On Sunday we will celebrate the First Sunday in Advent. The first candle of Advent, the candle of Hope, will be lighted. Advent is an invitation to slow down and endeavor to be mindful of, and prepare for, the birth of our Lord Jesus. This invitation is in distinct tension with the ways of the world in which we live where we are urged to become frenetic.
One of the best ways to prepare for the coming of Christmas is in company with the faithful at worship. On Sunday we will contemplate the gift of Hope. Take a break from the litany of doom, gloom, despair and the denial of Hope and join us for worship.
Our choir will sing music of the season.
Following worship we will gather socially with our wonderfully diverse family of faith.
Russ MacLeod will lead an adult class that invites us to think and talk about our journeys in faith.
Don’t forget our Annual Christmas Concert at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening. Come and bring a friend.
This Sunday, November 20, marks the last Sunday in the Christian year. On this day we draw a connection with the end of time when our Lord Jesus will be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (The following Sunday, November 27, will be the first Sunday in Advent; this marks the beginning of a new Church Year.) Sunday November 20, is now liturgically known as “The Reign of Christ Sunday.” (It was formerly known as “Christ the King Sunday.”) On Sunday we anticipate observing the Rite of Christian Baptism. This is a most appropriate way to mark and celebrate the Reign of Christ. Do plan to be in church and support our candidates for Baptism, and share in the community of faith in praise and prayer. The choir will sing; "Thanks Be to God", by Judy Hunnicutt Following the worship service we will have a time for social fellowship. This is an enriching time providing opportunity to meet new friends as well as renew existing relationships. The Adult Class will follow, lead by Russ MacLeod. Russ is leading us on an exploration of the book or Revelation; a book that looks forward to want is to be.
In the aftermath of a week of tumult and turmoil on the political scene, it is a blessing to gather with the community of faith in the sanctuary and contemplate what is truly important in our lives and that of the world around us. Worship of God forms our lives in faith and strengthens us for life in the world.
We gather for worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. We will sing hymns of praise and thanksgiving. The choir will sing “By the Waters of Babylon.” We will pray with and for one another. The gospel this week challenges us to contemplate what happens when we lose our spiritual center.
Following worship, Russ MacLeod will lead the Adult Class. This is always a time of fruitful discussion.
Join us and bring a friend.
Remember: 85% of those who attend church were first invited by a friend or relative.
Rev Jim Sinclair
Pastor Jim is the minister for First United Baptist Church