Sunday Worship December 3, 2023

Grace to you and peace, from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ!  First, two reminders:  We will have a potluck Thanksgiving luncheon following worship tomorrow, with turkey generously prepared by Lisa Groo.  Please bring your favorite side dishes as we continue the holiday season on this first Sunday of Advent!  Please also mark your calendars for December 10th, when we will have our Quarterly Meeting following worship. 

There are ways in which the church (liturgical/worship) calendar leaps out at us in the secular world, even while sometimes more subtle things happen during worship.  Advent this year is not one of those subtle shifts, with the movement from Matthew’s Gospel to the Gospel of Mark coming as a bit of a jolt.  In Mark, we meet apocalyptic predictions and harsh words of judgment.  Still, we know this quiet season to be one in which we look for hope, and hope there is.  In days that grow shorter, afternoons feeling like evening, we long for light and are promised that light.  We begin moving toward Christmas in that spirit of hope.  Knowing that the vocabulary of our faith is new to some people and, at best, unfamiliar to some of us, during Advent I will preach on some of the terms that may give us pause.  From where does our light come?  

Blessings and deep peace to you, 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. Masks are suggested in the sanctuary and required during the singing of hymns, as the virus spreads most easily with the projection of droplets.

Children’s Message                                      Pastor Lisa

Psalm 80, NCH p. 672                                  Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

A Reading from the Hebrew Bible                 Isaiah 64:1-9

A Reading from the Gospels                          Mark 13:24-37

Message                     “Advent Words of God: Apocalypse and Judgment”                      Pastor Lisa

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.   

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.

Worship Bulletin:

December 3, 2023
Service of Worship for Home

To join us 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: 823 0743 9648
Passcode: 957333