Below is a list of some upcoming events that we will be hosting or participating in. We would love to have you join us!
For details about any of these events, contact the church office.
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP will be at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 24.
There will be no 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service this year, and no services on Christmas Day.
A PRAYER VIGIL for justice in our nation and in our world will be held on Christmas Eve at 9:00 p.m. The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated.
We will undecorate the church Sunday, January 4, after worship.
MOVIE NIGHT Friday, January 16 at the home of Jill and Bob von Trebra. We will gather for a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m., and show the film starting about 7:00 p.m. Please sign up or call the von Trebra’s so we know how many folks to expect. We will watch the film “The Mission,” starring Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons.
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Join us for our annual Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 21
Bring your child(ren), or yourself to take part in our Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 21. We need people of all ages to help tell the story of Jesus’ birth. No parts to memorize, no rehearsal. It’s as impromptu as the first Christmas! Come to the church at 9:15 a.m. on December 21 to get a part and a costume — or bring your own costume. YOU are part of the story.
Join us for brunch in our Fellowship Hall following the worship service! Who needs to go out to some restaurant for Sunday brunch when you can dine at our place with angels and magi?
The Nativity by He Qi, China
Help us celebrate Christ’s birth as we worship on Christmas Eve!
OUR TRADITIONAL CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP will be at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 24. We will tell the story of Jesus’ birth with scripture readings, carols, and beautiful music from our choir.
WE WILL ALSO HAVE A PRAYER VIGIL FOR JUSTICE IN OUR NATION AND IN OUR WORLD at 9:00 p.m., on Christmas Eve. The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated.
We will not have any worship services on Christmas Day, December 25.
SONG OF LOVE
A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on December 14, 2014 (Third Sunday of Advent)
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-37
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
- Luke 1:26-38
During this season of Advent we have been hearing some of the great songs of the season. Not “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” but some of the ancient songs of the Bible that are traditionally read during Advent. The psalms are a collection of some of the great songs of the people of Israel. They may have been sung in worship, or as spiritual songs for personal use. In particular we have been hearing psalms each week that express the themes of the Advent candles we light each week: hope, peace, and today — love. Continue reading