Enews: Sunday, December 19, 2021

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.


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.

 

 

 

 


Luke 1:39-55

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

 

 

 

 

 


Order of Worship for Sunday, December 19

Link to Facebook Live


Prayer
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



Just a friendly reminder we are under MASK

mandate for all indoor facilities.

So please, while in our building, wear your masks.

 

 

 

 

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