Wyatt Biggs’ Art Show in the Gallery

We have a pop up art show in The Gallery at National Avenue! Wyatt Biggs is back from college during winter break and sharing some of his incredible work. Concerning his work, Wyatt says, “Function has always inspired me to create objects that focus on their use. I believe in using the material in a way that embraces the properties of the material. The user inspires me to create unique yet functional pieces of art. I strive to find a balance between design and function. Through the process of creating functional art I find purpose.”

If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift or want to spend your Christmas money, Wyatt’s pieces are for sale in the Gallery, and will be on display through January 8th! A portion of all sales (25%) will go to Doctors Without Borders.

Worship Cancelled Today: December 18th

Due to extreme cold and icy conditions, worship and all other church activities have been cancelled for today. Please stay safe and warm!

Here is a song from today’s liturgy. We invite you to lift your voice; may hope, peace, joy and love be yours this morning. We look forward to being together on Christmas Eve!

Come Celebrate                                                     Tune: ADESTE FIDELES
O Come, raise your voices!
Sing with joy and gladness!
Sing of the marvel and the wonder we know!
Born in the heart and shared the wide world over!
Come, celebrate the story!
Come, celebrate the story!
Come, celebrate the story;
the story of love!

Through countless trials,
in the bleakest hours,
over the barriers that lay in their way,
millions have carried light into the darkness.
We celebrate their stories!
We celebrate their stories!
We celebrate their stories;
the stories of love!

Wonder of wonders!
Strength beyond all knowing:
human compassion meeting needs in the world!
Ours is the task to carry on this story –
to celebrate the glory –
to celebrate the glory –
to celebrate the glory –
the glory of love!                                                -lyrics by Scott Kearns

Week of Compassion

This week, the conflicts in Syria have been on our hearts and minds. If you are called to help, consider making a donation to Week of Compassion. The services they have been providing, and will continue to provide, are helping those most afflicted by the ongoing violence in their communities, and those who have fled in hopes of safety. The excerpt below is from their recent statement of impact (http://www.weekofcompassion.org/our-impact/):

“Within Syria, especially in Aleppo, funds provide immediate food and water relief, delivered through our network of church partners who create a collaborative network of compassion in dire circumstances. Although there has been a ceasefire in Aleppo, violence has not ceased. As of Thursday morning, our partners remain in Aleppo providing food and water even as the situation develops…

As the situation in Syria and the surrounding Middle East is expected to worsen in the near future, Week of Compassion is committed to continuing to provide emergency support. We will continue to be in communication with those on the ground. We will continue to listen to the voices of those who implore the world to hear their cry. We will continue to work with our global church partners to end this conflict. We will increase our efforts to advocate for peace for all people.

During this time we are called as church to respond to our sisters and brothers in need. We hold the suffering of the Syrian people in prayer and we continue to pray that all people come to live in peace.

Your generosity and support allows our church to be present with the suffering and in solidarity with the vulnerable. In this season of Advent, we await Christ’s coming into the world. As we wait, we prepare Christ’s way through our actions: comforting the weeping, healing the wounded, feeding the hungry, and protecting the vulnerable.”

4th Sunday of Advent: The Beautiful Not Yet

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This Sunday is a special day in the life of our church! We will receive a beautiful musical gift in worship; a brass & percussion ensemble will join our Chancel Choir to celebrate the season! You won’t want to miss this amazing musical offering!

As we look toward the fourth Sunday of our Advent sermon series, click on this link to listen to Carrie Newcomer’s “The Beautiful Not Yet” in preparation for worship this Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aceVe58mU0M

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After worship we will continue the celebration with our Christmas Party in the Gallery! There will be fun activities for children, a hot cocoa bar, and a screening of The Grinch. We hope to see you there!

Christmas & New Year’s Worship

christmas-worshipOn Christmas Eve, we will share a No-Stress Christmas Pageant. No rehearsals. No lines. Every child who would like to participate that evening may choose a manger scene costume and join us in telling the story of Jesus’ birth. Our child-friendly Christmas Eve service is at 7pm and we will start assembling our pageant characters at 6:30pm in the Narthex.

On Christmas Day we will gather at 10am in the Gallery for a light breakfast and a simple, short and sweet worship with scriptures and carols. You are welcome to come in your Christmas pj’s!

Please note: because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, there will be no 11pm Christmas Eve candlelight service or spiritual formation classes on Sunday morning. We look forward to this special opportunity to share Christmas together!

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We are so fortunate to have the chance to gather on New Year’s Day this holiday season! Kathryn Boone will lead an experiential worship in the Gallery on Sunday, January 1st, 2017 at 10am. We will spend time reflecting the past year’s growth and look toward the future of our church and our lives together to usher in the new opportunities of the coming year.

3rd Sunday of Advent: You Can Do This Hard Thing

eat-play-love-december-2016This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent: Joy! Before worship, come to the Gallery for Breakfast for All at 8:30, then Stories & Play (as well as other spiritual formation classes) at 9:00.

We look forward to hearing the joyful sounds of our handbell and chancel choirs in worship at 10:00!

We will continue with our sermon series, The Beautiful Not Yet, by exploring Carrie Newcomer’s “You Can Do This Hard Thing.”
Click on the following link to listen to the song before we gather for worship on Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRGnftH_g4I

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2nd Sunday of Advent: The Season of Mercy

This Sunday is the second week of Advent, and we are fortunate to have Queen City Voices join our Chancel Choir in worship to bring us beautiful music! If you enjoy what you hear, be sure to check out their concert next Sunday, December 11th- 2pm at the Springfield Art Museum.

To continue our sermon series: The Beautiful Not Yet, we will be looking at the text from Carrie Newcomer’s “The Season of Mercy”. Take a moment to listen to this song in preparation for the week to come. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8w_EBOBSow

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