2021 Advent & Christmas
Resources and Events
"Advent" comes from the Latin word adventus, which means "coming". The season of Advent is marked by the four Sundays (in 2021: November 28, December 5, 12, 19) leading up to Christmas. It is a season of waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ on Christmas, which lasts for 12 days until Epiphany (January 6).
The following are resources and opportunities from the wider Church. If you have resources to share, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the UCC
Awaken: An Antiracist Advent Devotional, was created by the Antiracism Ministry of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ.
O Come, Advent, is a new multimedia resource from the United Church of Christ and the United Church of Canada that features readings for a candle-lighting ritual, along with new music videos that can be used for in-person or online worship.
Creation Justice Ministries shares Advent reflections on their blog.
Help promote your congregation and the message of expectation this Advent with this FREE toolkit containing graphics, videos, and instructions.
Four Theological Framings of Resistance as Discipleship. Gain tools to help you understand: basic organizing & embodiment; direct action & risk assessment; communication & accompaniment; and trauma care and healing space.
Eleven digital hymns, a movie and a pageant of lessons and carols, produced by the national setting of the United Church of Christ, available to local churches for Advent and Christmas.
Advent-Christmas devotional booklet (from UCC Minister Kathryn Schreiber):
"Advent-Christmas: Creation Awaits Christ Devotional Booklet"
contains a devotional for each week of Advent and one for Christmas; it includes chants, candle lighting prayers, readings, invitations to reflect, pray, and set a spiritual intention, as well as a closing blessing.
From Global Ministries
"Alternative Christmas" Special Giving Options
This Advent, give the true gifts of the season—hope, joy, peace, love—with an alternative Christmas gift through Global Ministries. Click HERE to learn more.
Advent and Christmas Resources
Global Ministries offers a variety of Advent and Christmas resources including webinars, reflections, advocacy, ecumenical statements and more.
Ahlan wa Sahlan! - Welcome! Advent Stories for Children
Ahlan wa Sahlan: Welcome! Advent Stories for Children is a curriculum designed to help children connect the Christmas stories in the Bible to real children who live in those places today. See how they find meaning in the stories from the Bible that happened in their hometowns!
From World Council of Churches
Stories, songs and ideas for worship services
Worship material has been prepared in different regions of the world, including two booklets with worship outlines for the four Sundays of Advent, meditations, stories and songs on peace.
From Center for Progressive Renewal
Preaching Advent is a four-week, on-demand course that includes content and resources from Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Rev. Jim Keat, and other preachers to spark new insights and ideas for you to explore as you are Preaching Advent.
Events around the Hawai‘i Conference
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Iao UCC Adopts H.A.R.F. for Christmas: Iao UCC (2371 West Vineyard Street, Wailuku) has adopted Hawai'i Animal Rescue Foundation (H.A.R.F.) to bring Christmas cheer to the animals in their rescue center. Consider purchasing items on their wish list and bringing them to Iao UCC on or before December 26 so they can be blessed and sent to the rescue center.
Kawaiaha'o Church Presents Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus Christmas Concert: Kawaiaha'o Church (957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu) will host a free Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 11, at 7 p.m.
Celebrate Ali'i Sunday and Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop at Kawaiaha'o Church (957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu) on Sunday, December 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Central Union to Hold Longest Night Service: All are welcome to gather for Blue Christmas: A Service of Reflection for the Longest Night in the Central Union Church's Sanctuary (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu), on Tuesday, December 21, at 6:30 p.m. Mask use will be required and social distancing will be encouraged. Call 808-941-0957 for more information. Read more about a Blue Christmas service HERE.
Iao UCC to Hold In-Person and Virtual Blue Christmas Service: Join Iao UCC (2371 West Vineyard Street, Wailuku) in person or virtually for their Blue Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 21, at 6 p.m.
Central Union Presents an Evening of Music: Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu) presents Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Goedecke's Kalikimaka: A Lei of Carols on Wednesday, December 22, at 7 p.m. The evening will feature Ke Aloha Pau 'Ole, an ensemble that is part of the church's choral program dedicated to the performance of sacred music within Hawai'i's choral legacy. All are welcome to attend this evening of music.
Kawaiaha'o Church Hosts Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Join Kawaiaha'o Church (957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu) for a very special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Sacrament of Holy Communion on Friday, December 24, at 6 p.m.
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Iao UCC: Iao UCC (2371 West Vineyard Street, Wailuku) will host a Christmas Eve Service in person and virtually on Friday, December 24, at 7 p.m.
Lili‘uokalani Church to Air Christmas Eve Service on YouTube: Lili'uokalani Protestant Church is preparing for the Christmas Eve program to be aired on YouTube on December 24 at 7 p.m. With the help of Kahu Mau and Kahu Kekoa, we will have the theme, "ALOHA KEKAHI I KEKAHI" (Love One Another). The theme is also for the world to share the ALOHA spirit. Hawai'i is the only state that can unite everyone. Why? According to Aunty Paki.: "When the world is in turmoil, Hawai'i can save the world with the word, ALOHA." The program will include Hawaiian scriptures, Hawaiian Silent Night with hula, keiki choirs (Tongan/English), youth choir from WUCC, adult choir (Jubilate Deo-Latin), a Japanese song for hope, and Kahu Kekoa delivering the sermon. Hopefully we share the word of ALOHA to the whole world. After all, Hawai'i is the melting pot of the world!! In spite of our differences we must love one another because Jesus died for all of us. God created mankind. ALOHA KEKAHI I KEKAHI!