Sunday, December 16, 2018
Third Sunday of Advent
Worship at 8:45am and 10:00am
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” –Luke 1:39-45
8:45am Holy Grounds Casual Service:
Guest Preacher: Susan Wyderko, “What Should We Do?”
Scripture: Isaiah 12:2-6; Luke 3:7-18
10:00am Traditional Service:
Our Chancel Choir, Bells of Faith, and Young Singers of Faith will be joined by Bob Holder, Stephen Czarkowski, and professional musicians as we lead a service of Lessons and Carols for Advent. It is the 100th anniversary of a A Festival of Lessons and Carols. We hope that you will find inspiration and worship as we share music, sing hymns and carols, and connect with Scripture on the journey to Christ’s birth in Bethlehem.
Lessons and Carols: Kings College, Cambridge, England, has been known for centuries for the splendor of its music, and its advancement of what musicians call the English Cathedral Choral tradition. Being among the first institutions to broadcast its Christmas Eve service globally, the world knew about and has adopted and evolved Lessons and Carols for use throughout the church year. The first one was Christmas Eve 1918.
Pray for our world (from the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle ): China, Hong Kong, Macau