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Worship Throughout the Year

 Prayer of Thanksgiving for Advent Eucharist

The following liturgy for the Lord’s Supper features images appropriate to the season of Advent. Other texts are included in the sample services in the next chapter.

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Advent Blessings

The following blessings are based on traditional texts used in Advent worship. The images they convey are appropriate to the sense of waiting and expectation that is central to Advent worship.

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THE ARTS IN ADVENT WORSHIP

Advent is a season for seeing, hearing, touching, imagining. Advent Scripture readings are filled with evocative images and Advent anticipation has inspired some of the most cherished music in the Christian church. Every tradition of Christian worship has developed meaningful ways of leading Advent worship through the arts. This section presents several ideas for incorporating the arts into Advent worship.

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Perspectives on the Environment for Advent Worship

Advent worship involves both penitence and joy, moods that can be conveyed by the visual environment of the worship space. Adapt the following suggestions to local custom.

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A Sample Advent Banner

Since the Scripture readings for Advent are filled with so many images, Advent banners are helpful in portraying their message in a colorful and powerful symbolic way. Always begin preparations for Advent by considering the Scripture lessons that will be read. The following description is one example of a visual image that is based on an appropriate Scripture reading.

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The Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath, which hangs at the front of the church with its five candles, symbolizes the coming of Christ. Sample texts that can accompany the lighting of the candles are printed ealier in this chapter.

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An Anthology of Hymns and Songs for Advent

Advent symbolizes three distinct historical events of Scripture:

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An Advent Dance

The dance below is an Entrance dance that may be used with the prayers centering around the Advent wreath. It is based on the well-known hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

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SAMPLE ADVENT SERVICES

This section features three sample services for the Sundays of Advent and two occasional services that may be held during Advent. The full texts of the Sunday services are presented along with commentary that articulates the theological and liturgical rationale for the various acts of worship and describes the non-textual dimensions of the services. Planners may adapt the entire service or parts of the service into a form suitable for their congregation. These texts and commentaries may also be used for study by liturgical planners or educational ministries in local congregations.

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A Traditional Service for Advent Part I

The following service is a creative adaptation of the traditional pattern and texts for worship in the season of Advent. It will be of particular help for those who plan more formal Advent worship. For others, the commentary included with this service will provide a guide to thoughtful planning for the Advent season.

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