Enews: Sunday, December 23, 2018

Dear Friend, 

         The last week of Advent returns us to the beginning of John’s story, as Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visits Elizabeth, and John leaps within his mother’s womb. Mary’s song is, of course, one of the highlights of the birth narratives, and carries a powerful justice-proclaiming message. In the waiting of Advent, it can be tempting to become passive observers of God’s activity, but the Scriptures call us instead to be active participants in God’s salvation.May our worship inspire and empower us to be both recipients of God’s salvation and little incarnations who carry salvation to our world.

READINGS 

Micah 5:2-5a
Though Bethlehem is insignificant in Judah, a ruler will come from this town, whose origins are ancient, and who will shepherd God’s people in God’s strength, giving them peace and security. 

Hebrews 10:5-10
Jesus’ obedience and sacrifice establishes a new covenant and makes us holy.     

 Luke 1:39-45
Unborn John leaps in Elizabeth’s womb when the pregnant Mary comes to visit. In response Elizabeth celebrates Mary and the way God has blessed her, even as the child she carries is blessed. Then, Mary responds with her song of praise. 

Prayer
God of Wonder and Mystery: it is almost Christmas. We watch and wait for the Christ-child to be born, as we watch and wait for signs of Your coming into our world and our lives in an unexpected way. Call us to be with the lowly, the marginalized, the poor and the hungry. Call us to work in solidarity with the oppressed, rather than simple acts of charity that make us feel good. Call us to remember the young girl with child, who faced scrutiny and persecution. Call us to remember a people under the rule of empire, desperately waiting for change. Call us to remember how You came into our world and pulled the rug out from under us, and that You’re about to do it again. Call us to remember, so we may be ready. Call us into Your labor and delivery of the new reign on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Music:  Fusion
Ushers:  Steven Flint, Pat Price, Al Reiman, Mike Thorpe, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…:  Hosted by Ginny Carlson           

Any children from the age of 3-13 are welcome to sing in the Angel Choir at the 4:30 PM Christmas Eveservice. There will be a rehearsal on 12/23 right after the 10 o’clock service and on Christmas Eve. Music is on the website. Please reach out to Brianna Harris if you are interested or have any questions.            

In December: 
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve!
4:30pm Christmas Eve Service
7:30pm Christmas Eve Service in the chapel
11:00pm Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 30 – One Worship Service at 10:00am 
NOTE:  The Church Office will be closed the week of December 23.

We wish all a very Blessed Christmas and New Year!!!

Reminder: Messenger Deadline approaching……. January 2!

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