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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Join Us for a Service of Worship

Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:00 AM
Third Sunday of Advent

Scriptures include: Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matthew 11:2-11

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled “Coming Joy”

The world has moments of joy we can all recognize: the birth of a child, the beauty of a sunrise, the excitement of a new adventure. But this world also has so much struggle and pain, so much waiting and worry, so much pain and death. But there is a promise, as old as the prophet Isaiah, that the coming One will pierce our brokenness with joy, our darkness with light. We will one day overcome all that holds us back, and we will rejoice forever. We have a promise in our coming Messiah, and no matter the sorrow we now face, we will one day be overwhelmed with joy.  

 

 

 

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Longest Night Service

The Longest Night Service is held on a Wednesday night near the longest, darkest night of the year. This year, we will hold our service on Wednesday, December 18th at 6:00PM in the FBC Chapel. All are welcome, from church member to community member. This is a place to bring all of who we are.

At this service, we will recognize that the holidays are sometimes not joyful for everyone, as we are faced with the painful realities of this life: depression, loss of loved ones, grief, pain, divorce, job loss, fear, and so many other things.

The service of the Longest Night allows us to sit together to remember, to mourn, and to see the Light who remains in our lives despite it all this season. We will offer a time of remembrance and lighting of candles, a time of communion, and prayers and liturgy to attend to our souls.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Join Us for a Service of Worship

Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00 AM
Second Sunday of Advent

Scriptures include: Isaiah 2:1-5 and Romans 15:4-13

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled “Live in Peace”

On the second Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of peace. We wonder what peace means in a world where no two groups can seem to agree on anything, let alone get along as friends and learn from one another. We fear that we will never find the kind of reconciliation Christ was meant to bring into the world. But Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome that this kind of peace and reconciliation has been part of God’s plan from the start, and how we live into that peaceful kingdom says something about our relationship to Emmanuel, God-with-us. Can we bring Christ’s peace into our division?

 

 

 

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Join Us for a Service of Worship and Communion

Sunday, December 1, 2019 11:00 AM
First Sunday of Advent

Scriptures include: Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled “Hope for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”

Changing the world is what the Coming of Christ did and does. As we begin a season of anticipating the first coming of Christ, we begin by remembering that we still anticipate Christ’s return – the Second Coming. Our Gospel lesson reminds us that we have been transformed once already by Christ’s coming in the past, and we will yet be transformed again. AND in the meantime, we get to participate in Christ’s transformation of the world – what a hopeful, exciting time to be a follower of Christ! We are in the already/not yet time that sees the Hope that’s yet to come and the Hope that is already here!

 

 

 

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