December 16, 2018: Third Sunday in Advent: Joy

Meditation Verse: “Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’” (Luke 3:9)

Old Testament: Isaiah 12:2-6

New Testament: Luke 3:7-18

Sermon: “Out on a Limb with John”

Theme: John the Baptist went way out on a limb in order to proclaim the authentic good news from God. What does that mean for us?

December 23, 2018: Fourth Sunday in Advent: Love

Meditation: “He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.” (Luke 1:52-53)

Old Testament: Micah 5:2-5a

New Testament: Luke 1:39-55

Sermon: “The Christmas Birthday Burden”

Theme: The observance of Jesus’ birth is not easy. It is a reminder to look for God incarnate in a world gone completely off the deep end.

 

 

December 24, 7:00 PM: Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service

Selected verses from the gospels regarding the birth of Jesus will be read;

Favorite Christmas carols will be sung ending with “Silent Night”

Meditation: “A Champion for the People”

December 30, 2018: Christmastide; Guest Preacher,

Meditation verse:"The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread." (1Sam. 3:1b)

Old Testament: 1Samuel 3: 1-10

New Testament: John 1: 43-51

Sermon:“A Breakdown in Communication”
Theme:It is not just in our own times that communication with God has broken down. What should we do when God is not getting through to us and what does God do?

January 6, 2019: Epiphany; Ordination and Installation of Elders

Meditation Verse: …Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” Matt. 2:1b-2

Epistle: Ephesian 3:1-12

Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon: “Mystery Riders”

Theme: A new year is a time to remember the Magi who knew they were in a liminal time: looking forward and looking back.