Monthly Archives: August 2009

An Advent Jesse Tree for at Home, 2011

We do not have a Christmas tree as part of our Advent or Christmas celebrations.  This was a conscious choice when we were blessed to be able to adopt our son.  We decided instead to have an Advent Jesse Tree. … Continue reading

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The Traveling Nativity Scene

The Traveling Nativity Scene (or Creche) In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi first thought of celebrating the birth of Christ in a new way, by recreating in church the scene of the first Christmas.  Over the centuries it has become … Continue reading

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How the Christian Calendar Came To Be

How the Christian Calendar Came To Be * An important resource for what follows is James F. White’s 1990 revised edition of Introduction to Christian Worship. How we now celebrate the calendar is not in fact how it came to … Continue reading

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About the Christian Calendar

About the Christian Calendar * An important resource for what follows is James F. White’s 1990 revised edition of Introduction to Christian Worship The narrative of Jesus’ earthly life, his death, resurrection, ascension and gift of the Spirit at Pentecost … Continue reading

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Why the Christian Seasons?

Why the Christian Seasons? The seasons of the Christian Year – Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost – give shape and form to our corporate worship.  The early church had largely established the seasonal celebrations by … Continue reading

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The Gift of Worship

The Gift of Worship: The Importance of the Worshiping Church and Nurturing Our Connection to It that is our Work at Home… What Worship Is… Worship (from the old English weorthscipe, “worth-ship”) is our gift to the Triune God who … Continue reading

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Season After Pentecost Table Centre

This is a picture of the “circle of friends” that we use as our table centre piece throughout the Season After Pentecost.  It works well as a symbol of the church post Pentecost:  disciples gathered around the light of Christ, … Continue reading

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