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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Join Us for a Service of Worship

Sunday, December 22, 2019 11:00 AM
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Scriptures include: Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-25

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled “What Christmas is All About – Love”

We spend so much time trying to create the “perfect Christmas” that we often forget that the first Christmas was anything but perfect, according to modern-day standards. There was the scandal of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, the messy birth of a baby in another city. There were intense dreams and messengers of God speaking to a man so he doesn’t break up with the mother of the Son of God. The scandal of this plan for God’s birth into the human race reminds us that this season leading to Christmas isn’t about getting things “perfect” for the big day, but is about an unexpected show of deep love by our Creator to us, God’s children. As we light the Advent Candle of Love, may we remember this and seek to show love as God showed us love.

 

 

 

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Christmas Eve Service

 

On Christmas Eve, we gather in the Sanctuary at 5:00 p.m. to worship together and to celebrate the birth of Christ.

We will tell the story of Christ’s birth from the scriptures, we will sing carols, we will share in communion, and we will share the Light of Christ through the lighting of the Christ candle and passing of the light.

Children and adults of all ages are welcome in this service together (as they are in all services!), and we hope you and your family can join us for this special time of worship.

Join us for a service to learn, sing, and celebrate together!

Christ the Savior is born!

 

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.

 

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