Tag Archives: Christmas

Advent 4: Year A

Name the child “Emmanuel” Isaiah 7:10-17 Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus includes a quotation from Isaiah, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called … Continue reading

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The Nativity

An Aztec story of the Nativity The angels came down from the sky like birds. Their voices were bells. They sounded like flutes. “Praise God in heaven, alleluia.” They came flying out of the sky, singing, “Peace on earth, alleluia.” … Continue reading

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Christmas Day

In the beginning there was the Word. Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm 98 Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) John 1:1-14 The above readings are for Christmas III, most appropriate for Christmas Day, while readings for Christmas I and II are often used on Christmas … Continue reading

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Themes of Christmas in Worship

The following is an excerpt from Richard Giles book, “Times and Seasons: Creating Transformative Worship Throughout the Year” (2008: Church Publishing). Jesus was probably not actually born on December 25th, despite our celebration of his birth on this calendar date. … Continue reading

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Advent in 2 Minutes

Yes, the stores are decked with Christmas lights, bows, and ribbons. You may have even started your shopping at midnight on “Black Friday.” Perhaps you’ve decorated your home and put the Christmas lights up on the trees in your yards. … Continue reading

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The Second Sunday After Christmas: Year A – January 2, 2011

Adopted as Children of God Jeremiah 31:7-14 Psalm 84 Ephesians 3:1-6, 15-19a Depending on what lectionary readings you choose today (there are several options: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 in which the Holy Family flees to Egypt; Luke 2:41-52 of the boy … Continue reading

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The Holy Innocents – December 28th

Weeping for our Children Isaiah 63:7–9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10–18 Matthew 2:13–23 The birth of Jesus according to the Gospel of St. Matthew is fraught with peril, flight, exile, and murder.  Most of us never hear of this drama since … Continue reading

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