United Church of Strafford, Vermont

Category: Advent Resources


Upcoming Service Notes for December 22, 2019, Mary Sunday

The Fourth Sunday of Advent is the climax, the most beautiful, hopeful, peaceful and quietly joyful of the season, and also perhaps the most empowering and most foundational to the spiritual and active life of the entire church year.  At…

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Upcoming Service Notes for December 15, 2019, Pageant Sunday

Greta Thunberg has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year just days in advance of her appearance alongside Malala Yousafzai in Annemieke McLane’s new original Christmas Pageant entitled, “One Voice.”  The play is about a little shepherd in Bethlehem…

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Upcoming Service Notes for December 8, 2019, Second Sunday of Advent

We light the candle of Peace on the Second Sunday of Advent and reflect on the things that make for peace. Two weeks ago Pope Francis took a step beyond where other Popes have stood and called for the abolition…

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The Longest Night: Facing the Darkness Together, Saturday, December 21 5:00-6:00 PM

This season comes with a constant cultural refrain of gathering with family and friends, of celebrating and giving, of spending money and experiencing happiness—and yet many people find it a source of more pain than gladness.  Even in the holiday…

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Upcoming Service Notes for December 1, 2019, First Sunday of Advent

Advent is magical, in the sense of having a mysterious power to transport us.  Its power is complex—part nostalgia, part longing for what is coming, part the beauty of its greens and candles and music, part the wonderful feeling of…

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Advent 2019 Suggested Reading: Active Hope

The four Sundays of Advent focus on Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  We light candles to remind ourselves of the light that shines in the darkness that the darkness cannot overcome.  Advent is a season of waiting, watching and preparing…

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Church Newsletter, November 20, 2019

You can read our Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany newsletter by clicking below: Strafford Church Newsletter Nov 2019  

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Upcoming Service Notes for November 10, 2019, Advent Preparation Sunday

Advent is only a month away.  You get a special gift this Sunday if you love Advent—you get to immerse in the themes and some of the beautiful traditional hymns of the season in advance.  You also get a special…

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2019 Thanksgiving to Epiphany Holiday Calendar

This is the lineup of holiday and holy day services and events so far: Sun. Nov. 24   Thanksgiving Sunday, celebrating Thanksgiving in 10:00 AM worship in our sanctuary with traditional hymns and scriptures. Thurs. Nov. 28   Strafford Interfaith Thanksgiving Service…

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Upcoming Service Notes, December 24, 10 AM & 5 PM

We will have a 10:00 AM Fourth Sunday of Advent service and a 5:00 PM Christmas Eve service this Sunday. The 5:00 PM Service will combine the traditional Lessons and Carols format with congregational candle lighting and the singing of…

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