Ideas for using the Liturgy
A Liturgy celebrating the coming of the Light into the world lends itself to an evening service - possibly even a Christmas Eve/ Epiphany vigil.
Have just enough light for people to read by - perhaps have a few stronger lights for people who need extra light for reading. If you use the story and PowerPoint/ OHP illustrations, you can dim the lights completely at that point.
Here is the story with some ideas inserted to get you started:
long ago and far, far away there lived a star.
(picture of star!)
had a solar system and longer, longer and longer ago,
(alien solar system fades in and out)
she was very old and very tired. Her energy was nearly spent.
(fade - but don't extinguish)
far, far away from the Star, was another star.
(photo of sun)
planets and their moons and millions of asteroids all lived around this
star, travelling round and round, year after year.
had taken millions of years to grow and to change
used the Sun and the Moon to help them tell the time and the season.
watched the Sun and their Moon travel in the sky.
barely see our Star -
on the planet called themselves "human beings".
The Creator had
tried all sorts of ways to get them to listen and to remember -
So. the Creator had sent a messenger called Gabriel to see a young woman called Mary. Gabriel had told Mary about the Plan - and Mary had agreed to be part of it. (Annunciation)
Now, being so
very, very, very far away, the Star could not tell what was going
The whole Universe was humming with excitement at what the Creator was going to do. (universe)
one night, everything became very, very still.
the Creator was not looking at the Universe today.
Then, a tiny, tiny sound that was nearly lost in the sounds of the town - the cry of a new baby, just born.
people did not hear it.
Far, far, far away, the Star heard the song of the spirit-beings, the angels. (back to the star)
felt the joy and the love and the power of their song.
Deeper, deeper inside, she found the last of her energies and gave it to the Creator.
love and the Creator's power joined forces
on the earth had waited for this great light (people
gazing at bright star) and,
saw the child called Jesus
Far, far, far away in space, the Star's energies were nearly all gone. (supernova fades very slowly as the story draws to a close)
knew that she had been radiant and beautiful.
her energy was nearly all gone.
far, far, far away and long, long, long after she stopped shining,
they remembered the birth of the Christ-child,
(picture of nativity - superimposed and fades)
Far, far, far away, the Star cooled and rested content in the hand of the Creator. (small cinder in a hand)
Obviously, there would need to be rehearsal and accurate timing of the presentation and the narrator - but the tone should be reflective and, on the whole, measured and unhurried with, perhaps, increased energy around the birth of Christ.
A gentle chant - started by a solo singer would be a good way to draw people back into the liturgy. (e.g. The light of Christ has come into the world; O Christe, Domine Jesu; Adoramus te O Christe)
Prayers of intercession could be offered for people living in darkness
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