Dear Friends in Christ,
It is December and we once again enter the wonderful Advent and Christmas Season of the Church Year. This is a time of preparation, of expectation, of hope as we look to the coming of our Savior. It is a special and blessed time of the year.
We have numerous things happening at the church for this time of year. The first Sunday of Advent is Dec. 1 and we will make changes in our worship service to reflect that. And we will add Wednesday evening worship services to focus on Advent in an even deeper manner. The Wednesday evening services will be on Dec. 4, 11, and 18. They will be at 7:00 p.m. We will gather at 7:00 and begin with a Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke. Luke tells the Christmas story in a marvelous manner and we will explore all of that. After the study we will worship using the Holden Village Evening Prayer Service. We’ve used this service for a number of years. It is a beautiful service and most appropriate for the Advent season.
Also on the Wednesday nights, we will invite people to come early at 6:30 for a time of prayer. We will focus on praying for our congregation but also on all needs as they arise. I can think of no more important thing to do during Advent than gathering for prayer.
One change for Advent this year. We will not be having the soup suppers before worship on Wednesday night. The suppers have been less and less attended in recent years so we thought we’d try not offering them this year. Wednesday evening will begin with a prayer time at 6:30, followed by worship at 7:00. Please do let the church council know what you think about this. If you want the suppers reinstated we can sure do that for Lent this spring.
Christmas Eve will of course be on December 24, we will again offer two worship services. The first service will be at 7:00 p.m., the second at 11:00 p.m. The 7:00 service is always the larger of the two. It will be high energy and active. The later service is smaller and is more reflective and quieter. Both are beautiful, and both will offer lots of Christmas carols and Holy Communion. Please make a point to invite someone to join us for Christmas worship.
We are also exploring some other activities to add for Christmas Eve. We will share information about them as we get closer.
December is going to be a busy month. It is going to be a special month. Come and share as we look to the coming of our Lord and Savior.