Worship Theme for Sunday, December 10th

The Second Sunday of the Season of Advent continues with the theme of preparing the way of the Lord – in our hearts, in our lives, in the world.  We are called to re-order our lives so that nothing would get in the way of the Lord’s coming. We say it to one another in worship, in order to say it with our lives in a world in need of justice and peace.

Between our regular worship service. This will be an opportunity to make a fun calendar together to mark the days until we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Scripture lessons: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85; 2 Peter 3:8-15; Mark 1:1-8

Prayer of the Day: “Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son.  By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. ” Amen

Worship Theme for Sunday, December 3

From the church’s perspective this Sunday marks the beginning of a new year and a new season.. This church season is called “advent”. In Advent we are called to remember God’s promise.  A promise made by God that God is always at work in the world, bringing new beginnings and a new creation to people and powers who have long bent on destruction. Yet, because we live in the time that exists between the “already” of Christ’s resurrection and the “not yet” of God’s full restoration of the creation, we cannot know when that final day will arrive. So we watch with hopeful anticipation of the breaking in of God’s Kingdom.

Scripture lessons: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7,17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13: 24-37.

Prayer of the Day: “Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father  and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” Amen

Worship Theme for Sunday, November 26

From the church’s perspective, this day is the end of the church year when we acknowledge that “Christ is the King”. In the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.

Scripture readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24; Psalm 95: 1-7; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Prayer of the Day: “O God of power and might, your Son shows us the way of service, and in him we inherit the riches of your grace. Give us the wisdom to know what is right and the strength to serve the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”