Posted by: deercreekcharge | December 21, 2012

Blessed are you!

This Sunday is the last Sunday in Advent, maryandelizabeth2our fourth Sunday in preparation for the birth of Jesus. To prepare, we will begin the Christmas story readings with Luke 39-55, the Visitation and the Magnificat. Here, we see two pregnant women, one too old and one too young, coming together to unexpectedly but joyfully praise God. Join us for a service of praise and an exploration of the meaning of blessedness!

Don’t forget to join us for Christmas Eve either! Check out our church happenings!

CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Prayer for Newtown, Connecticut from our Bishop Marcus Matthews:

Dearest Lord, As we observe Advent the coming of the Prince of Peace, we are ever mindful of the people around us whose lives have been shaken by acts of senseless violence. We especially lift up the children, the mothers, fathers, and all whose dreams were cut short by a gunman’s bullets. In our grief, we pray for God’s healing presence and the willingness to serve, with humility and love, to create a world that reflects the promise of all that grew from that cradle long ago in Bethlehem. Amen.531873_570143549669849_1025949855_n

Help feed the Homeless at the Day Shelter (New Hope UMC, Edgewood) on the 3rd Friday of the month (MT) and 4th Monday of each month (DC). Next: Christmas Eve (DC)

Knit/Crochet No experience needed— will teach! Make scarves for the homeless or prayer shawls. Meets at 7pm at Mt. Tabor. Next Meeting: December 28.

*Bible Study will wrap up Mon. Jan. 7 and 14th at 10 at Deer Creek.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship: Monday, Dec. 24, 3pm at Mt. Tabor.

A special Christmas Communion service with candlelight and carols! Invite your friends and family!

Christmas Eve Family Service: Monday, Dec. 24, 7pm at Deer Creek.

Our children’s pageant is the center of this service, and we will also light candles and sing carols! Invite your family and friends!

 Prayer for Advent:

God of unmarried mothers, and unknowing fathers, You have shown us in Your own incarnate life how to lift up instead of casting judgment, how to celebrate instead of silencing, to sing Your praises by drawing close to You rather than hiding away. We rejoice in the birth of children, and grieve with those who have lost children and have faced infertility. We celebrate Your kingdom, in which we are all brothers and sisters, and await Your coming into our lives in a new way. We mourn with those for whom Christmas is a difficult time, and pray for Your strength that shines through Your servant Mary. In the name of Christ, the Incarnate One, who gathers us all together, married and unmarried, single and coupled, children and grandparents— call us to sing Your praises, always. Amen. (Mindi Welton-Mitchell, Rev-o-lution)

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