Offering Invitations for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany Seasons, Year A

Here are suggestions or starting-points for invitations related to the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany readings for Year A. Each sentence may be combined with a sentence related to something happening in the life of the congregation on that day (Katrina mission trip; baptism of a child; youth activity, etc.).

First Sunday of Advent
Our hope for peace, like Isaiah's vision long ago, is expressed in the ministry of this church, where God's children can come to learn to walk in the paths of God...and we give our gifts today in hope for the future and in gratitude for what has been. Let us gather our gifts together and present them as an offering to God:

Second Sunday of Advent
The prophet Isaiah paints a picture of something we can hardly imagine: peace on earth and healing for all, no more hurt or destruction on God's holy mountain. We long for the same thing, and we trust God's plans so much that we know we are held in this hope and n this vision. We share today from what we have received as a sign of that trust. Let us gather....

Third Sunday of Advent
The day of rejoicing is coming, the prophet Isaiah says, and we await it together; our gifts today in this season of waiting and hope help us to strengthen one another and to offer hope to the world as we look forward to that great day of everlasting joy. Let us gather...

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Matthew tells us the story today of God's great gift of Jesus, while the world around us is deeply into the Christmas gift-giving season. As the season of Advent comes to a close, we bring gifts ourselves this morning, gifts for the church to use in God's name for the healing and hope of the world. Let us gather...

When the shepherds heard the Good News the angels brought, they responded by going to see God's great gift of Jesus, and by glorifying and praising God. In the same way, we respond to the amazing things God is doing when we bring our gifts, too, praising God and giving God glory. Let us gather...

First Sunday of Christmas
The prophet Isaiah remembers so many things God has done for the people out of the abundance of God's steadfast love. God continues to bless the world with abundance, and we share our gifts today out of that abundance in the hope that this church will be a blessing to the world. Let us gather...

Like the Wise Ones long ago, we bring gifts from the heart to honor the newborn Christ Child. Like the Wise Ones long ago, may we be overwhelmed with joy at the marvelous things God is doing in this world. Let us gather...

First Sunday after the Epiphany (Baptism of the Lord)
This morning we hear the story of the baptism of Jesus and remember our own baptism. God has called us to this place, to this church, to be the Body of Christ in the world today. Our gifts make this a bold and courageous and compassionate church. Let us gather...

Second Sunday after the Epiphany
When Andrew found Jesus the Messiah, he immediately wanted to share this good news with his brother, Simon. In the same way, we want to share the good news of Jesus Christ with one another and with the world around us, and our gifts today are one way we spread that good news. Let us gather...

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Jesus called the apostles away from their boats and their nets, and they followed him. When we turn away from selfishness and fear and share generously what we've received, we are following in the footsteps of Jesus and his disciples long ago. Let us gather...

Transfiguration Sunday
Some experiences are too hard to describe with words. When Peter saw Jesus shining with the radiance of God, he wanted to do something to honor the moment. Today, our gifts honor the many moments we have seen God shining through our lives and the life of this church. Let us gather...

Offering Invitations for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Seasons, Year A was written by Rev. Kathryn Matthews Huey, Minister for Covenantal Stewardship, Stewardship and Church Finances Ministry Team, LCM. Worship Ways, Vol. 7, No. 1

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

Rev. Scott A. Ressman
Minister for Worship, Music and Liturgical Arts
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115