A RESOURCE FOR ADVENT, CHRISTMAS AND EPIPHANY
by Anna L. Liechty and Phyllis Vos Wezeman
This e-book (PDF file) is a resource for Christian educators, clergy and worship teams that uses well-known Christmas hymns to communicate the story of Jesus' birth. Each candle of an Advent wreath is assigned a phrase that also serves as the focus for a first-person narrative and weekly themes of Hope, Peace, Faith, Love, Joy, or Life. Each week's theme forms the basis of a children's story tying together Scripture, music, narrative, and lesson.
Themes and Scripture passages for the four weeks of Advent, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and Epiphany Sunday include:
- First Sunday of Advent: Sing Hope
- Second Sunday of Advent: Sing Peace
- Third Sunday of Advent: Sing Faith
- Fourth Sunday of Advent: Sing Love
- Christmas Eve or Christmas Day: Sing Joy
- Epiphany Sunday: Sing Life
Through their participation in this seasonal series, people of all ages will find their hearts singing the message of Christmas with new understanding. Includes education, worship and craft ideas for home, Sunday School classes and worship. Six sessions: Worship (including Children's sermons), Nurture (families), Education (Sunday school sessions) and Enhancements (reproducible designs for banners, posters, etc.).