Category: Worship

In God’s story, there is always enough! Week 3 Video

Meet the animals and the innkeeper. (Children’s voices: Advent means to me, happiness all the time. I think Advent means time to prepare for Christmas. I think Advent means, when Jesus was born. I think we can get ready by

O Come, O Come

It is a very human thing to “keep vigil.” We gather by candlelight after a disaster; to protest peacefully in places of power; to sit with one who is dying. As Christians, in Advent, we gather with Mary, Joseph, and those

In God’s story, everyone is special! Week 2 Video

Meet the angels and visit Mary and Elizabeth. (Children’s voices: Advent means to me, happiness all the time. I think Advent means time to prepare for Christmas. I think Advent means, when Jesus was born. I think we can get

What Is White Gift Sunday?

If you attend a United Church at this time of year, you may encounter a popular Advent tradition known as White Gift Sunday. An organization or project (often supported by Mission & Service) is identified, and churchgoers are encouraged to

In God’s story, you are just right! Week 1 Video

Meet Mary, Zechariah, and Elizabeth. (Children’s voices: Advent means to me, happiness all the time. I think Advent means time to prepare for Christmas. I think Advent means, when Jesus was born. I think we can get ready by hanging

To Study the Good News

Advent is a time of preparation, a time of celebration—and even a time a study. The Good News of Joy to the World (pdf), contributed by the Rev. Dr. Peggy Mulambya-Kabonde of The United Church of Zambia, invites us to

A Kin-dom of Peace and Justice

As we count down to Jesus’ birthday in the season of Advent, we remember the miraculous encounters of two thousand years ago. “Don’t be afraid,” an angel says—to Mary, to Elizabeth and Zechariah, to the shepherds… At the same time,

Communion Liturgies

Thank you to the Rev. Andrew O’Neil, from St. Paul’s United Church, Riverview, NB, for providing two new communion liturgies to the Advent Unwrapped community. For the season of preparation, In the Rich Dark of Winter (pdf) draws on the evocative

What Is Advent?

Advent means “to come” or “arrive at” [venire: arrive/come].  In the church, Advent most often means “the coming of the Saviour.” In Western Church tradition, it is the four Sundays before Christmas—and the start of the liturgical church year. Why get

Charitable Giving

Christmas is known as a season of giving. One thing you might hear about in Advent are so-called shoebox programs, which encourage you to fill a shoebox with toys, toothbrushes, and other trinkets for a child in the developing world.

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