WORSHIP This Sunday
“In those days Mary set out and went to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child (John the Baptist) leapt in her womb!”
“Bearing the Reality of Christmas”
Introduction by Pastor Doug
“But you can’t really believe that lot, can you? Stars stopping over cribs, angelic choirs lighting up the skies, God coming to earth as a man–like a visitor from outer space? You couldn’t really believe it today. I mean, could you honestly?” Bishop John Robinson shared this common complaint in his 1967 book “But That I Can’t Believe.” The bishop is concerned that all of this Christmas tinsel consigns a “true” story to the world of fairy tale. “The main thing I am concerned with is that Christmas should be seen to be about the real world–the world of missiles and housing and unemployment in which we live. Jesus shows us that behind this world–incredible as it may seem–is a love which sets a value on persons that nothing can destroy.” The question for us is, can we bear THAT reality, or would we prefer the tinsel?
Join us this Sunday for a reflection on what it might mean to “believe” in Christmas again.
Prelude: “Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr Walther
(All Glory to God on High)”
Youth Rock Band: “Hope Was Born This Night”
Meditation: “Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr” Zachau
Anthem: “Tell Out My Soul” Greatorex
Postlude: “Fugue on ‘Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr’ ” Vetter
All-Church Advent Devotion
Last Sunday all participants were invited to take our common devotion book, “I Am Mary,” by Carol Howard Merritt. Merritt wrote: So many portrayals of Mary seemed trite, like washed-out watercolor versions of what must have happened. Where was the pain of childbirth? Why didn;t we hear more about the oppression women faced? I realized I had been told this story only through the experience of men, who had never felt the nausea and weakness of pregnancy, the pain and labor of childbirth. So I was grateful [as a new mother myself] to explore what Mary might have been going through and imagine how she might have looked back and told the story.
A few books are still available for those who want to pick one up at the church.
Religious Education This Week
Next Confirmation Session 12/16
From Pastor Doug: Confirmation students explored the Nicene Creed last Sunday. This creed from the year 325 reflecting world events of the day. The creed evolved as opinions and world events changed. Our class reflected on numerous modern challenges like corruption in government, nuclear war, and genetic editing and the way they may influence what we believe about God and the Church’s role in the world. Mentors and Parents are invited to reflect together with confirmation students, privately, this Sunday in worship on the creeds found in pages 880 through 889 in the UM Hymnal. Which one comes closest to what you believe at the moment?
From Sheryl Ellis, Director of Education:
Get out your calendars. We have a really full month in December:
7th –Youth, Parent and Mentor mixer at 5:30 to 8:00pm
9th – Sunday School – Ringing Bells and Creating Christmas Ornaments
Youth – Making Cookies for Bristol Lodge
16th – Confirmation – Creeds and History continued
Sunday School – Pageant Costume try on and Lessons
Youth – Listen to the Christmas Choral
22nd – Sunday School – Christmas Pageant Practice at 10:00am
23rd– 10:15am-Sunday School – Christmas Pageant
30th– Sunday School and Youth – Making Cookies for Bristol Lodge
It is time for our Christmas Mixer…
This Friday, December 7th from 5:30 to 8:00pm. All Youth, Mentors and Parents are welcomed!!! Wear that Ugly sweater, have some great eats and play our Christmas Games. We will have an Ugly sweater contest, Pictionary, Bingo, and other games to play. Prizes for the winners!!
Bring your favorite dish to share. Drinks will be provided.. Come and enjoy.
9 o’clock Singers
Tomorrow Thursday, December 6th from 7:30-9:00pm will be our second 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 6th – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Sunday 9th – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Thursday 13th – 7:00pm to 9:30pm