Sunday Worship Services

During this challenging time of the Covid-19 virus we have changed our worship time to 9:30 a.m.

December 5    Second Sunday of Advent 

In the miraculous birth of John the Baptist, we see the foundation of what is to come. We see how interwoven his story is with Jesus’ origin story. When Zechariah regains his voice, his imagination is also restored. He offers deep praise for God’s tender mercy, and casts a hopeful vision for his own child. He sings blessings into John’s being. This lays the foundation for John’s life. In turn, John will go on to prepare the way for Jesus who will guide us all in the way of peace. In this week, we focus on making space—in our lives and our imaginations—for God’s blessings to break through. Luke 1:57-80, Philippians 1:3-11

 

 

December 12    Third Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist’s good news sounds harsh, but he preaches a home for all—where inequities are banished, valleys are lifted up, and all have the resources they need for collective flourishing. Ultimately, John’s message is one of joy. We are called to collectively build and repair the structures of our society; we are called to be kin-dom builders. Wherever we build, God is there. What we build should be a place with a large table and room for all. Luke 3:1-18, Zephaniah 3:14-20

 

December 19    Fourth Sunday of Advent

After receiving the angel’s extraordinary news, Mary retreats to Elizabeth and Zechariah’s home to digest her new calling. She seeks refuge—physical safety and emotional protection. She receives a safe haven, a home for her heart to soon sing praise. Sanctuary and safe space is so crucial for everyone, especially the mother of Christ while she prepares to become a home for God. Sanctuary is anywhere God’s love dwells freely and abundantly. Luke 1:39-55, Luke 1:46b-55

December 24, 2021  Christmas Eve    INVITED HOME

 A festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

In 1880 E. W. Banson, the Anglican Bishop of Truro, England, composed a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, based on ancient sources, for Christmas Eve.  In 1918 it was adopted for the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by its Dean, Eric Milner-White, who also wrote The Bidding Prayer.  The Blessings after The Lord’s Prayer, added by Milner-White, was first included in its present form in 1930.  The Nine Lessons given here have been customarily used in recent years at King’s College.  The service has been edited for United Methodist congregations.