Preparing for Advent

But wait – there’s more, from Rev Silvia Purdie, Minister at  Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Christchurch –http://www.conversations.net.nz/  (24 Nov 2017) –

PictureFor the Cashmere congregation this year we have prepared a simple photocopied booklet of Christmas readings, including a daily reading guide (with help from Catholic.com). It is not my own work but you’re welcome to view it HERE. It includes a couple of lovely poems from Madeline L’Engle’s fabulous ‘Winter Song’ book, as well as a couple of our very special Kiwi authors, Shirley Murray and Joy Cowley.

The light of the Christmas star to you
the warmth of home and hearth to you
the cheer and good will of friends to you
the love of the Son and God’s peace to you
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An Advent and Christmas Miscellany

A Collection of Advent Poems, Prayers and Blessings

A Liturgy for Advent and Christmas

Betty Shore has sent us an Advent/Nativity reflection/study she used with a group. You may be able to use all or part of this

A Birth in Bethlehem – a Nativity Play – by Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

If Jesus Came for the First Time This Year – A Nativity Story with a Modern Twist – by Joy Kingsbury Aitken

A Collection of Christmas Prayers and Blessings

Psalms for Advent & Christmas

Also from Rev Silvia Purdie, Minister at  Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Christchurch –http://www.conversations.net.nz/  (24 Nov 2017) –

Looking for a Call to Worship during December … look no further!

Image result for waitingThe Lectionary Psalms this year are 80, 85, 126, 89, 97 & 98. These (plus a little extra) are paraphrased and formatted here for use in worship.

Click HERE to download the pdf.

Hot off the press – new Nativity drama!

From Rev Silvia Purdie, Minister at  Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Christchurch – http://www.conversations.net.nz/  (24 Nov 2017)

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“The Angels’ Big Entrance” is a brand new nativity play – which means that it has all your favourite Christmas characters, includes various carols, and ends with the “ohhh” moment as the nativity scene is formed at the front. It has 5 speaking parts, plus you can involve as many children or whatever ages as show up on the day without needing rehearing. This play is from the perspective of the angels: there’s Gabriel keen for his big moment, and 2 assistant angels running around trying to find out where the Messiah will be born.

Download the script of the play HERE

Download the powerpoint to go with it HERE  –  please note – some editing may be required, e.g., adjusting the graphics to fit the shape and size of the slides

Christmas Women, by Rosalie Sugrue

CHRISTMAS WOMEN

Women talking to Women, sharing encounters with Mary

by Rosalie Sugrue

A set of Meditation and Bible readings and suitable for:


Any Advent Service, or Christmas Eve Candle-lighting Service
(5 female and 1-5 male reader/s for lessons, plus worship leader)

Advent Devotions (5 female readers – omit Carols & Bible Readings)

A series of Advent Candle Meditations (2-10 readers)

 

Meditation 1:   ‘Carol our Christmas’ 30 – Look towards Christmas… verses 1 & 2
[or ‘WOV’ 200 – Come thou long expected Jesus… verses 1 & 2]

Luke 1:5-13

Elizabeth (Mary’s cousin) talks with Anna

Related imageI had a special dinner waiting for Zechariah (KJV, Zacharias). I was so proud of him! As you know Anna, not many small-town priests get the honour of entering the Holy of Holies. I’m so glad you saw him go in. Didn’t he look fine in his robes? If only you had been there when his duties were over! He arrived home in a terrible state. He tried to tell me what had happened but he couldn’t speak – not one word could he get out. I was really worried, thought he had contracted some terrible illness. But he looked healthy enough, in fact he looked…radiant is the word that comes to mind. Well, there he was flinging his arms around and trying to mime something. This is crazy, I said, and went and got the slate.  …

To see the full document, click here.

 

Resources from Rosalie Sugrue

ten playsRosalie Sugrue is a prolific producer of resources for small groups, children, worship services, women’s fellowships, and the like, and just recently sent us a list of some of the results of her labours, together with an invitation to contact her if you have a need for resources such as devotions, prayers, games, skits or Bible puzzles.  In the meantime, here is her list of Resource Leaflets and Scripts already available from various sources, at very reasonable cost.