CHECK HERE OFTEN TO SEE WHAT’S NEW OR ON-THE-WAY FROM THE MINISTRY LAB AND OUR CREATIVE PARTNERS!
Looking for a Christmas Pageant that meets your congregation’s ‘Intentionality‘ need?
In collaboration with Peace UCC, Duluth, Zwingli UCC/The Berne Church, Berne, and Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA), Laporte, this year’s Christmas pageant turned out to be replete with Minnesota references, so here is: Prepare: The Northwoods Get Ready.
This pageant is based on reflections from three Minnesota congregations, from elders and children, parents and youth – all responding to questions of how characters in the biblical story (Luke 2:1-20) – and/or characters imagined into the story – might have – or did – think outside the box to prepare for Christ’s birth – even in the middle of dangerous, terrifying, uncontrollable circumstances and times. You are invited to settle in: prepare to engage a familiar story with a few twists and turns, a little bit of time-warping, and a decidedly fresh and entirely Northwoods cast of characters – all of them getting ready for the birth of God.
Spoiler-alert: Get ready to meet: Sheep Dog Wayne, aka, ‘The Great One’; Shepherds who incite a party/Love protest; a Flamboyance of Angels (who may or may not resemble both the Aurora Borealis and/or a PRIDE parade); Baby-Shower-Throwers who look a lot like your own Church Basement Women and Men; and your own local Night Patrol Officer Frank – among a few others.
Contact ED Emily Meyer for access: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepare: The Northwoods Get Ready – The Pageant – is set in a full worship liturgy appropriate for the Second or Third Sunday of Advent. The liturgy includes a confessional Advent Wreath Lighting, hymn suggestions (UCC- & ELCA-hymnal friendly), and prayers, and centers the pageant as the sermon.
Contact ED Emily Meyer for access to the Prepare Liturgy: email@example.com.
This year’s Illustrate-Your-Own Christmas Eve sermon is on its way. It’ll be formatted so congregation members can illustrate a single verse or phrase of the rhyming-meter telling of the Christmas story (and sermonic reflections appropriate for this particular Christmas). Share it in a Children’s Story Time format (projecting images if you’ve got the tech) for a family-friendly Christmas Eve or First Sunday after Christmas sermon.
We’re also creating a Readings and Carols formatted service for the First Sunday after Christmas that will include a brief sermonic/homily reflection after each reading. Sing some Christmas favorites that may not have made their way into your Advent or Christmas Eve services, enjoy another rhyming-meter reflection, interspersed with essential readings at the conclusion of the Christmas Season.