Close to Home Advent Poems

Close to Home Advent Poems

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[This resource is one of many included in our Close to Home Advent Bundle for Year C]

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This collection of seven poetic prayers explores the Close to Home weekly sub-themes in light of the RCL (Year C) scriptures for Advent–Epiphany. Honest and intimate, these poems offer meditations that might become prayers of your own. We hope you might adapt them for worship liturgy, use them to open and close programming events, or print them as they are for members in your community to read and return to throughout the Advent season. Prayers written by Rev. Sarah (Are) Speed.

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DOWNLOAD INCLUDES:

  • 8 pg PDF print-ready file of the prayers (for you to print and distribute to members, or copy/paste for worship liturgy).
    PDF includes seven poetic prayers with the following themes and titles:

    • Homesick | Luke 21:25-36

    • Words for the Beginning | Luke 1:57-80

    • Advocating for Home | Luke 3:1-18

    • Come on Home | Luke 1:39-55

    • Invitations | Luke 2:1-20

    • Chosen Home | Luke 2:41-52

    • Muscle Memory | Matthew 2:1-12

USES:

  • Print the prayers and distribute them to members in your community

  • Adapt the prayers as your Call to Worship or opening prayer for worship

  • Use the prayers in a bible study group or Sunday school

  • Use the poetry as a meditation during the sermon

  • Use the poetry to inspire your own liturgy and sermon writing

  • Print the poetry in your bulletin (perhaps as the bulletin cover)

EXCERPT:

There are a million ways to choose a home.
So like Jesus in the temple
who chose to stay,
who chose to speak,
who took up space because he knew he was home,
I invite you to do the same.

Put your body
where your souls feel alive.
Give yourself permission
to take up space there.
Stay, as long as it takes.
Return, as often as you need.

There are a million ways to choose a home.
Choose wisely. We need you here.

—Rev. Sarah (Are) Speed, from “Chosen Home”

CREDIT INFO:

When printing and sharing online or in worship, please always include the following credits:
Prayers by Rev. Sarah Speed | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org

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