The Gospel for Sunday, from Matthew, tells us about Joseph and his supporting role in the story of Jesus’ birth. The Gospel will be dramatized for us by our children. They have been rehearsing a program of reading, singing, playing and colorful dramatization of the birth of Jesus.
In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea. Matthew 3:1
2nd Sunday of Advent
Sunday the jarring words of Isaiah and John the Baptist will be heard in our assembly. I hope that we are not too sleepy or jaded to hear them. The words of the prophets are like the check-engine light flashing on our car’s dashboard. Something is wrong with the engine. The prophets say, something is wrong with our hearts and with our communities. Maybe scheduled maintenance is all that is needed (word and sacrament worship), maybe our desires, our ambitions, our activities are out of alignment with what we know we should be thinking about, and doing with our time. The prophets want to get our attention so that gospel promises can reach us again.
The choir rehearses at 8:45 am. New singers are always welcome. Advent, leading up to Christmas, is a good time to join the choir.
It’s our annual Advent Fair, following the service, Sunday. There will be handcrafts, artwork, Earthfrendz handbags and other things. This year Lyris Liautaud, a friend of Stephanie Smoot’s, will be with us with items from Haiti. https://www.hispagnolaimports.com/ Invite your friends and neighbors. If you have baked goods or other snacks to share, bring them for the coffee hour.
Sunday during the faith formation hour, the children and youth of our congregation will rehearse the Christmas program. If your child would like to take part in the program this year, have them attend the rehearsal on Sunday. Confirmation students will serve as readers. All the students will be invited to sing. Kathryn will work will teach them the songs. Kim Canning sent out YouTube videos of the songs in her email to you. Have your children listen. They’ll learn the songs quickly.
There are still some Florence House gift tags in the window. Take a tag on Sunday and bring back the gift on December 11. Corinne is coordinating this annual collection.
Sign up to give a poinsettia for Christmas. Your notations of memory or honor will be included in the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day bulletins.
Pinoy Reading Buddies bookpacking Saturday, December 10 at 9:30 am. Confirmation students will meet individually with Pastor Johnson to review their sermon notes. Everyone is invited to take part in the book packing. Contact Rowena for more information.
Bring in nonperishables for the Wayland Food Pantry.
Therefore you must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. Matthew 24:44.
1st Sunday of Advent
Now we turn to the blue season of Advent. The changes of the season are meant to remind us that God is with us in all seasons and stages of life, therefore we are hopeful people. Our faith calls us out of sadness and despair. We expect a presence that will save us from everything that harms our spirits and our bodies. We light candles to show our hopeful Christian natures. Tomorrow we will light the first candle on the Advent wreath. The entrance rite will be a little different tomorrow. Instead of the usual kyrie and hymn of praise, we will sing a verse of an Advent hymn, hear a reading to focus our minds, light the first candle on the wreath, then give our individual spirits a moment of freedom through supportive silence before we continue with the prayer of the day.
The choir rehearses at 8:45 am.
Andrea Vogt is home from college. She will play music of Bach on her violin.
Remember to fill in your pledge cards, and take a bookmark made by Carrie Munford’s faith-formation class.
Thanksgiving potluck following the service. Bring a dish to share.
Florence House Christmas wishes are on ornaments in the window of the fellowship hall. I hope that every family in our church will take an ornament, buy the item on the card and bring the item back unwrapped.
Advent fair next Sunday, December 4. This is a another good time to invite your friends and neighbors to church.
Pinoy Reading Buddies book packing December 10. 9:30 am. Confirmation and high school students are invited to help.
Thank you to those of you who have communicated with Kim Canning about your child’s attendance at the Christmas program rehearsals and program. I have heard from two of you that your child would like to play music during the program. If there are others, let me know Sunday.