December 19th, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Virtual & In Person Worship @ 10am
When we join with Mary in singing the Magnificat, we’re not just singing another carol to pass the time till Christmas arrives—we’re celebrating the impending arrival of the one who turns the world upside down! From the tiny hamlet of Bethlehem comes the greatest gift ever. From the barren womb of Elizabeth comes the radical prophet and baptizer. From the mouth of a young, unmarried girl comes words of unswerving commitment, and a song of praise for the fulfillment of God’s promises. For a church that has been lulled into complacency by too many warm, familiar Christmas rituals, the Fourth Sunday of Advent (readings) offer shocking witness that the kingdom of God is indeed at hand.
This is the Sunday to sing Mary’s song, to know that God has turned the world upside down with the birth of Christ, and yet, God is still turning the world upside down. The powerful will be brought down and the lowly lifted up. The hungry will be filled with good things and the rich sent away empty. The Life will shine in this world for others to know. But only if we participate in it. Only if we are willing to do the work of justice and mercy. Only if we are willing to testify to the Life that we have, in word and in deed.
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
Loving Spirit, fill us and stir in us Your love for the earth, for all of creation and for all Your people. May we sing like Mary—may her love inspire us to fill the hungry with good things and to lift up the lowly. May her call for justice inspire us to work for rebalancing power and wealth in our society. May her joy in You as our Savior remind us to be joyful, knowing You always will have the last and final word, not what the world dictates to us, not what evil and oppression have done. Love always wins. May Your love be born anew in us this Christmas. Amen
Tuesday, December 21
7:00pm Blue Christmas Worship Service
Wednesday, December 22nd
Ecumenical Advent Study on ZOOM @ 7pm
Thursday, December 23rd
Music Rehearsals & Video Recording
Friday, December 24 – Christmas Eve!
4:30pm Christmas Eve Service (Virtual and In-Person)
11:00pm Christmas Eve Service (In-Person Only
Service of Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 26th
First Sunday after Christmas
NO – Christian Formation Hour
mandate for all indoor facilities.
So please, while in our building, wear your masks.