Cloth for the Cradle

Worship Resources and Readings for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

By John L. Bell, Wild Goose Worship Group

Format: Paperback

This rediscovery of the stories of Christ's birth through adult eyes is for use in group and worship situations. The material is drawn from the work of the Wild Goose Worship Group who have an innovative style of worship.

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Wild Goose Publications is part of the Iona Community, which is an ecumenical movement of men and women from different walks of life and different traditions in the Christian church.

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A wealth of worship resources for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany from the Wild Goose Worship Group. These litanies, meditations, monologues, poems, prayers, readings, scripts and symbolic actions aid the rediscovery of the stories of Christ's birth through adult eyes. 


Contents include:



    Behind the corridors of space (responses) 

    Waiting (meditation) 

    In the beginning of creation (responses)  

    The people who walked (meditation)  

    Among the poor (litany) 

    A story of light & darkness (meditation) 

    Open our eyes (prayer) 

    The desert will sing and rejoice (responses) 

    Lucky day (script) 

    Prepare the way of the Lord (responses) 

    Mary and the angel (script) 

    The Magnificat (meditation) 

    Mary, pondering (reading)

    Mary and Lizzie (script) 

    We suspect angels (prayer) 

    God of the watching ones (blessing)

    Pinning our hopes on Jesus (i) (intercessions) 

    Pinning our hopes on Jesus (ii) (symbolic action) 

    Into our world as into Mary's womb (responses) 

    The village gossips (script) 

    The census (script) 

    How far is it? (symbolic action) 

    Registering hope (symbolic action) 

    Mary's journey (reading) 

    The diaries of Joseph and Theodore (script) 

    The Bethel Inn (script)

    Cloth for the cradle (symbolic action)

    In hope, the universe waits (responses)



    It was to older folk that Jesus came (reading)

    Light looked down (responses)

    This, tonight, is the meeting place (prologue)

    The journey of Jesus (reading)

    The Incarnation (script)

    Litany of the Incarnation (litany)

    When the world was dark (intercessions)

    The shepherd (script)

    And did it happen? (reading)

    They have heard it on the hills (proclamation)

    The Word (meditation)

    A perfect disgrace (script)

    Michael Mouse (script)

    A special baby (script)

    Once in Judah's least known city (reading)

    A boy has been born for us (responses)

    In the face of the Gospel (intercessions)

    Anna and Simeon (script)

    Women weeping (meditation)



    The wise man's journey (reading)

    The gatekeepers (script)

    The soldiers  (script)

    God of God, Light of Light (responses)

    God bless us and disturb us (reading)

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Wild Goose Publications
Publication Date 1 Jul 2004
ISBN 9781901557015
Number of Pages 152

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