Christmas Events

December 17

·       A Musical Festival in our 11 a.m. worship service

December 24:

·       11 a.m. worship service celebrating the Fourth Sunday of Advent

·       7 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Service, with cello and harp.

·       10 p.m. Jazz Candlelight Christmas Service, with Holy Communion

Mark your calendars!

December Worship Themes

Traditional Sunday Worship 

Sundays 11a.m.

December 3   |    Join the story. 

There is a reason why the various Christmas stories are so popular: people join the story, place themselves in it.  A contemplative reading of Luke 2:1-20 to which we are invited to place ourselves in the story.

December 10  |   Awe! 

At a time of great misery, God acts.  As is usual with God, divine action requires human participation and Mary chooses to be a vehicle for God’s work.  How are we vehicles for God’s work? Luke 1:46-55.

December 17  |   Praise and Thanksgiving!

The angels sang, so can we!  Luke 2:8-14.  Our Bell Choir, Choir, New Creation Ensemble and organ lead us in a celebration of the birth of Christ.  This is a time to bring your friends and families!

December 24  |   Join Jesus’ movement. 

The point is not the baby, the point is where the baby takes us. Mark 1:9-18 serves to direct our attention to Jesus’ call to us

December 31   |  Life Hacks

  Social media and magazines are filled with what are called ‘life hacks’---ways of doing something well that aren’t widely known.  A life hack for college students might be ’10 ways to fund your education without borrowing.’  On the day before New Years, what ‘life hacks’ does our faith give us?  Proverbs 1:1-7; John 1:43-46

New Creation Worship

Sundays 5:30p.m.

In Advent we will launch a journey to hope as we prepare for the birth of Jesus.  We will use the literary trope of the Magi setting forth from the mountains of Persia in search of the One whose star they had seen at its rising.  Themes of this journey include:

December 3       If we are seeking Christ and not just sitting here, what do we need to do? What are we packing for this journey?  We will identify aspects of our lives that we want to leave behind and the hope that we have for the future.

December 10     John the Baptist went into the desert and ate  locusts and wild honey so that he could be ritually pure and totally open to God.  We take this as a challenge: what do we need to do to be totally open to God?

December 17     The story of Mary is the story of a young woman whose journey of faith led her to be open to God’s purpose for her life.  What’s our purpose?  How do we say ‘Yes!’ to God?

December 24     Christmas Eve, no 5:30 p.m. New Creation service, but there will be the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight service and the 10 p.m. Jazz service with candlelight carols and communion.

December 31     According to Luke’s Gospel, after Jesus’ birth his parents brought him to the Temple in Jerusalem for presentation.  It was an ordinary trip, but Anna and Simeon recognized the work of God in their presence. 

New Creation worship services occur in the parlor on Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m.  All are welcome!