A Weary World Rejoices: Worship Resources

 

Thanks to the generosity of North Georgia United Methodists, the North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence has compiled and created virtual worship resources specifically for December 27 and January 3 and appropriate for Christmas, Watch Night, Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord, and Covenant Prayer Services. Themes touch on Grief, Hope, Covenant, Baptism, and Discipleship.

Please continue to visit this page as we add content daily.

 

A Weary world rejoices  |  music bank

Lessons and Carols
Individual components or a full one-hour service of Lessons and Carols made available by LaGrange College.
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Worldwide Virtual Christmas Choirs
Hundreds of United Methodist come together with unified voices to celebrate the birth of Christ our Savior.  Discipleship Ministries offers two choir videos for use in virtual worship. "The Christmas Medley" is a collection of well-known Christmas carols which can be used for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve, or the First Sunday after Christmas. “Silent Night” is best suited for Christmas Eve services. In this version, the first verse is sung in English, German, and Spanish. 
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The Hope of Glory: Acoustic Advent Hymn
Words and music by Atticus Hicks, Director of Modern Worship at Oak Grove UMC in Decatur
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In the Bleak Midwinter
The Paulines of St. Paul UMC in Atlanta perform In the Bleak Midwinter. 
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God With Us
Nicole Elsey, Mountain Park UMC
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Prepare Him Room
Nicole Elsey, Mountain Park UMC
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The First Noel
By Phil Wickham
CCLI Song #5921887
Chapel Roswell UMC 
Performed by:
Tyler Blalock - Worship Leader / Acoustic Guitar, Kaycee Hines - Worship Leader, Arturo Quintanilla - Music Director / Mandolin, Diego Campos - Percussion, Justin Morris - U-Bass, Shaunna Fretwell - Jingle Bells
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The Sign
St James UMC Alpharetta offers "The Sign," a powerful multimedia piece written by Rev. Tavares Stephens.
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Jesus Will
Cascade UMC's New Advent Choir, directed by Mr. Yergan Jones, offers this delightful and inspiring musical reminder that "Jesus Will" 
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Got Tell it on the Mountain: Audio Hymn
Cole Seagroves from Paces Ferry UMC performs "Go Tell It On the Mountain"
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Come Let us Adore Him
Gainesville First UMC Modern Worship Hymn
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Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Gainesville First UMC Modern Worship Hymn
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Angels We Have Heard on High
Gainesville First UMC Modern Worship Hymn
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Carol Improvisation Tracks 
Just in time for your Christmas Eve or Christmastide worship, Discipleship Ministries offers for your use, live or streaming, these carol improvisation tracks. The tracks are free to use. Please give credit to the artist, Jackson Henry, Director of Music Ministries at Franklin First UMC, and the source, Discipleship Ministries.
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Only You Are Holy
The Impact UMC Praise Team performs "Only You Are Holy."
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Alive
Kylan Pew and the Neighborhood Church Band perform "Alive" by All Sons and Daughters.
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Come and Let Your Presence
Come and Let Your Presence performed by Skyland UMC.
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A Weary world rejoices  |  Liturgy bank

Opening Prayer
Rev. Blair Boyd Zant offers an opening prayer for "A Weary World Rejoices" virtual worship. 
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Prayer for A Weary World
Bring us into your Holy presence, Lord. Rev. Blair Boyd Zant offers a prayer for virtual worship services. 
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Closing Prayer and Benediction
Rev. Blair Boyd Zant offers a closing prayer and benediction.
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Benediction
Rev. Blair Boyd Zant offers a closing prayer and benediction. 
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Children's Moment with Terry Walton and Friends
Rev. Dr. Terry Walton shares a message especially for children. North Georgia Conference churches are invited to use this video in virtual worship. (5 minutes)
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Wesley's Covenant Prayer
Conference Lay Leader Bill Martin prays Wesley's Covenant Prayer. North Georgia Conference churches are invited to use this prayer in virtual worship.
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Covenant Proclamation and Prayer
Rev. Blair Boyd Zant offers a look into the heart of the Covenant Prayer.
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Wesley's Covenant Prayer
Join Rev. Blair Boyd Zant is praying Wesley's Covenant Prayer.
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Baptism of the Lord Sunday Prayer
Rev. Blair Boyd Zant offers a prayer for Baptism of the Lord Sunday worship.
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A Walk Through Bethlehem (to be used Christmas Eve or after)
Simpsonwood UMC has professionally produced a 10-minute virtual Walk Through Bethlehem for Christmas Eve. They offer the video to other North Georgia Congregations to use in virtual worship. (We ask that you please do not use the video before Christmas Eve.)
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Scripture Reading: Acts 19:1-7
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Scripture Reading: Luke 2:22-40
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Scripture Reading: John 1:1-9, 10-18
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Scripture Reading: Mark 1:4-11
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Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:10 - 62:3 
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Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:1-6 
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Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12
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Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-14
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Scripture Reading: Psalm 8
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Advent Communion Liturgy (PDF)
Rev. Karen Kagiyama, O. Wayne Rollins Director of Pastoral Care at Wesley Woods Senior Living, shares her Advent Communion liturgy.
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Some Children See Him
Rev. Dave Benson offers a multimedia presentation to James Taylor's Some Children See Him. Email communications@ngumc.org to receive the file. 

A Weary world rejoices  |  Sermon bank

The sermons linked below are available to be used in virtual worship in North Georgia Conference churches.

A Year of Losing Things: Sermon from Rev. Lindsay Geist
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
We've lost a lot during 2020 and grief feels heavy. How do we handle a season of grief as Christians? Rev. Lindsay Geist shares this sermon with North Georgia Conference churches to utilize in virtual worship. (19 minutes)
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A Hope Realized: Sermon from Rev. Sam Halverson
Luke 2:22-40
Rev. Sam Halverson shares a sermon on A Hope Realized. (24 minutes)
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Advent Sermon from Rev. Adam Hamilton
ShareChurch.com
 is offering an Advent sermon from Pastor Adam Hamilton entitled "Emmanuel in the Midst of a Pandemic" for you to use in your church this Advent season. The sermon is available on ShareChurch.com.
SERMON 

Darkness and Light: Sermon from Rev. Jimmy Moor
John 1:1-18
Rev. Jimmy Moor offers a sermon on darkness and light. 
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Practicing Christian Freedom: Sermon from Rev. Dr. Gary Whetstone
1 Cor. 8:8-9. 
Rev. Dr. Gary Whetstone, retired North Georgia Conference clergy, shares a sermon on practicing Christian freedom. North Georgia Conference churches are invited to use the sermon in virtual worship. (11 minutes)
SERMON 

Something To Hold On To: Sermon from Rev. David Jones
Luke 2
Rev. Dr. David Jones, retired North Georgia Conference clergy, reflects on Mary and Joseph and the baby encountering Simeon in the temple. This sermon is appropriate for the first Sunday of the New Year and throughout Christmastide & Epiphany. (15 minutes)
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A Weary World Rejoices: Sermon from Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall
Luke 2:22-40
This year has been pregnant with pandemic, job loss, racial injustice, business shutdowns, and contentious politics. It’s shaken us to our core but what if, through all of this, God is giving birth to something transformational? How is God inviting us to see something new? 
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The Gift of Baptism: Sermon from Rev. Dr. John Simmons
Mark 1:4-11
Rev. Dr. John Simmons offers a sermon on baptism for North Georgia Conference churches to use in virtual worship. 
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A Weary world rejoices  |  Graphics bank

A Weary World Rejoices Google Drive Folder Contains:

Intro Animation
Background Animation
Lower Third Animation

Scripture Graphic Photoshop File
Scripture Graphic PNG File
Lower Third Photoshop File

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A Weary World Rejoices  |  Watch night and Covenent Service Resources

Watch Night and Covenant Prayer Service Resources and Insight
Watch Night is celebrated on New Year's Eve in the Black Church and in the Wesleyan Tradition. Find resources for church leaders preparing for Watch Night or the Covenant Prayer Service and learn more about this meaningful time for people of faith.  

"A Weary World Rejoices" worship resources are available for use by North Georgia United Methodist congregations.