“Bronwyn’s words are more powerful and real than a thousand theological treatises on incarnation” – Rev Dr Margaret Mayman
“Something new to say” is a collection of liturgy resources for the season of Advent and Christmas.
Author Bronwyn Angela White lives in Aotearoa New Zealand, where Christmas comes at summertime. This collection celebrates a festive season where pōhutukawa and rata are in bloom, friends gather around barbecues or picnic at the beach on Christmas Day, and many people travel to catch up with family or enjoy school holidays.
The prayers, affirmations, reflections and blessings are in inclusive language, with an emphasis on “faith not belief”, and social justice.
The title comes from a Christmas Day reflection which Bronwyn led in 2010: “Every year, in manses and studies and at the kitchen table, preachers and worship leaders approach Advent with a mixture of joy and trepidation. Joy, because Christmas is the penultimate Christian festival—each week the excitement builds, every week another candle is lit, every year is pregnant with possibilities—but trepidation, because December 25 after December 25, the person leading the service tries to find something new to say!”
This book is ideal for progressive and liberal faith communities and churches; lay and ordained worship leaders will find them especially helpful, and there’s plenty for individual contemplation and enjoyment, too.
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