November 19, 2017 (Communion Sunday)

Silent Meditation:  I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours. (Matthew 25:25)

OT: Psalm 123

NT: Matthew 25:14-30

Sermon: “Talents, Choice, and Faithfulness”

Theme: Trusting in God enough to risk total failure.

November 26, 2017 (Christ the King Sunday)

Silent Meditation: Must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have fouled with your feet?( Ezekiel 34:19)

OT: Ezekiel 34:11-16; 20-24

NT: Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon: The King’s Six Standards

Theme: Although God’s grace reigns supreme, the grace we are given will be measured by the grace we give.

December 3, 2017 1st Advent: Wait

Meditation:And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake. (Mark:13:37)

OT: Isaiah 64:1-9

NT: Mark 13:24-37

Sermon: While We Wait: Christ’s Last Lecture

Theme: Advent preparation involves paying attention to what really matters.

December 10, 2017 2nd Advent: Watch

Meditation:Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey (Mark 1:6)

OT: Malachi 3:1-4

NT: Mark 1:1-8

Sermon: Watch Out for the Wild Man

Theme: Part of preparing for Christ’s coming anew in our lives is knowing what to watch for and it’s not what we would think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 17, 2017 3rd Advent: Prepare

Meditation: Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word. (1:38)

Scripture: Luke 1:26-37

Sermon: Cantata: “Morning Star” by Lloyd Larson

Theme: Preparing for Christmas through song.

December 24, 2017 4th Advent: Praise

Meditation: And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger… (Luke 2:7).

OT: Isaiah 9:2-7

NT: Luke 2:1-7

Sermon: Praise for the Gift of Christmas

Theme: We celebrate the knowledge and the experience of the sacrificial love of God by participating in that love fully.

December 24, 2017 Christmas Eve 7:00 PM: Proclaim

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion

A Lesson in Carols

Meditation: Proclaiming the Good News: We’re Finally Home

Theme: In Christ, we come to that sought place where we truly belong: Home.

December 31, 2017 – 1st Sun after Christmas: Welcome

Guest Minister: Dr. Bill Young

Meditation: "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch." Isaiah 62:1

OT: Isaiah 61:10-62:3

NT: Luke 2: 22-40

Sermon: "On Not Keeping Silent"  

Theme: Speaking up for the Good news of the Gospel in a world of bad news.