Enews: Sunday, December 12, 2021

 

December 12th, 2021

Third Sunday of Advent 

Virtual  Facebook, You Tube & In Person Worship @ 10am

 

  

 

On this third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday, we rejoice. Many of the scriptures for today focus on the theme of rejoicing at what God has done, rejoicing in God’s word and instruction, and rejoicing in God’s covenant. We also hear the word of John the Baptist, calling us into repentance and transformation. While “you brood of vipers” may not sound so joyful, it is the call into God’s ways, preparing ourselves for Christ that gives us joy. Shedding the ways we human beings often turn religion into social status and performance rather than transforming our hearts and lives. For the prophets remind us that when we turn back to God, there is rejoicing and forgiveness. New life can flourish in our hearts and in our world when we listen to the wisdom of God and find it in the commandments, in the rushing rivers, in the stories of our ancestors, and in the traditions of this season that remind us that God is still doing something new.

Order of Worship for Sunday, December 12

Link to Facebook Live


READINGS:
Zephaniah 3:14-20

A call for God’s people to rejoice because God has restored and forgiven God’s people, and now lives in the midst of them, bringing them joy and healing, and including all the marginalized and oppressed ones.

 


Isaiah 12:2-6

 

 

A song of praise for the God who is the salvation of God’s people, their strength and shield, who does glorious things for God’s people, and is great among them.

 

 


Luke 3:7-18

John confronts the people about their corruption and injustice, and challenges them to change their lives. When they ask what they must do, he calls them to generosity, justice and compassion. Then, when the people wonder whether he might be the Messiah, John tells them that he is not, but that one is coming after him who will baptize them with the Holy Spirit.


Prayer
Eternally Rejoicing God, we rejoice with You! You created a beautiful, wondrous expanding universe, swirling galaxies, exploding stars, and You made us out of the dust of the stars. Like a magnificent painting, we emerged in the work, and You delight in us as Your children. In times of deep despair, in the murkiness of our world’s struggles, in the muck of daily life, may we remember You are still creating and rejoicing. Help us to laugh when we have forgotten how. Remind us to find pleasure in life when the world presses down. Guide us to seek help when in all seems futile, for You desire for us to rejoice. Help us to seek, find, and keep joy in our lives. Amen.




Tuesday, December 21

7:00pm Blue Christmas Worship Service (Virtual and In-Person)

Friday, December 24 – Christmas Eve!

4:30pm Christmas Eve Service (Virtual and In-Person)

11:00pm Christmas Eve Service (In-Person Only)

The Church Office will be closed from December 23-January 4

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


HYMN SING

this Sunday, Dec. 12th

following 10 am service.

There will be refreshments.

Cost: $10/person


Tuesday, December 14th

Leadership Team Zoom @ 7pm

Wednesday, December 15th

Ecumenical Advent Study on ZOOM @ 7pm

Thursday, December 9th 

Music Rehearsals & Video Recording

Sunday, December 19th         

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Christian Formation Hour @ 8:45am


Laity Conversation with District Superintendent

Please join Rev. Jeffry Bross our District Superintendent and your lay colleagues in the Prairie Central District

every SECOND Thursday of the month.

Hope to see you there.  Here is the link and it will be the same link every month:

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84657201303?pwd=aUZ0UkMwdGkwZnNtVlBhRm5RT1A1UT09

Meeting ID: 846 5720 1303

Passcode: 775515


Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+Meeting ID: 846 5720 1303

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