"A tiny baby, lying in a manger……" is the image we see of Jesus so much this time of year. And in worship this week, the first Sunday after Christmas Day, we celebrate the birth of Christ. We'll sing some of our favorite Christmas hymns and more. Yet Pastor Bob Shaw reminds us, in message based upon Luke 2:41-52, that we cannot leave Jesus in the manger. He became a man and we need to let Jesus do that very thing in our minds and hearts. Our prayer is that this worship will be meaningful to you, with a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ as we grow into followers of Christ. Continue reading →
Not everyone feels like jingle bells and joy to the world this Christmas or any Christmas. Perhaps this is you, or someone you know.
In recognition of this, we humbly offer this short time of meditation with scripture, song, and a special message entitled, "Bones and Breath," from Minister Amy Grogan. This worship is a contemplative and quiet time of recognizing Christ's birth. We hope that you will share it.
Order of Worship:
1. Introduction, opening music: instrumental, "Wind in the Olive Trees," played by Pam Barksdale
2. Litany of Lament
3. Lighting of the Christ Candle, song: "One Candle is Lit," v 5
4. Song: Emmanuel
5. Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14, read by Russ Smith, Bob Shaw
6. Homily: "Breath and Bones," Amy Grogan
7 Hymn: "How Far is it to Bethlehem?" Dean Phelps
8. Reading of the Christmas scripture: Luke 2:1-20
9. Sending Out
10 Silent Night, v. 1, 4, with candles
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"But you, O Bethlehem…" are words shared by the prophet Micah to Israel during the eighth century BCE. What did this prophecy mean? Join us today as we look at these words from so long ago, their meaning then and their meaning now in each of our lives. Rev. Russ Smith brings our special message today, speaking from Micah 5:2-5. We also continue lighting candles on the Advent wreath: this Sunday we light the fourth candles, the Candle of Love. Continue reading →
From Rev. Deb Phelps: While beginning to preach this week's sermon, the third Sunday of Advent, I asked listeners to reflect upon persons in their lives whose lives seemed to radiate God's joy, even amidst sorrow, grief, and trouble. My mind went to our DisciplesNet colleague Rev. Dr. Audrey Borschel. She helped launch DisciplesNet Church, volunteering to work with us despite being in recovery from breast and bone cancer, recent brain surgery, and continuing chemotherapy to slow down the cancer. She knew her time was short but chose to give what she could to our DisciplesNet viewers, especially knowing that some may be experiencing some similar challenges.
Audrey loved to preach the "Joy" sermon for advent, and she did so our first three years. Complications of cancer finally took her life in April of 2014, and we miss her greatly. As I thought of Audrey's joyfulness that she loved to share, I realized that the sermon I would like to share this Advent would be from her own. So for our sermon today, we have a repeat of Rev. Borschel's sermon from 2012, For Prophets Now and Then, and Audrey's gift of song as well.
It is our prayer that you will be blessed by this message, and will find ways to share God's joy in the world around you. Continue reading →
"You have worn me out! God tells the people of Israel through the prophet Malachi." We hope that you'll join us for worship today this Second Sunday in Advent as we look at what it is like to be in the gold refiner's fire.
Rev. Charles Webb will be bring our message, speaking from Malachi 2:17-3:4 .Join us in worship as we explore these ideas, as we explore God's refining and sculpting of us in 30 minutes of scripture, prayer, singing, communion. Continue reading →