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2020 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 (2020: November 29, December 6, 13, 20) 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).

Resources

The following are resources and opportunities from the wider Church. If you have resources to share, please submit them to coconutwireless@hcucc.org.
 

 From the UCC 

Advent books and devotionals are available from UCC Resources. Click HERE to view them. If you have resources to share with the wider Church, please submit them to coconutwireless@hcucc.org
 

3 Great Loves Advent Toolkit

Help promote your congregation and the message of expectation this Advent with this FREE toolkit containing graphics, videos, and instructions.

Faith-based Organizing Training for Justice

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.

A Very UCC Christmas: 2020

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.

 

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2020 Events

Events around the Hawai‘i Conference

*To share Advent or Christmas events or resources, send submissions to coconutwireless@hcucc.org.

 Blue Christmas 
Blue Christmas Service (also called Longest Night Service) is a somber, gentle worship that recognizes the hurt, pain, grief, and sorrow that some of us feel at a time when merriment and celebration are expected. Due to personal loss, trauma, or overwhelming anxiety about the state of our world, Blue Christmas allows sacred space to be made for those of us who need contemplative shared worship. Sharing our grief together reminds us that we are not alone in the feelings we have during a season of celebration, more especially in this year of so much loss.

 

Ewa Community Church

Wednesday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m.

This virtual service is in conjunction with Blue Zone Hawai'i, Hawai'i Pacific Islander and Asian American Ministries (PAAM), Life 360, and the pastors of Kahikuonalani Church, Pearl City Community Church, Sione Ueseli Samoan Methodist Church, and Filipino United Church of Christ. There will be special music and dance. The Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches (AHEC)'s Papa Makua, Wendell Davis, will also be participating. Watch the service on the church's website.

Community Church of Honolulu - Service of Comfort

During this time of year, when the rest of the world wants us to be happy and joyful and festive, many of us feel something else. Some of us feel lonely, some of us feel angry, and some of us feel sad. There is good news, my friends, during this season of Advent, there is room for these feelings too! "Comfort, comfort, O my people" is a blessing ushered by Isaiah knowing that this season, alongside Hope, Peace, Joy and Love, needs also the gift of comfort for many of us - ESPECIALLY this year.

 

Join Community Church of Honolulu in a safe and sacred space of worship where God invites us to release all these feelings and beckons us to lie safely in God's arms, if only for a little while. Participate in this Service of Comfort at a time that is convenient for you by clicking HERE.

 

Pearl City Community Church is offering "The Healing Power of God," a virtual Blue Christmas Service on Sunday, December 20, at 6:00 p.m.

Connect via YouTube or Facebook.
 

Hawai‘i Kai UCC
Monday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook

 Waiola Church 

Acknowledging the various places of discomfort many of us are in, Waiola Church will be offering a Virtual Blue Christmas Service on the longest night of the year, Monday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m. With an emphasis on candles and meditation, we invite you to ready four candles in your worship space to light during the service. Watch a trailer about the Blue Christmas Service HERE.

 Christmas Eve Worship • Thursday, December 24, 2020 

Hawai‘i Kai UCC 7:00 p.m. on Facebook

Central Union Church - 8:30 p.m. premiere online