Candlelight Festival of Lessons & Carols
Traditional Christmas carols sung by the congregation,
old and new Christmas anthems sung by the choir,
familiar Scripture readings telling the ancient
and ever-new story of the birth of Jesus.
Bring friends and family ~ make a tradition!
Sunday, December 17, 4:00 p.m.
Light supper follows in the Fireside Room.
GREETINGS FROM THE PASTOR
“God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” ~ 2 Corinthians 9: 8
Paul’s letters to the Christians in Corinth combined pastoral care and concern, along with instructions and advice on how to live out the demands of the gospel within their community. Paul wanted them to understand more deeply what it meant to be followers of Jesus. He wanted for them a life together that was filled with peace and integrity and for their witness in Corinth to be open-hearted and inviting. He wanted them to use their financial resources to build up the whole Church and to care for those in need.
By the time of his second letter, the relationship between Paul and the Christians in Corinth had become strained. Scholars believe that the later chapters of the second letter were written either in the midst of a heated controversy, or shortly thereafter. Despite this rocky relationship, Paul’s letters to the congregation in that ancient city are still full of hope and of advice we can use today. Many of the Christians in Corinth were slaves or laborers. None of the Christians had anything like the wealth we take for granted. But Paul told them that God would give them more than everything they needed. With the abundance they were receiving, Paul said, there would always be enough for them to be generous in their own sharing.
We live in a time when many people around us are aware of how much they don’t have. There are times when we ourselves believe that God has given us just enough to get by, just enough to take care of ourselves and our families. But in fact, most of us are wealthy people. We have more than we need, and with all that we have received, there is this great blessing: we are always able to be generous.
The spirit of generosity is not something we have to work up for ourselves. The spirit of generosity is God’s gift to us. This spirit pulls us closer to God and to the world around us. In society, this spirit makes a witness about our faith in God and our confidence that God keeps promises.
Soon you will be receiving a letter from the Stewardship Committee regarding your financial pledge of support for the ministries and programs of the church. You will be asked to bring your pledge card with you on Pledge Sunday, November 19th. For your consideration and meditation between now and that time…
The question before us is never, “What do I have to give?” It isn’t even, “What can I afford?” The question is, “How can I be generous?” God will always make it possible for us to be generous, because God loves us and God is always at work loving the world through us.
Peace, Rev. Margret
ADVENT DEVOTIONAL SERIES
The season of Advent is the four-week period preceding the birth of Jesus the Christ. The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. Here at church we mark the Advent season with the lighting of the Advent candles. Traditionally, the four candles (3 purple, 1 pink) represent the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
To mark this special time and to prepare ourselves to receive God’s great gift, Jesus Christ, I invite you to join me for a special Advent Devotional series. Beginning on Monday, November 13th, and meeting every Monday through December 18th from 1:00-2:30, we will gather to read scripture, pray and to color. Yes, I said, Color!
There is an Advent Journey Coloring poster for each week of Advent (3’x2’), as well as a poster each for Christmas and Epiphany (6’x2). Each poster is based on scripture and comes with a devotional.
LARGE PRINT WORSHIP BULLETINS
Worship Bulletins are now available in large print, which will make the Order of Worship, insert and hymns easier to read. If you would like a large print copy, please ask a deacon for one. We ask for your patience, as we get an idea of how many we’ll need.
Our Chapel is open for a private moment before Sunday’s service or during the week. You are invited to come early and take a moment to thank God for a good week or for help with a challenge.
830 Corbin Avenue
New Britain, CT 06052
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN LOVE.” . . . Ephesians 3:17