Grace to you and peace, from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ! Each year during Advent, I field questions from several people along the lines of “why aren’t we singing Christmas carols!?” Well, I explain, because it isn’t yet Christmas. It is Advent, whose texts and meaning is very different. Well, we are now in the midst of the “twelve days of Christmas,” leading us to Epiphany, which falls on January 6th. So, we will sing carols and more carols tomorrow, as well as sing in the new year. Join us for scripture that reveals to us more about the child Jesus and more to us about our hope for peace.
With peace in mind, I also would share that I have been invited to speak at the gathering at the State House in Augusta this Wednesday, as part of the Maine Gun Safety Coalition’s presence as we urge our legislators to pass strong gun safety legislation in the session that begins this January 3rd. I welcome your prayers! Those of us who plan to carpool will gather at the church at 7:00 to make certain that we find parking and make our way to the Hall of Flags in good time. Please send me an email if you plan to join 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. Masks are suggested in the sanctuary and required during the singing of hymns, as the virus spreads most easily with the projection of droplets.
Psalm 148, NCH p. 721 Psalm 148
A Reading from the Hebrew Bible Isaiah 61:10-62:3
A Reading from the Gospels Luke 2:22-40
Christmas Carol Extravaganza
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.
December 31, 2023
Service of Worship for Home
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Meeting ID: 875 9905 0402