Sunday, December 23rd

THIS SUNDAY:

The Angel told Mary she was going to have a Baby, and then counseled Joseph not to abandon her?  Really?  What was that like?  Come and listen, as Mary and Joseph have some things to say:    Texts: Luke 1:26-55; Matthew 1:18-25.  Pastor Susan Townsley and Dr. James Sack Preaching.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

December 24th (Monday)

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 6:30pm.  The service will feature a “crèche” of candles.  Come and celebrate the Light born into this world with candles and communion.  Please bring something to share at the fellowship table.

December 30th Worship, Pastor Teresa preaching.

Church school and Adult Ed resumes Jan 13th.

An Advent Prayer

Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a holy wonder at creation.  Teach me a love so deep that it reaches past despair to peace, through gravity towards grace, beyond death to life.

Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself.

Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy in justice. Teach me to know the abundance that exists in sharing, and the community that exists in equity.

Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a faith that knows rebirth.  May grief and sorrow exist only in their time, while hope covers every deep and love warms every child.

Come, long-expected Jesus.  I await your birth.  Amen.

 

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