Join us Christmas Eve for Christmas Karaoke (singing, food, & games) at 6:00 followed by Candlelight Worship at 8:00.
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.
Our journey to Bethlehem begins today with a word from the prophets. Speaking to another people in another place and time, the prophet Isaiah speaks anew to those who follow Jesus. Just as the prophet gives voice to the hope of God to the Israelites of the past, he gives hope to us in a new era filled with new challenges and fears. Hear the words anew! Hear the still speaking God’s through our holy scriptures.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2 CEB
The Condon UCC begins Advent with a Hanging of the Greens service on Sunday, December 1 at 10:30. Begin your spiritual journey toward Christmas with us. For more information email CondonUCC@gmail.com.
The United Church of Christ in Condon begins Advent with a Hanging of the Greens service at 10:30 on the first of December. The season will culminate with Christmas Karoake and a candlelight service on Christmas Eve.
Advent is the Christian season leading up to Christmas which begins four Sundays before Christmas. The ancient season of Advent focuses on spiritual preparation for Christmas.
“Chasing the perfect gift is not what the Advent season is all about. It is about preparing our hearts and minds for the birth of the one who embodies the divine love,” explains Pastor Tim Graves of the local UCC.
When worshipers arrive for service on the first, the sanctuary will be undecorated. By the end of the Hanging of the Greens service, the sanctuary will be decked out for the holidays. The service will feature short readings from scripture, about the various types of decorations, and singing of hymns and carols.
Besides the Hanging of the Greens service on the first, the Condon UCC will have special features in Sunday worship each week of Advent including the lighting of the advent candles, telling of a Children Worship & Wonder story, and on at least one Sunday, liturgical dance.
A Longest Night service, sometimes called Blue Christmas, will be held on Friday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. This service will provide recognition that despite cultural expectations the time leading up to Christmas is not always filled with joy. Many struggle during this time of year with depression and other feelings of grief and loss. The Longest Night service, timed to nearly coincide with the longest night of the year, is a service of recognition of those feelings of darkness and the yearning for healing.
Christmas Karaoke will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Community members and others can listen to others sing or give the Karoake machine a whirl themselves. The UCC will provide refreshments and a roaring fire.
Following Christmas Karaoke will be a candlelight service at eight. The service will speak to the joy of the birth of the Christ child and conclude with candles and a living nativity.
“We encourage those participating in the Karaoke to join us for the candlelight service but participation in one does not imply participation in the other. Those who worship at other churches are welcome to join us for singing and food before leaving for their own houses of worship,” says Graves.
Something for everyone at donated prices.
There will be lunch food for the hungry and a silent auction for a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
With Christmas decorations already in the stores, it’s probably late. Please watch this video from the Advent Conspiracy. We will be discussing some of the issues raised in this video in the coming weeks. (Advent begins December 1.)