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A very Dakotas Christmas: December 27 online worship service

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The Dakotas Conference Cabinet is preparing an online worship service, "A Very Dakotas Christmas," for congregations to use December 27 or on another day. The service will be available on December 21 here. Clergy will recieve an e-mail notification that the service is ready. This service will be casual, with United Methodists across North and South Dakota leading the worship. We invite you enjoy worship at home from the homes of others!


Here is the order of worship:

Prelude with piano music by Rev. Theresa Person
Lighting of the Advent candles—families from throughout the Dakotas
Lighting of the Christ candle—Bishop Bruce and Char Ough
Song—Hark the Herald Angels Sing by Rev. Brandon Dunham
Children’s story The Something Wonderful by Karen Hill, illustrated by Susan Reagan read by the Rev. Paul and Brenda Lint and family

Responsive Reading  from page 29 of The Book of Uncommon Prayer lead by families throughout the Dakotas

Song – Light of the Stable by DWU student ministries
Scripture (The Christmas story)—Luke 1: 26-38 , Matthew 1:18-24, Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-12, John 1:1-5, 14 read by families throughout the Dakotas

Message—“A Place at the Manger” by Rev. Kris Mutzenberger

Prayer—Rev.  Rebecca Trefz
Song—Angels from the Realms of Glory by Revs. Jenny Hallenbeck and Karl  Kroger with organ
Blessing— Bishop Laurie Haller
Postlude with organ music by Rev. Mark Gronseth organ 

Promotional Resources:
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Frequently asked questions:

When will I have access to the video file(s)?
You will have access to the video files on the Dakotas Conference Vimeo page by the end of the day on December 22. 

Can I use parts of the service?

You are welcome to use all of the service or just parts.  Video files will be available for the entire service. There will be separate video files available for: each music selection separately, lighting of the advent and Christ candles, the children's story, the responsive reading, the message, and the prayer with the blessing. 

What other resources will be available? 

Coming soon, hopefully by December 11, 2020,  there will be social media graphics for you to promote the service, some screen or presentation photos for your display during upcoming worship services, and a printable handout or worship bulletin.

Are there any copyright details I need to know about?
All of the credits to the music and video will fall under the Dakotas Conference licensures and will be visible on the video.



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