Six New Things – Week of November 2

On the eve of Election Day, A Sacred Art offers Resources for Election Season: A Liturgy for Hope and Release, among others. Our Election Day: Preparations / Vigil / Aftermath Great Idea highlights preaching, worship and vigil resources; and fun, intergenerational, and more serious community engagement opportunities. In the aftermath, The World Is about to Turn: Mending a Nation’s Broken Faith (Chalice) might engender healing discussions.

Strengthen your preaching skills for sharing the gospel message of healing and hope with Luther Seminary’s annual Festival of Homiletics: Preaching for the Future Church (registration is now open).

When life gets overwhelming for others, you might offer From the Depths: Prayers for Grieving the Loss of a Partner or The Great Belonging: How Loneliness Leads Us to Each Other (both Broadleaf). Become better equipped for helping others cope and thrive through UCC Congregations for Mental Health Fall 2020 Seminar.

And if all of that is overwhelming for you: Develop your own Wellness Recovery Plan or strengthen your personal awareness through United Seminary’s Trauma Informed Ministry workshops (Zoom:; Password: Hutt).

Empower young ones in developing their personal awareness and confidence as they grow into their true selves with So Big and So Small (Beaming), Julian at the Wedding (Candlewick) and I Am Every Good Thing (Nancy Paulsen).

Invite those confident Littles to be leaders this Advent in Over the Hills and Everywhere: An Advent Liturgy, an online, intergenerational Nativity Narrative from The Ministry Lab.

Or, choose from a number of Advent bundles that include varying combinations of pageants, bulletins, art projects, Bible studies and/or devotionals. A Sacred Art‘s Those Who Dream includes stunning words and visual art to get you through Christmas; Elsa Cook’s Twinkly Lights in Blue Days: An Advent Devotional – Pandemic Version is built to assist those who find it hard to rejoice or hope this year; Olu Brown’s Hope: An Advent Journey (Market Square) offers free resources and worship helps; and R-Squared’s Advent 2020: Seeking Jesus, the Advent of Justice and Peace “invites you to become co-creators with God of a world where racial and other injustices are confronted… learning and truth-telling are taken seriously, and children learn that spiritual formation… should stir in all of us a deep yearning to right wrongs…”

See our Advent & Christmas Worship and Faith Formation lib guides for more great ideas.