Advent Begins Sunday!
This Advent Season, starting on December 16th, we will begin raising money for immigrants seeking legal guidance and advocacy through Justice for Our Neighbors in Woburn, MA.
READ MORE about JFON here: http://njfon.org/
Worship This Sunday
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Luke 1:35-38
Mary said to the angel, “How can it be that I will conceive and bear a son to be named Jesus?” The angel said to her “Nothing will be impossible with God.” Mary responded, “Here am I; let it be with me according to your word.”
MESSAGE: “Thoroughly Shaken”
A Hang Glider forgets to strap on his halter before launching his kite over a cliff, forcing him to literally hang as he glides for almost two minutes! I have never attempted hang gliding, but I have experienced the fear of feet leaving solid ground without a proper harness. This morning I listened to news that CRISPR technology may have produced the world’s first “designer babies.” In a packed forum at UPA last night I learned that dramatic residential growth at the Riverside complex on Grove Street is inevitable. The days before I watched as Central American refugees appeared to confirm American fears of invasion. I turn to the gospel story of Mary’s encounter with an angel. She is “thoroughly shaken,” according to the “The Message” version of the text. Six verses later she accepts the idea that “nothing will be impossible for God.” How did she find that serenity, that acceptance, in the face of what would be a harness-devoid, “illegitimate” pregnancy?
Prelude: “Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her — Zachau
(From Heaven above to earth I come)”
Solo: “His Name Shall Be” by Andy Bean
Anthem: “Maria’s Lovesong” –Swedish folk carol
Postlude: “Beredan väg för Herran” –Swedish folk carol
(Prepare the way for the Lord)”
Religious Education This Week
From Pastor Doug:
8:30 am: Confirmation “CREED” [Nope, not the fighter!]
Our class will meet in the lower level for a lesson on how and why ancient and modern statements of belief were and are formed. Last session students agreed to craft prayers based loosely on “The Lord’s Prayer.” Those will be shared this Sunday. Pop-Tarts and Oranges to snack on.
From Sheryl Ellis, Director of Education:
10:15am Lessons for the week:
Sunday School: An Angel visits Joseph. As we begin the Advent season, we will be learning about the weeks before the birth of Jesus. Come join us.
Youth Lesson: “Chuck knows Church—Advent Wreath”. This lesson includes a lesson on the advent wreath and the prophecy of Jesus’ birth. Game included.
11:15 am: Advent Fair. Come join our children as we make Christmas Cards to share. We will offer advent calendars to take home along with a daily adult devotional for the Advent season.
December 7th 5:30-8:00pm….
Mark your calendars and get out that sweater your great aunt sent you that is in the back of the closet. It is time for our Christmas Mixer. All Youth, Mentors and Parents are welcome to come and eat and play games for our Christmas Game night mixer. Bring your favorite dish to share. Drinks will be provided. We will have an Ugly sweater contest, Pictionary, Bingo, and some other games to play. Prizes for the winners. Come and enjoy.
9 o’clock Singers
Tomorrow Thursday, November 29th from 7:30-9:00pm will be our first rehearsal to prepare Schubert’s “Mass in G”, which we will share as an Advent choral offering at UPA on Sunday 16 December.
Rehearsal are offered on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45am. Child care will be provided from 8:45am through the end of worship service. It will be a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday. Please join us! – Allen LeVines, Director of Music
Advent choral service
To prepare “Schubert’s “Mass in G” for the Advent choral service on Sunday, December 16th additional rehearsals have been scheduled. We hope you can join us.
Thursday 29th – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Thursday 6th – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Sunday 9th – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Thursday 13th – 7:00pm to 9:30pm