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.
About the Author Meeks, Blair Gilmer: - 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.