Christmas Eve (Almost)

12.22.23 | by Rev Danita Anderson

SUNDAY IS CHRISTMAS EVE!!!  Well, almost.  According to our liturgical ("churchy") calendar the early part of the day is still considered as Advent and the later part of the day is Christmas Eve.  And that is how we will treat it.  


Our 10:00 a.m. worship time will focus on the 4th Sunday of Advent.  We will light 4 candles on the Advent wreath and experience our worship time as a continuation of waiting, anticipation, and expecting. It is still a time of looking at the prophecy of Isaiah and his impact on the people of his time and the impact on our lives.  OUR LIVING GIFT reminds us of the challenges of our day and the promise that the coming of Jesus means in our lives.


When we gather in our 5:00 p.m. worship, we welcome and encourage our families to be with us as we celebrate together.  There will be a special treat for the children and we will focus our attention on how Jesus is our HOPE FOR THE WORLD.  Looking around at all that is happening in our world, we cannot sometimes feel hopeless, but the birth of the Christ-child reminds us to always by hope-filled.  Lighting our candles (glowsticks for the children!) reminds us of the warmth of peace, inclusion and possibility in our lives as Christians.  


And then at our 11:00 p.m. worship time we will include the sacrament of communion as we fellowship together.  Our service will include participation by some of our college students (who have a tradition of gathering at this service) in addition to the communion and candlelighting.  OUR DREAM OF ALL DREAMS calls us to remember that we are a part of the change we want to see in the world.  It is up to us to make a difference for coming generations of believers.  


You are invited to continue on this journey to Bethlehem with us.  Join us at 10, 5 and/or 11.  If you can't be with us in person, join us on YouTube.


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