Christmas Eve Service

Come join with us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. This may be one of the most beautiful services of the year. We will worship through song, scripture, communion and candlelight. Hope to see you there, and if not, have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!five-advent-candles

Longest Night/Blue Christmas Service

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December 21st is the longest night of the year. Join us on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30pm as we participate in our annual “Longest Night / Blue Christmas” Service. This service is a time to mourn and a time to grieve during what is presented to us as a season of celebration. For many, if not all, of us there will be empty chairs around our tables of celebration this season. Those chairs may be empty because of death, because of distance, or because of discord. Whatever the reason, we mourn the brokenness and fragmented nature of our lives, even as we await the birth of Christ.

Please join us for this service of song, contemplation,scripture, communion and silence.

 

In Response

A Facebook friend of mine posted this. It was written by Lee Yates. I hope you find it as helpful. I did.  -Alex Ruth

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In light of tragic shootings in Oregon and Connecticut this week, here are a few simple steps for you and your family.
Talk – Make sure you talk about your own feelings and provide opportunities for your family and those you care for to do the same. Honest sharing is important. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our anger, guilt, or shame. The Psalms are filled with anger, hate, and desires for revenge. They are also filled with words of praise and hope.

Talk to God – Pray with the same honesty you use with friends and family. God knows how you feel and may even have some of the same feelings. Remember, God doesn’t cause tragedy but is very present with us in the midst of darkness.

Move – When scary things happen, our bodies go into “fight or flight” mode. This is a natural response to profound hurt or fear. Exercise can help get some of the “ick” out of yours system.

Reflect – Allow yourself to change your mind about how you feel and how you feel called to respond. Keep talking, but also take some time to journal or just be in silence.

Respond – Allow events in your life and in the world to impact you in a positive way. Spend more time with family. Advocate for change in your community. Get involved in the lives of those who need you. If you feel called to do something and that calling doesn’t go away, then take seriously your desire to make a difference and do it!

Pray
Lord of Life and Light, hold us in your arms.
Lord of Care and Compassion, linger near.
Even when we are consumed by anger, fear and grief; we come to you in prayer.
Even when we don’t have words to share our feelings, we bring our hearts to you.
May we know your presence and dwell in your light. AMEN.

Call to Prayer

I am sure you have heard of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to and for all those affected by this tragic event, and to all those grieving and affected by this and the many other tragedies (personal and public) that occur around the globe.

God, we do not understand. We are dumb-founded when tragedy strikes, we long or there to be some logic, some way to “understand.” But there is no logic, no way to comprehend what would cause anyone to commit such a heinous crime. God Who Is, wrap your loving presence around the community of Newtown, around this country, around your world. God, make your presence known in the midst of this chaotic and fragmented world, we pray. Amen.