United Church of Strafford, Vermont

Category: Advent Resources


NOËL CONCERT Premiere November 29, 2020 4:30 PM

Please join us for the premiere of the NOËL CONCERT Premiere on the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020 at 4:30 PM. We will be watching this concert together with its performers at its YouTube premiere at https://youtu.be/KKduwz8JoXk.  You can…

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Rev. Deadra Ashton Reflection, November 19, 2020

We invited the Rev. Deadra Bachorik Ashton to reflect on what we as a people need right now, after all we have been through in 2020, in order to nurture our spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical health. Deadre is a…

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Hymns and Reading for Live Service November 8, 2020

Here are two hymns for the live Advent Preparation Sunday service on Zoom on Sunday, November 8th.  (To find out how to view the service click here.) Comfort, Comfort Ye My People conditor alme7c And here is a reading for…

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Sermon from November 8, 2020

Preparing for “God With Us”Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, VermontNovember 8, 2020   Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost,Advent Preparation SundayJeremiah 33:14-16, Philippians 2:1-9, and verses from Isaiah 60, Mark 1 & 13 and Luke 1 [You can watch a…

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Tools for Calm and Wisdom: Welcoming and Centering Prayer Practices

Which would feel better to you: to be anxious, tense, fretting, enslaved to obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior, despairing…or as calm as you can be under the circumstances, resting in quiet trust, finding a place of inner peace even in…

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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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