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SERMON SNAPSHOT - December 21, 2014

"Love came down at Christmas" is one of our shortest and- as far as I can tell- unsung hymns. We make excuses for not singing such songs. That's sad, because many unfamiliar hymns are the most profound. Written by Christina Rossetti in 1885, It has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers, including Leo Sowerby and John Rutter. It is also sung to the traditional Irish melody, "Garton." More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band "Jars of Clay" on their 2007 album, "Christmas Songs." Ms. Rossetti was inspired to write "Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine; love was born at Christmas, star and angel gave the sign. Worship we the God-head, love incarnate, love divine; worship we our Jesus, but wherewith for sacred sign? Love shall be our token, love be yours and love be mine; love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign."

SERMON SNAPSHOT - December 14, 2014

Have you ever wondered how many times certain words appear in the Bible? Words like "love", for instance. Several sources say around 540 times. How about "joy"? More than 200. But did you notice that I said, "words like...love, or joy"? Yet we know that there is nothing quite "like" either. Love, joy, peace, etc. have their own individual qualities. The Advent emphasis for today is joy. Like love, the main question about joy is, "can we see it?" Yes, but only as it is made visible by a joyful (or joy-filled) person. Can others see joy in you? In me? How so? Today's sermon seeks to answer that.

SEASON OF EXPECTION - Nov. 30, 2014

Advent begins the Christian year with the first Sunday nearest November 30th. The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent. Each candle represents an aspect of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today we begin with HOPE, believing that God keeps His promises. This will be followed by PREPARATION, then JOY, LOVE, finally with the lighting of the CHRIST CANDLE on Christmas Eve. Please note that December's Holy Communion will be celebrated during this Candlelight service at 7:00 p.m. Next Sunday's morning worship will feature our Chancel Choir presenting the cantata, "The First Noel: Celebrating the Birthday of a King". Bring a friend and share the joy!

Church Calendar

Tue Dec 23 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
T'ai Ch'i
Wed Dec 24 @12:00AM
CHRISTMAS EVE
Wed Dec 24 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Upper Room Study & Prayer
Wed Dec 24 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
ZUMBA
Wed Dec 24 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Wed Dec 24 @ 7:00PM - 08:15PM
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Thu Dec 25 @12:00AM
CHRISTMAS DAY
Thu Dec 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Choir Practice
Sun Dec 28 @ 8:45AM - 09:45AM
Praise Team Practice
Sun Dec 28 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Sunday School

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