Reclaiming Christmas: An Alternative Christmas Worship Anthology

Book, 26 pp
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Includes the following:
  • What Does Jesus Want for Christmas? An alternative Christmas pageant based on Carols for Justice.
    An intergenerational event that mixes brief scenes with carols - easy to produce and flexible in length.
  • Remembering the Holy Innocents: A Service for December 28th
    The Day of the Holy Innocents is a day set aside to remember the slaughter of the children in and around Bethlehem. Take this opportunity to both remember the slaughter of the innocent children and be reminded of the vulnerability of children today. Consider where children are at risk in your own community. Also included are some ideas for further study and action.
    The Dark Side of the Christmas Story
    A Service of Remembering (full order of service with call to worship and prayer of intercession)
    Suggestions for Additional Activies
    A Prayer for Children
  • Reclaiming Christmas: Models for Prayer and Worship
    Litany for the First Week of Advent Psalm 25: 1-10
    Litany for the Second Week of Advent Luke 1:68-79
    Litany for the Third Week of Advent Isaiah 12:2-6
    Litany for the Fourth Week of Advent Luke 1:47-55
    Prayer for Christmas Eve/Day
    An Epiphany Prayer
    Whose Birthday is it Anyway? (sermon illustration)
  • St. Nicholas: A Puppet Play
    This play children and their parents understand the origin of Santa Claus traditions in the St. Nicholas legend. The play suggests that anonymous giving to people in need is more in keeping with the spirit of Christmas than the "getting" that goes with the Santa tradition. This play offers a way to address the ironic distortions which have occurred in the progression from St. Nicholas, who gave to the poor, to Santa, who gives only to those who can afford him.
  • Welcoming the Prince of Peace: Models for Prayer and Worship
    These prayers, litanies, readings and other worship elements can be used to incorporate a theme of peace in worship services, prayer services or other special gathering during the Advent/Christmas season.
    Call to Worship
    Advent Litany I
    An Advent Prayer
    Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
    An Advent Reading Isaiah 2:1-5
    Advent Litany II
    A Christmas Litany Isaiah 2:4, Isaiah 9:6, and Luke 1:48-79
    A Christmas or Epiphany Reading
    An Epiphany Litany
    An Epiphany Reading
    I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (full score)

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