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Planning for Advent and Christmas Season 2015-2016

Presented by Taylor W. Burton-EdwardsDirector of Worship Resources

8:30 p.m. EDT

7:30 pm CDT

6:30 pm MDT

5:30 pm PDT

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Thanks to Generous GiversThis webinar is provided as a service of Discipleship Ministries and is funded through generous World Service apportionment giving by local United Methodist congregations. 

© 2015 The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for use by church leaders in ministry settings and in local churches so long as it is not sold for profit or placed on a website not owned or operated by The General Board of Discipleship.

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A little bit about me…3

Director of Worship Resources since 2005Elder, Indiana

Conference

Liturgy editor for Discipleship Ministries Worship websitehttp://www.umcworship.org

Host of UMC Worship Facebook Group,

UMC Worship blog (

http://umcworship.blogspot.com

) and

Emerging UMC blog (

http://emergingumc.blogspot.com

)Email: worship@umcdiscipleship.orgTwitter: @twbe

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Let us pray.4

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MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

FLOW

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MOOD

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MOOD

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MOOD

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MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

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BASIS

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BASIS

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BASIS

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OUTCOMES

Informed

InspiredChallenged

Moved/SENTChanged/HealedComfortedInitiated/Connected

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MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

FLOW

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MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

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Advent

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MOOD

Advent

Historically: Scary, thrilling, admonitory, penitential

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BASIS

Advent

Historically: The Culmination of All Things in Christ (eschatology)– including the Second Coming, Great Tribulation and the Last Judgment, with John the Baptist’s ministry and Mary’s song/prophecy pointing forward to these things.

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OUTCOMES

Advent

Historically: A “secondary” season of baptismal preparation, with baptism at Christmas and/or Epiphany

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FLOW

Advent

Historically: 7 weeks, parallel with Lent, from just after All Saints through December 24 (day), until “shortened” to 4 weeks in the West by Pope Gregory

VI

in the 11

th

century

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Advent

Catechumenate

(and so purpose of extended baptismal preparation) faded away

Saints Days overshadowed the SundaysThe basic readings were NOT changed– so still 7 weeks of related materialsBecame a penitential season with eschatological overtones (but not center) leading into a joyous season (Christmas)

What Happened to Advent in the West?

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Advent

In the US through the 19

th

century many Protestants observed days more than seasons (Christmas, Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Civic Holidays, Denominational Program Days, Thanksgiving)Aesthetic movement in early 20th century “restored” Advent, but primarily as preparation /lead-in to Christmas

Christmas Retail-Industrial-Vacation Complex

What Happened to Advent in the West?

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Advent

Results:

1) United Methodists have “restored” Advent in official resourcing as of 1989 hymnal/1992 BOW

2) Many Protestant resources for Advent frame it as a time to “simplify” or “contemplate” or “prepare one’s heart” for Christmas… a season also typically not kept because of holiday/vacation schedules3) Themes for “American Protestantized” Advent often have more to do with winter, childbirth or “journey to Bethlehem” than the culmination of all things in Christ

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Advent

Results:

4) Congregations, pastors/musicians and end up crossways about music, preaching and the “decoration of the church” during the four weeks normally designated as Advent

5) Bottom line: We end up often with a lose-lose-lose situation. Pastors and leaders trying to be faithful the the purposes of Advent and Christmas are forced into a compromise position on both. That compromise, in turn, tends not to give either season the time or focus each requires. And this means the congregation gets little if any formation in eschatology or

incarnation.

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Advent

So what can we do?

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Advent

Christmas

MOOD

MOOD

Apocalyptic: The Age to Come Breaking into This Present

Age (anticipation with fear and joy)

Joy, Awe, Wonder,

and

Threat

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BASIS

Advent

BASIS

Christmas

Eschatology: The culmination of all things in Christ as prelude to the celebration of the incarnation

Baptismal/(re)

affirmational

preparation

Incarnation and the disruptions/aftermath that entails

Baptism or (re)affirmation at Christmas, Epiphany, New Year and/or Baptism of the Lord

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Advent

Christmas

OUTCOMES

OUTCOMES

Informing

Doctrine

Inspiring

Hope

Practicing Change in Light of the End

Informing

Doctrine

Initiating/Deepening Commitment

to Christ

Challenge to Live the Way of God’s Kingdom

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Advent

Christmas

FLOW

FLOW

Start? Normal OR count back from date of baptism or (re)affirmation as far as Sunday after All Saints

Ongoing: Lectionary OR stepwise progress week to week

End: Segue into Christmas (Christmas Eve OR earlier)

Start? Christmas Eve OR earlier

Ongoing: “Normal” OR “Radical” Lectionary or your own “stepwise” plan leading to baptism

End: Segue into Season after Epiphany and calling new persons to prepare for discipleship

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BASIS

Advent

Eschatology/ Baptismal preparation

Which of these will be your better focus this year– or might both?

Realistically

, how much time do you need to develop the basis you choose AND still give Christmas the time it needs for its focus?

Suggestion: If you’re doing baptismal preparation as part of this season, give yourself at least 6-7 weeks from beginning to when you set the date of baptisms.

Baptism Advent Starts

Jan 10 Nov 22/29

Jan 3 Nov 22

Jan 1 Nov 15/22Dec 25 Nov 15

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BASIS

Christmas

Incarnation/aftermath and baptism/(re)affirmation

Which of these focuses (or both) will you address this year?

How much time do you need to address it/them

given

schedules?

Suggestion: Try for at least

four

services (including Christmas Eve), where you know most folks are likely to be present for at least three INCLUDING the baptisms/ (re)affirmation).

Three Foci: Celebrating the birthContemplating the IncarnationRecognizing the aftermathAll with implications for baptism

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BASIS

Advent

Eschatology/ Baptismal preparation

Revised Common Lectionary Themes

“Regular” Advent

November 29:

“Sending a Righteous Branch”

to deliver/restore

(Jeremiah/Psalm

) and make us holy

(Psalm/I Thess), but also with terrifying signs and a call to watch(Luke)December 6: “Here Is Your God” (Malachi/Luke) who brings deliverance and purification (Malachi/Canticle) and prepares us for Christ’s coming (Philippians)December 13: Rejoice (Zeph/Phil/Canticle) in the coming renewal, and live renewed now (Luke)Dec 20: “Blessed are They Who Believe” A Messiah comes from Bethlehem (Micah) to establish God’s rule (Magnificat) and fulfill God’s way (Hebrews). Blessed are those who believe (Luke)

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BASIS

Advent

Eschatology/ Baptismal preparation

Revised Common Lectionary Themes

“Regular” Advent

“Anchor Images”*/

Taglines

a) Should be clear on Advent 1

b) Should connect across the season in

some way

“That you may be blameless…” I Thess 3:13“He shall execute justice and righteousness in the land…” Jeremiah 33:15“Truly, I tell you…” Luke 21:32*Anchor image is coined byDr. Marcia McFee. http://wwwmarciamcfee.com

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Keepersky_031.jpg

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Advent

MOOD

Apocalyptic: The Age to Come Breaking into This Present Age

“Regular” Advent

Anchor Images/Taglines

“That you may be blameless…”

I

Thess

3:13

“He shall execute justice and righteousness in the land…” Jeremiah 33:15

“Truly, I tell you…” Luke 21:32“The Holy One Approaches” Becoming a holy people“Kingdom Come”What God Is Doing“Believe and Rejoice”– Seeing the world through kingdom eyes

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Advent

FLOW

“The Holy One Approaches” From dread or longing to entire holiness

“Kingdom Come” from local to universal hope

“Believe and Rejoice” from ends to beginnings

“Regular” Advent

Anchor Images/Taglines

“That you may be blameless…”

I

Thess

3:13“He shall execute justice and righteousness in the land…” Jeremiah 33:15“Truly, I tell you…” Luke 21:32

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Advent

FLOW

FLOW

Christmas

Light in the land of darkness to fleeing in the night

From backwater birth to universal fame

Receiving with joy to joyous defiance

Note: Baptism where it makes most sense in this flow– rejoicing/contemplation/threat AND when folks will be there!

“The Holy One Approaches” From dread or longing to entire holiness

“Kingdom Come” from local to universal hope

“Believe and Rejoice” from ends to beginnings

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BASIS

Advent

Eschatology/ Baptismal preparation

Revised Common Lectionary Themes

“Extended” Advent

Use

complementary

series (rather than semi-continuous) for OT/Psalm

November 8:

Life in the House of Death (I Kings/Mark)

November 15: “Deliverance amidst Travail” (Daniel, Mark)November 22: Christ the King coming with the clouds (Daniel, Revelation) and ruling by truth (John)

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BASIS

Advent

“Extended” Advent

Anchor Images/Taglines

a) Should be clear on Advent 1

b) Should connect across the season in some way

Do not be afraid…” I Kings 17:13

“God upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked God brings to ruin” (Psalm 146:9)

“Watch carefully…” Mark 12:38

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Last_Judgement._Jean_Cousin..jpgEschatology/ Baptismal preparation

Revised Common Lectionary Themes

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Advent

FLOW

“Extended” Advent

Anchor Images/Taglines

Do not be afraid…” I Kings 17:13

“God upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked God brings to ruin” (Psalm 146:9)

“Watch carefully…” Mark 12:38

From loss to fulfillment

From complacency to terror

From outer appearances to deepest truth

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Advent

FLOW

FLOW

Christmas

Receiving with

trepidation to

joyous

defiance

From the powers that be to their threatening undoing by Christ

Contemplating

the mystery to countering resistance

From loss to fulfillment

From

complacency to terror

From

outer appearances to deepest truth

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Advent

FLOW

Other Options:

1: “

A Modest Proposal

”-- Start “Advent” two weeks early (November 15), then start Christmas celebration (at least music and decorations) on “regular” Advent 3 (December 13, Joy Sunday)

http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/a-modest-proposal-for-adventchristmas-peace

Pro: Four full weeks of celebrating BOTH Advent AND Christmas (more or less)

Pro: No changes to any lectionaries.

Con: Christmas Season is still “shorted” on doctrinal and formational content because of “Christmastime”

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Advent

FLOW

Other Options:

2.

A Radical Proposal

: Start Advent 2 weeks early, Start Christmas December 13 with Epiphany readings, then After Christmas, the Christmas Eve/Christmas (but flip them), then use Advent 3 and 4 readings after Christmas (after Christmas and “former” Epiphany Sunday).

http://umcworship.blogspot.com/2014/07/celebrate-advent-and-christmas-season.html

Pro: 4 full weeks each of Advent and Christmas Season

Pro: Full content for Christmas Season, and chance to reframe “Advent” readings

Con: Messes with the calendar and lectionary significantly. If you do this, find other congregations to try it with you.

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Advent

FLOW

Other Options:

3.

Spin Your Own–

Develop your own series for Advent (and Christmas Season) to address the basic themes of each season–

Eschatology/Fulfillment of all things in Christ for Advent, Birth/Incarnation and the Threat

Christ

brings to the powers that be for Christmas Season.

Pro: You create series that seem coherent for your context and do what each Season calls us to do

Con: You won’t find much resourcing that does this.Con: You may not be much “in sync” with other Christians during these seasons

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OUTCOMES

Advent

Keep the “regular” seasons

, letting each do what each is supposed to do– but this may shortchange Christmas Season.

Modify the timing for keeping the seasons

:

Extended Advent

– more time for eschatology and baptismal preparation, but doesn’t address Christmas Season issues

Modest Proposal

– adds two weeks to Christmas up front using Advent readings, but may miss core readings

Radical Proposal– Advent gets full treatment and Christmas doctrinal materials are frontloaded to reduce “vacation loss,” but this may effectively de-emphasize Christmas Eve/Day.Spin Your Own– May make great sense locally, but be sure to inform selections via lectionary readings (especially OT) to maintain theological richness

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Advent

Bringing It All Together

1.

Start with the end in mind: forming folks in eschatology to strengthen their discipleship and adoration of the Coming Lord– whether baptismal preparation/baptism is part of the mix this year or not1a. If baptismal preparation IS part of the mix, recruit and train sponsors now!

MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

FLOW

Christmas

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MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

FLOW

Advent

Bringing It All Together

2.

Figure out how much time you need

to accomplish the purposes of Advent and Christmas Season (given local realities) and set your schedule accordingly.

Once schedule is set, notify music leader and other related artists (if you’ve not already been working with them) and invite them to start the active planning process.

Christmas

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MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

FLOW

Advent

Bringing It All Together

3.

Determine which kind of plan you will follow

for Advent and Christmas Season this year– “regular,” “extended,” “modest,” “radical” or “spin your own”

Christmas

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MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

FLOW

Advent

Bringing It All Together

4.

Develop (or find) an anchor image and/or tagline that best captures the connections

in the particular texts you have chosen to use for each season.

4a. Once you have the images/taglines, start publicizing them to build interest for the series– even before the plans are complete!

Christmas

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MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

FLOW

Advent

Bringing It All Together

5.

Use the anchor image and/or tagline as a thread

to guide your focus on the scriptures week TO week and then week BY week.

Plot out together how each service contributes, step by step/week by week, to the progress of the series.

Remember: The conclusion of Advent is also a segue into Christmas Season.

Christmas

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MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

FLOW

Advent

Bringing It All Together

6.

Keep mood in mind

for each service and across the series– this will help you narrow down on visuals, the “sound” of the music you sing or hear, and the way leaders use their voices in worship.

Christmas

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Questions? Comments?55

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MOOD

BASIS

OUTCOMES

FLOW

Advent

Bringing It All Together

7.

We’re here for you.

worship@umcdiscipleship.org

music@umcdiscipleship.org

preaching@umcdiscipleship.org

Advent Resources:

(

114

items)

http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship/seasons-of-the-church-year

and click on the Advent checkbox

Advent Music:

(

180

downloads)

http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship/music-downloads-liturgical

and click on the Advent checkbox

Preaching/Planning/Music helps:

http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship/lectionary-calendar

(most current)

http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship/lectionary-planning-archive

(previously posted)

Christmas

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October 29Planning Lent and Easter Seasons (2016) November 19Baptism in the Bible and The UMC December 3Holy Communion in the Bible and The UMC

Upcoming

Worship

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