One week to go. Are you ready?
This coming Thursday, December 20, is my Prayer Day. If you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up, please let me know.
Friday, December 21 is the Longest Night Service at 6:30 P.M. This is a time for quiet reflection, song, prayer, and candlelight; a time when we can acknowledge the darkness in our lives, but know that Christ is the Light of the World.
This Sunday, December 23, is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The Fourth Advent Candle, "Love" will be lit. The scripture is Luke 1:39-55. The sermon is "Mary's Song".
This Sunday, we will also be taking the CHRISTMAS FUND for the Veterans of the Cross and Emergency Fund offering. This is the primary source of annual income used to support and honor those who have served and are serving the United Church of Christ. Your gift to the Christmas Fund helps provide a lifeline of hope to many lower-income active and retired clergy and lay employees of UCC. Donation envelopes can be found in the pews. Please remember that your generous contribution can and will make a difference in the lives of many.
Christmas Eve Services will be held Monday, December 24. The Family Service is at 4 P.M., the Lessons and Carols Service is at 11 P.M. Candle lighting will be featured at both. Come, celebrate the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus!
Let us pray. O God of love and grace, may your presence be upon us now as we ready ourselves for the celebration of the birth of your Son. Help our hearts to be open and receptive to his gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love. Help our hands to be open to spread these gifts in the world. Amen.
In Christ's love,