Advent Candle liturgies
Three liturgies for use through Advent by Mark Earey and Alison Richards, each built around hymns in Singing the Faith, including Mark Earey’s own advent hymn “Advent candles tell their story” (StF 165) and Bernadette Farrell’s hymn, “Longing for light, we wait in darkness” (“Christ, be our light!”) (StF 706).
Four more candle hymns available only from StF+
- Candles with light upon the Advent Ring by Dominic Grant – reflects on important Advent themes echoed in the stories of three women in the Hebrew Scriptures – Esther, Hannah and Ruth
- Light we now our candle flame – a hymn of the Trinity by New Zealand-based Methodist, Norman Goreham
- And, finally, two more recent additions, both by Dominic Grant. The days are surely coming draws upon the lectionary readings for Advent in Year C; while Light a candle for Jesus the King makes use of the tune for the popular carol “The Little Drummer Boy”
New Advent hymns
More hymns for Advent and Christmas by Gareth Hill and Laurence Wareing
Methodist Advent Offering Resources
Service resources on the theme of “Keeping Hope alive”. Prepared to support churches in holding an Advent Offering service for the Mission in Britain Fund during Advent Sunday 2015 – including Leaders’ Notes and an Order of Service. All resources available in English and Welsh.
Hope in dark times: AIDS and Advent
World AIDS Day is marked this year on Tuesday 1 December.
Christingle and other Advent resources
Composer Valerie Ruddle’s easy-to-use introduction to the Advent hymns in Singing the Faith, plus ideas for Christingle and links to other prayers and resources.
Christian Aid resources
New Advent and Christmas resources for 2015 on the precious gifts of hope, peace, joy and love; also including this year ‘Three Very Wise Men: a short nativity play’.