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
All Earth Is Waiting Advent Worship
Fear Not Advent Series
The Gift of Yes Advent Series
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All Earth is Waiting Advent Worship Series

Another Advent worship series option! This one is based on Rev. Katie Z. Dawson’s Advent devotional, All Earth Is Waiting: Devotions for the SeasonIt was a wonderful devotional to use for small groups but didn’t require folks be reading along for me to preach on the themes. I loved being able to talk about Creation Care through the season of Advent. We went very woodsy and earthy with our decor. We used recycled materials to make tree ornaments and had animals throughout our displays. 

Click here to download: All Earth Is Waiting Advent Worship Plan
(file includes helpful links to supporting music & videos!)

This was the image we used for advertising and as our bulletin cover image.
Below find Calls to Worship for each Sunday!

Check my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series
Fear Not Advent Series
The Gift of Yes Advent Series

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Call to Worship for Advent 1
by Roddy Hamilton

Across the universe creation waits
for the prophets to speak their words of expectation and renewal.
May we gather round them today once more
and let their longing grip us and lead us into birth and blessing.
So come now my friends, this is the meeting place
of promise and prophecy.
Let us listen through the ancient words
that we might be ready to hear a baby’s cry.

 

Call to Worship for Advent 2

A wild man emerges from the wilderness,
“Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!”
A young girl is visited by an angel with the ‘opportunity’ of a life-time,
“God pulls down the powerful and lifts up the lowly!”
The Prince of Peace comes
   disrupting the world in order to heal it. 
Disrupt our hearts again, God
that you would use us to bring the peace of your justice to our earth.

 

Call to Worship for Advent 3

The Good News was proclaimed by heavenly beings
to the shepherds and the sheep.
The Christ broke through to our world
surrounded by the animals of the stable. 
And all of creation rejoices
showing us the glory and splendor of God.

 

Call To Worship for Advent 4
by Roddy Hamilton

Gather round, we have a story to tell of a Giver who reached inside and took a handful of love like a pile of stardust and said: this is for you it is all you need it is all you will ever need there is enough here to change the whole world. Take it.
Many laughed at him, mocked him, and ignored the invitation
but some dared to take it and those who did noticed something about this love,
They found they could do what the gift-giver could do.
They could stand with the lost,
welcome the stranger
eat with the hungry.
   They found themselves doing what the Giver first did to them
giving something of themselves to others, they became like the Giver
offering themselves
and as they offered themselves others took the invitation
and many still do
and many still trust
it is enough to change the whole world.

Fear Not Advent Series

Here’s another sermon series option for Advent! This series looks at the 4 people angels appeared to and said, “Fear not!” This was a fun series for our church because we used lots of angels in our decor and I read a section of the book Probity Jones And The Fear Not Angel by Walter Wangerin to the kids every week for Children’s Time.

Click here to download the worship plan: Fear Not Advent Series Worship Plan
I also have previously posted Calls to Worship for this series which you can find here: Fear Not 1, Fear Not 3, Fear Not 4

Below is the graphic we used to advertise the series as well as my favorite visual image of The Annunciation! Enjoy and happy Advent planning!

Check my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series
All Earth Is Waiting Advent Series
The Gift of Yes Advent Series

God is with us      The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896

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.
You can also watch this video of how it all came together for our congregation.

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.

The Gift of Yes – Advent series

As I was preparing for Advent, I was struck by the various characters in the Christmas story and how they all gave us a great gift by saying “yes” to God. God gave us all the greatest gift in becoming one of us. But just like an unopened gift, we have to say ‘yes’ and accept this great gift God gives. Our series this Advent will help us consider how we receive and give the gift of ‘yes’.

Download the series worship plan here: The Gift of Yes sermon series

Check my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series
Fear Not Advent Series
All Earth is Waiting Advent Series

Here’s the series graphic for sharing online:
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This will be our bulletin cover image:
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Happy Advent and Happy planning!

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!