Becoming the Family of God: New Advent Resources

Do you love the season of Advent, but find yourself short on time and energy to prepare new themes and creative prayers for each week? Are you searching for materials that draw new insights out of the familiar stories in ways that help your congregation connect the story of Christmas to their own life stories?

becoming-the-family-of-god-website-imageTo help you simplify your planning while keeping worship vibrant, Rev. Kerry Greenhill has written complete worship resources for the four Sundays of Advent plus Christmas Eve, on the seasonal theme, “Becoming the Family of God.”

This series invites congregations to think critically about the images of family celebrations prevalent in pop culture during the holidays, and to compare these with the stories of the family of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Unlike Hallmark and Macy’s ads, the Bible’s depictions of families are full of difficult realities, as well as promises of grace. Explore together what it means to become a healthier family of God, as a congregation, within families in the church, and as a global community, in light of the good news of God’s love made known in Jesus Christ.

Worship resources include:

  • Advent candle liturgy (each week)
  • Pastoral prayer (each week)
  • Children’s time (each week)
  • Sermon starter or sermon alternative (complete reader’s theater/speech choir for Week 4)
  • Benediction (each week)
  • Communion liturgy for Week 2

You get all of this – a contemporary and coherent series for Advent, themed liturgy resources for each week, inspiration for sermons and children’s messages – starting at just $29, depending on your church’s weekly attendance.

To see the full list of themes, download a preview copy of the materials, and purchase your copy, visit our Resources page today!

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