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X-mas Eve Reading: Darkness/Light

Posted by on Nov 1, 2019 in Advent, Arts, Call to Worship, Christmas, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Here is a dramatic reading for a Christmas Eve service of worship inspired by John 1. A cantor and three readers (Darkness 1, Darkness 2 & Light) are needed. Hymn tune for cantor part is the traditional, “Coventry Carol” The reading is in two parts: 1) Darkness, 2) Light.  The first part could be used as a Call to Worship or a “cold opening” before a prelude.  The 2nd part is meant to be read towards the end of the service (e.g. perhaps as the last of the lessons and carols). Darkness/Light: Darkness...

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Christmas Pageant 2019

Posted by on Oct 25, 2019 in Advent, Arts, Christmas, Slideshow | 0 comments

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT Below is an imaginative retelling of the Christmas story designed to be performed by a Sunday School as a Sunday morning service in Advent.  It can be adapted for a wide variety of cast sizes and sanctuary set-ups.  Specific solo and choral pieces are not cited below but there are many out there to choose from. Cast Angel # 1 Angelica: Angel # 2  Ariel: Angel # 3 Dina: Mary: Gabriel: Shepherd Sten: Shepherd Corin: Shepherd Sirus: Joseph: Inman the Innkeeper: Queen Regina: Queen Isabella: Queen Sophia: King Herod: Shepherds...

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Passport to Advent

Posted by on Oct 22, 2019 in Advent, By Season, Christmas, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services, Worship Advertising | 0 comments

For many congregations, Advent is a season filled with special signs, programs and wonders!! Advent wreaths, Christmas trees and lights, special concerts, pageants…to name a few.  Those who are familiar with your church may know what to expect, but visitors don’t.  In addition, newcomers and oldcomers alike may not know the significance behind what you are doing in your worship services and programs.  What is Advent again?  Why light an Advent Wreath?  To let people know what your congregation is offering, and what visitors can...

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“What Do You See?”

Posted by on Sep 27, 2019 in Arts, By Season, Pentecost, Sermons, Slideshow | 0 comments

What Do You See? A Sermon by Rev. Amy Pitton, delivered at Bethany Church, UCC Montpelier, VT on Sunday, August 25, 2019 Based on: Luke 13:10-17   Read: “Words of a Modern Day Prophet,” by Mary Oliver “There are things you can’t reach. But You can reach out to them, and all day long The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of god. And it can keep you busy as anything else, and happier. I look; morning to night I am never done with looking Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around As though with your arms...

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