Tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent and the first Sunday of the month. So, we have a busy morning of worship, including Communion. After a very long time without the congregation partaking in the sacrament, we will again be serving the bread and the cup! Communion is one way that we rejoice in our unity this season, with the familiar symbols joining others in this special season. Our young people will be creating Advent wreaths that help us remember the light of Christ that has come and will come, and we are all invited to celebrate that light during our candlelighting ritual in the beginning of our worship service. Helping us to celebrate this Sunday is our Chimes Choir and also special music from our neighbor Clair Maxwell, who will offer a postlude on the organ. We are grateful for all our church musicians!
Other symbols on which we will focus this weekend come from the scripture texts we read. Our passage from Isaiah introduces familiar images that we may consider in new ways. The coming Messiah is proclaimed as arising as a “shoot” from “the stump of Jesse.” We may choose to ponder what is cut away and what new growth may come; what is winnowed and what is left as we make ourselves ready for new life. All are welcome to celebrate and to make ready with us.
Blessings and peace, Lisa
Worship at Home Materials: We will be offering worship
in-person as well as on Zoom this coming Sunday. Coffee & tea are available after the church service. We ask that if you have not yet been vaccinated you attend worship via Zoom. Masks are
required during the singing of hymns, as the virus spreads most easily with the projection of droplets.
Below you will find materials to accompany this week’s Sunday Morning
Worship via Zoom. An order of service with scripture readings, to
accompany the service, are available by clicking the following links.
Lesson from the Hebrew Bible Isaiah 11:1-10
Lessons from the Gospels Matthew 3:1-12
Sermon “A Shoot or a Stump”
Helpful Hint: If you are planning to join the Sunday morning worship Zoom call, you might wish to print the following documents prior to joining the call, if you have that capability.
*A link to the sermon will be shared on our website during the week following the service.
December 4, 2022
Service of Worship for Home
To join Rev. Lisa Durkee for worship via Zoom, please use the following information.
Whether or not you choose to set up an account, when it’s time for the meeting, click the following link:
Meeting ID: 836 9701 9895