Fourth Sunday of Advent 2018, Year C — Planning Notes


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Fourth Sunday of Advent — December 23, 2018


Calendar Notes

December 24    Christmas Eve (evening)
December 25    Christmas Day
December 26    Kwanzaa
December 31    Watch Night/New Year’s Eve

January 1     New Year’s Eve / Holy Name of Jesus
January 6     Epiphany Sunday/Epiphany
January 13   Baptism of the Lord
January 11   Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 20   Human Relations Day
January 21   Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 20   Ecumenical Sunday

All Month       Black History Month
February 10   Scouting Ministries Sunday
February 18   Presidents Day (USA)

March 1        World Day of Prayer
March 3        Transfiguration of the Lord
March 6        Ash Wednesday, and Lent Begins
March 31      UMCOR Sunday




Planning for this Series

This is the fourth and final Sunday of Advent. Taylor Burton-Edwards says,

The fullest expression of Advent for this day is found in Mary’s Song. Consider focusing worship and preaching around what the world looks like through the lens of her pregnancy with Jesus. Consider, too, using the Mary Song in a variety of ways and settings throughout worship—as a song of praise (opening worship) to a song of examination (preceding a confession of faith or the sermon) to a Confession of Faith (following the sermon), and possibly even as the concluding hymn of sending.  But do sing it!

This week’s theme word is Welcome. This is a natural word for the week, as we look forward to welcoming the Christ child.

Tomorrow, on the 24th, Christmas season will begin. We will have Christmas Eve and the first Sunday after Christmas, and close our season with Epiphany of the Lord on January 6. But for Advent 4, keep the mood expectant on the coming of Christ child.