Season of Light and Hope

Prayers and Liturgies for Advent and Christmas

By Blair Gilmer Meeks Published
Season of Light and Hope
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Season of Light and Hope includes original, scripture-based prayers, liturgies, and other worship aids to enrich worship from the First Sunday of Advent through the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord (usually the second Sunday in January.)
Following the same pattern as the author's previous book, Season of Ash and Fire: Prayers and Liturgies for Lent and Easter, this book contains corporate prayers and liturgies for each Sunday in the Advent and Christmas seasons, and prayers and liturgies for other worship celebrations related to Christmas. These include:

*The Hanging of the Greens,

* Service of Light and Healing,

* Order of Worship for the Children’s Christmas Program,

*Prayers for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,

* Service for the New Year

* Service for Epiphany

Additional prayers and liturgies for use during the season by small groups and families help extend and unify the congregation’s celebration. For each of the special Sundays, the author provides a brief introductory paragraph, identifying the liturgical context and theme of the day, based on the Scriptures and symbols of the season.

Endorsements

There is no doubt that the current level of anxiety and alienation in our society makes imaginative worship urgent across a great spectrum of a communal mix of believers and unbelievers. In her now well-appreciated sensibility, Blair Meeks here offers rich, suggestive, theologically grounded, artistically formulated worship resources for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.

The book is filled with Meeks’s vivid reading of the narratives of faith. The range of genres in which these materials are offered is astonishing…of course prayer and scripture, but also choral readings, study questions, narratives, all designed for community participation. Meeks has a sense of proportion that keeps her work well grounded while being richly suggestive in its fresh expression. Any leader of worship—in congregation or in family—is sure to find fresh ways of worship that can matter in a practice of faith and that are an alternative to the lethal pathologies of our culture.

Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

There is no doubt that the current level of anxiety and alienation in our society makes imaginative worship urgent across a great spectrum of a communal mix of believers and unbelievers. In her now well-appreciated sensibility, Blair Meeks here offers rich, suggestive, theologically grounded, artistically formulated worship resources for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.

The book is filled with Meeks’s vivid reading of the narratives of faith. The range of genres in which these materials are offered is astonishing…of course prayer and scripture, but also choral readings, study questions, narratives, all designed for community participation. Meeks has a sense of proportion that keeps her work well grounded while being richly suggestive in its fresh expression. Any leader of worship—in congregation or in family—is sure to find fresh ways of worship that can matter in a practice of faith and that are an alternative to the lethal pathologies of our culture.

Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

About the Author

Blair Gilmer Meeks

Blair Gilmer Meeks is a frequent writer of worship-related resources and leads workshops on various aspects of worship. Her work with Abingdon Press includes contributing the worship services to the Abingdon Preaching Annual and Standing in the Circle of Grief. She is the author of four books.