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Alaska Advent by Eric Toskey
Used with permission of the photographer.

Nikaitchuq, Alaska, is the farthest north point to which one can drive in the United States. This picture was taken at midday on the first day the sun rose after having set for nearly two months. Eric Toskey, a native of Alaska, is a deacon of First Congregational Church of Houston, TX. Used with permission of the photographer.

Colors for Advent
In Advent, the colors are deep blue and rose, or deep purple and rose. The deep blue suggests the night sky in the northern hemisphere, as the nights grow longer with winter's coming, and we await the coming of the Light of the World. The alternative to blue is deep purple--purple was an expensive color to create once upon a time (remember Lydia in Acts 16:14--the dealer in purple cloth) and so was associated with royalty, or more simply, with offering the best to God. Purple has also been associated with Lent, and so has taken on associations of penitence.

Weeks 1, 2 and 4 of Advent are either blue or purple. The color for Advent week 3 in both cases is rose-- a color associated with dawn, and the joy of dawn which is just on the horizon with the birth of Christ. Traditionally the scripture readings for Advent 3 incorporate the theme of joy (see Psalm 126 and 1 Thessalonians 5: 16). The traditional name for this Sunday is Gaudete Sunday—“gaudete” is Latin for "rejoice". ("Gaudete" comes into English as “gaudy”—which might give an idea of the strength of the color needed-- hot pink rather than pale pink!)

Spanish Worship Ways

Epiphany Season, Year B

Transfiguration—February 15 [rtf]
Epiphany 5—February 8 [rtf]
Epiphany 4—February 1 [rtf]
Epiphany 3—January 25 [rtf]
Epiphany 2—January 18 [rtf]
Baptism of Christ—Epiphany 1—January 11 [rtf]
Festival of Epiphany—January 6 [rtf]

Christmas Season, Year B

Christmas 2—January 4 [rtf]
New Year’s Service [rtf]
Christmas 1—December 28—to be posted [rtf]
Christmas Fund Christmas Service [rtf]
Christmas Service for Eve or Day [rtf]

Advent Season, Year B

An Advent Devotional
Christmas Funds Advent 4 service [rtf]
Christmas Funds Advent 3 service [rtf]
Christmas Funds Advent 2 service [rtf]
Christmas Funds Advent 1 Service [rtf]
Drawing Nearer lead sheet [rtf]
Advent 4—December 21 [rtf]
Advent 3—December 14 [rtf]
Advent 2—December 7 [rtf]
Advent 1—November 30 [rtf]
Advent Communion Service [rtf]
Seed Thoughts—Advent 2014 [rtf]

Season After Pentecost, Year A

Thanksgiving Day—November 27 [rtf]
Reign of Christ—November 23 [rtf]
Pentecost 23—November 16 [rtf]
Pentecost 22—November 9 [rtf]
All Saints Day—November 1 [rtf]
Pentecost 20—October 26 [rtf]
October 19—Children’s Sabbath Resources [web page]
October 19—Laity Sunday prayer [rtf]
Pentecost 19—October 19 [rtf]
October 12—Hands Up Sabbath for Ferguson [pdf]
October 12—Disabilities Ministry Prayer [rtf]
Pentecost 18—October 12 [rtf]
World Communion—Pentecost 17—October 5 [rtf]
Pentecost 16—September 28 [rtf]
Pentecost 15—September 21 [rtf]
Pentecost 14—September 14 [rtf]
This New Day, Song for Literacy Sunday [pdf]
Christian Education/Literacy Sunday—Sept 7 [rtf]
Pentecost 13—September 7 [rtf]
Pentecost 12—August 31 [rtf]
Pentecost 11—August 24 [rtf]
Pentecost 10—August 17 [rtf]
Pentecost 9—August 10 [rtf]
Pentecost 8—August 3 [rtf]
Pentecost 7—July 27 [rtf]
Pentecost 6—July 20 [rtf]
Pentecost 5—July 13 [rtf]
Pentecost 4—July 6 [rtf]
Pentecost 3—June 29 [rtf]
Pentecost 2—June 22 [rtf]
Trinity Sunday—June 15 [rtf]

Season of Easter, Year A

Pentecost [rtf]
Easter 7 [rtf]
Easter 6 [rtf]
Easter 5 [rtf]
Prayer for Nigerian Girls [doc]
Easter 4 [rtf]
Easter 3 [rtf]
Easter 2 [rtf]
Easter Day [rtf]

Season of Lent, Year A

Good Friday [rtf]
Maundy Thursday [rtf]
Palm/Passion Sunday [rtf]
Lent 5 [rtf]
Lent 4 [rtf]
Lent 3 [rtf]
Lent 2 [rtf]
Lent 1 [rtf]
Ash Wednesday [rtf]

Season of Epiphany, Year A

March 2-8 Women's Week
Transfiguration—March 2 [rtf]
Epiphany 7—February 23 [rtf]
Science and Tech Sunday [rtf]
Epiphany 6—February 16 [rtf]
Epiphany 5—February 9 [rtf]
Epiphany 4—February 2 [rtf]
Epiphany 3—January 26 [rtf]
Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Liturgy [rtf]
Epiphany 2—January 19 [rtf]
Baptism of Christ—January 12 [rtf]
Festival of Epiphany—January 6 [rtf]

Season of Christmas, Year A

Christmas 2—January 5 [rtf]
Liturgy for the New Year [rtf]
Christmas 1—Dec 29 [rtf]
Light of the World - Christmas Day [rtf]
A Church House Christmas [rtf]
Christmas Collects and Benediction [rtf]

Season of Advent, Year A

Advent Journey Home with Candlelighting and Film [rtf]
Christmas Fund Flyer [pdf]
Advent Candle Lighting and Offering Calls from Christmas Fund [rtf]
Winter Solstice Liturgy [rtf]
Advent 4—December 22 [rtf]
Advent 3—December 15 [rtf]
Advent 2—December 8 [rtf]
Advent 1—December 1 [rtf]

Season After Pentecost, year C

Thanksgiving Day—Year C [rtf]
November 24—Reign of Christ [rtf]
November 17—Pentecost 26 [rtf]
November 10—Pentecost 25 [rtf]
November 3—Pentecost 24 [rtf]
November 1—All Saints--Year C [rtf]
October 27—Pentecost 23 [rtf]
October 20—Pentecost 22 [rtf]
October 13—Pentecost 21 [rtf]
October 6—Pentecost 20 [rtf]
September 29—Pentecost 19 [rtf]
September 22 - Pentecost 18 [rtf]
September 15 - Pentecost 17 [rtf]
September 8 - Pentecost 16 [rtf]
September 1 - Pentecost 15 [rtf]
August 25 - Pentecost 14 [rtf]
August 18 - Pentecost 13 [rtf]
August 11 - Pentecost 12 [rtf]
August 4 - Pentecost 11 [rtf]
July 28 - Pentecost 10 [rtf]
July 21 - Pentecost 9 [rtf]
July 14 - Pentecost 8 [rtf]
July 7 - Pentecost 7 [rtf]
June 30 - Pentecost 6 [rtf]
June 23 - Pentecost 5 [rtf]
June 16 - Pentecost 4 [rtf]
June 9 - Pentecost 3 [rtf]
May 26 - Trinity Sunday [rtf]

Easter and Mission 4/1 Earth

Calls to Worship [rtf]
Calls to Worship [pdf]
Prayer for Creation in Drought [rtf]
Prayer for Creation in Drought [pdf]
Prayer of Thanks: 4 Elements [rtf]
Prayer of Thanks: 4 Elements [pdf]
Passing the Peace Rituals [rtf]
Passing the Peace Rituals [pdf]
How the Earth Praises—Offering [rtf]
How the Earth Praises—Offering [pdf]
Resurrection Built In—Confession [rtf]
Resurrection Built In—Confession [pdf]
The Bounty of a Gracious Spirit—Pastoral Prayer [rtf]
The Bounty of a Gracious Spirit—Pastoral Prayer [pdf]
Companions on the Planet—Arbor Day Prayer [rtf]
Companions on the Planet—Arbor Day Prayer [pdf]
Rejoice O Earth—Traditional Easter Proclamation [rtf]
Rejoice O Earth—Traditional Easter Proclamation [pdf]
Hoping and Dreaming with Creation—Pentecost [rtf]
Hoping and Dreaming with Creation—Pentecost [pdf]
One in Love and Mission - Easter 7 [rtf]
One in Love and Mission - Easter 7 [pdf]
Rural Life Sunday—Easter 6 [rtf]
Rural Life Sunday—Easter 6 [pdf]
Ground Us and Grow Us in Love—Easter 5 [rtf]
Ground Us and Grow Us in Love—Easter 5 [pdf]
Prayer for Boston [rtf]
Prayer for Boston [pdf]
Shepherd Us in Courage—Easter 4 [rtf]
Shepherd Us in Courage—Easter 4 [pdf]
Feed My Sheep—Easter 3 [rtf]
Feed My Sheep—Easter 3 [pdf]
The Loving Hands of God—Easter 2 [rtf]
The Loving Hands of God—Easter 2 [pdf]
Resurrection of All Creation—Easter Day [rtf]
Resurrection of All Creation—Easter Day [pdf]


Good Friday, March 29

Maundy Thursday, March 28

Palm/Passion Sunday, March 24 | Eco-Palms

Lent 5, March 17

Lent 4, March 10

Lent 3, March 3

Lent 2, February 24

Lent 1, February 17

Ash Wednesday, February 13

Christmas Season Year C

Service Prayers for the Festival of Transfiguration - February 10

Midwife to Prophets - Women’s Week - February 3

Service Prayers for the Third Sunday after Epiphany - January 27

Martin Luther King, Jr., Weekend - January 20

Service Prayers for First Sunday after Epiphany - January 13

Service Prayers for the Festival of Epiphany - January 6

Liturgy for the New Year

Christmas Youth Meditation

Christmas 1 - December 30

Christmas Day Service

City Lights: A Service for Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve - December 24

Advent, Year C

The Universe is Bending

Sing Out, My Soul! - December 23, 2012

Rejoice! - December 16, 2012

Hear Wisdom's Voice! - December 9, 2012

Lift Up Your Heads! - December 2, 2012

Pentecost, Year B

Just Rule- Reign of Christ Sunday - November 25, 2012

A Better Harvest - Thanksgiving Day - November 22, 2012

New and Living Way of Christ - Pentecost 25 - November 18, 2012

Risk and Restoration - Pentecost 24 - November 11, 2012

Trusting in the Source - Pentecost 23 - November 4, 2012

Celebrate Their Lives - All Saints Day - November 1, 2012

A New Reformation of the Church - Reformation Sunday - October 28, 2012

A Life of Service - October 21, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Reflection-Oct 14

Courage for Justice - October 14, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Reflection-October 7

This at Last! - World Communion Sunday - October 7, 2012

Our Faith Our Vote worship materials

Hispanic Heritage Reflection-Sept 30

I Will Survive - American Indian Ministries Sunday - September 30

To Change the World, Welcome the Children - September 23

Hispanic Heritage reflection - September 16

Wisdom Calls - September 16

Teaching the Teacher - Christian Education Sunday - September 9

Labor Day Resources

Hear the Voice of the Beloved! - September 2

Offerings of Praise - August 26

Wisdom Quest - August 19

Hunger and Thirst for God - August 12

Bread of Life - August 5

Food for All - July 29

Whole World our Neighborhood - July 22

God Inspired Joy - July 15

To Hear and Be Heard - Pentecost 6 - July 8

Belief not Fear - Pentecost 5 - July 1

Peace, Be Still - June 24

Sowing Seeds of Ministry - June 17

That We May Say "Thank You!" - June 10

Mysterious Encounter - June 3

Easter - Year B

Spirit of All - Service Prayers for Pentecost Sunday - May 27, 2012

Starting Here, Starting Now - Seventh Sunday of Easter - Sunday, May 20, 2012

Friends of God - Service Prayers for the Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 13, 2012

Growing in God - Prayers for the Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 6, 2012

Children's Story for Easter 4, April 29, 2012

The Welcoming Shepherd - Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 29, 2012

We are Witnesses - Third Sunday of Easter - Sunday, April 22, 2012

To Make Our Joy Complete: Service Prayers for the Second Sunday of Easter - April 15, 2012

Appeared and Appearing - Prayers for Easter Sunday - April 8, 2012

Lighting a New Fire - The Great Vigil of Easter - April 7, 2012

Lent - Year B

Tenebrae: Service of Shadows - Good Friday - April 6, 2012

No Answer - Prayers for Palm and Passion Sunday - April 1, 2012

We Wish to See Jesus - Fifth Sunday of Lent - March 25, 2012

So Loved - Fourth Sunday of Lent - Sunday, March 18, 2012

Amistad Sunday - Third Sunday in Lent - March 11, 2012

Between Me and You - Second Sunday of Lent - March 4, 2012

Prayers for the Journey - Lent 1 - February 26, 2012

Children's Story for Lent 1 - February 26, 2012

Beloved Dust to Dust - Ash Wednesday - February 22, 2012

Epiphany - Year B

Witness to Wonders - Transfiguration - February 19, 2012

Choosing Healing - Epiphany 6 - February 12, 2012

Delightful Lightness - Epiphany 5 - February 5, 2012

Holy Whole-y One - Epiphany 4 - January 29, 2012

Reluctant Evangelists - Service Prayers for Third Sunday after Epiphany - Ecumenical Sunday - January 22, 2012

Revealed to Us - Prayers for the Second Sunday after Epiphany - January 15, 2012

Children's Story - Baptism of Christ

Seeking Higher Ground - First Sunday after Epiphany - Baptism of Christ - January 8, 2012

God's Light With Us - Epiphany - January 6, 2012

Worship Ways: a variety of prayers, liturgies, and "how-to" articles for use on Sundays, Festivals, and special UCC calendar days. These resources come from all settings of the UCC; they are written by pastors, educators, musicians and covenanted ministry staff members. Many are based on the Sunday readings found in the Revised Common Lectionary. We encourage you to use the material "as is" or to take it and adapt it for your local setting.

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Rev. Susan A. Blain
Minister for Worship, Liturgy and Spiritual Formation
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115