ADVENT 2019

Advent I – December 1
Communion
World AIDS Day
Rev Todd delivers the Message
Hopeful Joy
Isaiah 2:1-5 (CEB)
Romans 13:11-14 (The Message)
 
Advent II – December 8
Rev Vicky delivers the Message
Loving Joy
Isaiah 11:1-10 (CEB)
Matthew 3:1-12 (NRSV)
 
Advent III – December 15
Rev Vicky delivers the Message
Unabashed Joy
Isaiah 35:1-10 (CEB)
Like 1:46-55 (The Message)
 
Advent IV – December 22
Rev Todd delivers the Message
Peaceful Joy
Isaiah 7:10-16 (CEB)
Matthew 1:18-25 (The Message)
 

CHRISTMAS 2019

Christmas Eve – December 24
Communion Served at all Services
GREAT JOY!
Like 2:1-20 (NRSV)
5:00pm – Family Service 
with the Children’s Impromptu Christmas Show
7:30pm – Lessons & Carols
with Chancel & Handbell Choirs
10:00pm – The Word in Song
 
December 29 – 10:00am
1st Sunday after Christmas
(Rev Vicky’s last Sunday at Epworth)
Rev Vicky delivers the Message
 
December 31
Watch night
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January 2020 Worship Times
10:00am  Combined Worship
 
February 2020 Worship Times
9:15am Contemporary Worship
11:15am Traditional Worship
 
March 2020  thru  2021
7:45am, 9:15am & 11:15am
 

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

“Joy to the World,” a beloved Christmas classic, turns 300 this year. Hymnist Isaac Watts’ interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a “new song” – and it is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. Rather than “joy” being yet another word for “happiness,” we will discover that the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion – all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs.

This Advent we gather together to worship the One Who Is Joy and as we come together, our hearts are expanded. We remember that the heavens declare God’s praise as the sun rises and light multiplies. We witness that all of nature – including each of us – yearns to reach and expand toward the Light so that all might know joy.

What, or who, needs to be lifted up in hope this Advent?

Where have we fallen down in celebrating the beauty of every living being?

How can we find a unity where all are included, like the circle of the wreath?

What keeps us from “making room” in our lives for God?

What perspective needs to be shifted in order to fully embrace joy?
 
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