2018 Advent/Christmas Resources and Events
The United Church of Christ website and Global Ministries have a number of resources to assist worship planners throughout the Advent season. Check this webpage regularly for updates.
2018 Advent Devotionals and Resources (from the UCC):
Advent books and devotionals are available from UCC Resources. Click HERE to view them.
UCC Worship Ways provides lectionary-based services for Advent. Click HERE to view these resources for "Advent Season, Year C."
"Alternative Christmas" Special Giving Options (from Global Ministries):
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 (from Global Ministries):
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 (from Global Ministries):
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!
Stories, songs and ideas for worship services (from World Council of Churches):
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.
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.
Preaching Advent (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.
Advent Events from Around the Conference
Ewa Community Church (91-1258 Renton Road, Ewa) will offer a Blue Christmas Worship Service on Thursday, December 20, at 6 p.m.
Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu), in joint collaboration with Church of the Crossroads, First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Institute for Human Services (IHS), Kailua United Methodist Church, and Manoa Valley Church, will host Blue Christmas: A Service of Reflection for the Longest Night, on Friday, December 21, at 6:30 p.m. in their Atherton Memorial Chapel.
Kawaiaha'o Church (957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu) will host their 'Ohana Christmas Free Family Fun Fair on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22, from 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., on both days. There will be a free Christmas dinner to the first 500 guests, a youth talent show with monetary awards, a Christmas drama with audience singing, poi making, games, arts and crafts, and much more. Deadline to submit an application and sample video for the Youth Talent Show is December 14. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-694-9600.
'Ohana e Ke Akua Community Choir will present the Christmas Cantata by Tom Fetkke/Camp Kirkland, Canticle of Christmas, at Lili'uokalani Protestant Church (66-090 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa) on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m. Come fellowship with everyone as they sing to the Lord in this holiday season!
United Church of Christ – Judd Street (467 North Judd Street, Honolulu) presents O Lux! A Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 22, at 6 p.m. UCC – Judd's Music Ministries and guest artists from the community come together to make your Christmas bright with music for the holidays! This inaugural free concert features UCC – Judd's Church Choir, Bell Choir, 'Ukulele Classes, and guests La Sorellanza—Sisterhood in Song. An eclectic variety of music with something for every musical taste from Bach to Queen and everything in between! For more information, call 808-536-8418 or email email@example.com.
Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church (3815 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe) will hold a Christmas Eve Service on December 24 at 7 p.m. and all are welcome.
Nu'uanu Congregational Church (2651 Pali Highway, Honolulu) will host its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Monday, December 24 at 7 p.m. Come and celebrate the birth of Christ as they read lessons, sing carols, and enjoy special music by A Touch of Brass and the Chancel Choir.
*If your church would like to post Advent or Christmas events or worship service resources, send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.