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December 2021

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The Blessing of Home

Come Home for Christmas

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

The story takes over this week. Let’s just admit it. The story that we’ve learned and told and retold, the story that we’ve sentimentalized and Disney-fied, the story that has produced songs and dramas, movies and poems. And yet through it all, the story persists. The story draws. It defies explanation.

Colors


  • Purple
  • Blue

The Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season is often experienced as time folding in on itself. We visit the age-old story of a baby born in a manger with familiar songs, family traditions, and foods that help us celebrate. Still, we experience each retelling anew as we come to this time with another year in our rearview mirror and with it an awareness of things lost, things found, and things realized. So, we come home, back to our familiar beginning of the Christian year, older, wiser, and maybe more hopeful and thankful for what God has provided and where God is leading us in a new season.

“Come Home for Christmas” is an invitation to start over while also remembering who we are. It’s an invitation to a banquet feast with a table of grace filled to overflowing. It’s an invitation to remember what we’ve been through and remember that no matter what, God calls us to come home, where we are cherished and loved. So, let’s look at some songs of invitation that can be used throughout this series. The following pieces reflect the theme, and you will want to balance some of these pieces with songs that are familiar and meaningful to your congregation during this season. Coming home invokes a sense of familiarity and knowing what to expect. Balancing that with some fresh renditions of God’s story will enhance everyone’s experience this season!

Abbreviations:

  • TFWS=The Faith We Sing
  • UMH=United Methodist Hymnal
  • W&S=Worship & Song

THEME SONGS FOR THIS SERIES

SERVICE MUSIC

Other Music for Specific Weeks

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In This Series...


First Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Christmas Eve, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes First Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes

Colors


  • Purple
  • Blue

In This Series...


First Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Christmas Eve, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes First Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes