Searching Is Theme for Advent at Condon UCC

The Condon United Church of Christ announced special music, weekly worship, Bible Study, and special services for Advent, the start of the Christian calendar and the season of preparation leading to Christmas. The focus of services and studies will be “Searching”, according to Rev. Tim Graves, pastor of the United Church of Christ.Advent 2014 at Condon UCC flyer

“All of us are on our own spiritual journeys with the Divine One,” explained Rev. Graves. “Our theme of Searching reflects this truth about human existence during this season of preparation for Christmas.”

Advent at the UCC begins Sunday, November 30 with a Hanging of the Greens worship service featuring special music by local artist and musician Dan Robinson. Scripture readings, Advent and Christmas hymns, prayer, and multimedia are interspersed with decorating the sanctuary.

“At the start of a Hanging of the Greens service, the sanctuary is bare. By the end of the service it is decked out in seasonal decorations and liturgical colors,” said Rev. Graves.

Each Sunday morning, as is the practice at the local UCC, begins with Bible study at 9:15 and worship at 10:30. The traditional themes of hope, peace, joy, and love will be incorporated into the searching theme on each of the four Sundays leading to Christmas.

The second Sunday of Advent, December 6, will feature special music by Russell Thompson, grandson of Patti and Dale Thompson.

A Longest Night service will be Sunday evening December 21 at 5:00 p.m. Sometimes called Blue Christmas, many Christian churches now recognize the sadness inherent in the Christmas season for many people.

“The service affirms that not everyone is as happy as our culture tells us we should be at this time of the year,” says Rev. Graves. “The holidays, especially Christmas, are often times when people feel the loss of loved ones, hopes, and dreams. Those searching for work or living in poverty often feel the pressures of spending money they do not have. Even those who appear to have it all, often struggle with depression or blue feelings as the long nights of winter press on.”

The traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service will be at 8:00 p.m. on December 24.

What Are We Gonna Do With The Impossible?

What Are We Gonna Do With The Impossible?

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When faced with the impossible, how can we respond? The text for the second Sunday of Advent is Luke 1:46-56 and Matthew 1:18-25. (You can read them here.) Join us at 10:30 on Sunday, December 8th for spiritual worship that doesn’t require anyone to check their brain at the door.

Talkin’ Back on Something Different Sunday

Talkin’ Back on Something Different Sunday

Something Different Sunday is almost upon us again. It will be like the last time in that we will worship in a different space. It will be like last time in that we will worship interactively. It will be different from last time in that there will be a sermon — a VERY SHORT sermon — followed by Talk Back. Yep, you heard that right. This is your opportunity to respond to the scripture & the pastor’s interpretation of the scripture. You may want to read Luke 16:19-31 beforehand.

Join us at 10:30 on Sunday, September 29 at the Condon UCC!

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If you missed worship yesterday…

If you missed worship yesterday…

September 22, 2013
One Shrewd Dude
Luke 16:1-13

What if we refused to allow the status quo in which 22% of American children live below the poverty line? What if we were shrewd enough to work together to change this instead of accepting the shrewdness of our politicians at assuring those who give them the most money get what they want?