Advent 4 Full of God’s Word Narrative Lectionary Year 4

Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]

Psalm 96:7-10

Call to Worship

Ascribe to the Lord , O families of people!

We will ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!

Ascribe to the Lord, all the glory due God’s Name!

We will Worship God in holy splendor with all the earth!

Prayer of Confession: God, we confess that we are not always full of the good news. Sometimes we stop short of sharing God with others. We are uncertain about how to share, or are afraid of how to frame our faith. Teach us to share Christ in a loving and compassionate way we pray, Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: God is good, all the time. Hear the good news: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: God, teach us the good news, remind us of it everyday we pray. Amen.

Hymns: See Advent Candle Suggestions

Children: What do you good with good news? Who would you tell the good news to first? How is good news spread? Also a great Resource: An Unexpected Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM1XusYVqNY

If you find these resources useful please consider contributing to my Doctorate in Ministry in Creative Writing!

Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant for 7 years, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times. "Hallows, not Horcruxes" Harry Potter

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