SEASON OF PENTECOST November 26 Reign of Christ Sunday. Last Sunday of the Church year. Matthew 25:31–46 What do I have to do to inherit the kingdom of God: Love one another

SEASON OF ADVENT December 3 First Sunday in Advent. December 3: Hope (Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44) God of hope, we light this candle as we prepare for the coming of your Son. Awaken our hearts to you this Advent season, so that when Christ arrives, we are ready to receive him with all our hearts, all our minds, and all our strength. Amen. (Light one purple candle.)

HYMN: O Little Town of Bethlehem

December 10: Peace (Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12) God of peace, during this Advent season, keep us from getting caught up in the busyness and chaos of the world around us. Help us to slow down, so that we may find rest in the Prince of Peace, your son, Jesus Christ. Amen. (Light two purple candles).

HYMN: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

December 17: Joy (Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11)

God of joy, it is in your love that we find lasting joy. Keep us from seeking happiness in things that will not last, for we brought nothing into this world and can take nothing out of it. Teach us instead to find joy in the gift of your Son, who came into this world with nothing, yet gave us everything. May his joy bubble up in our hearts and overflow to all we meet this Advent season. Amen. (Light two purple and one pink candle.)

HYMN: Joy to the World

December 24: No morning service. Reflections to be posted on line. Love (Isaiah 7:10-16; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25) God of love, you sent your Son, Jesus, to shine bright like the sun, lighting the way for all who walk in darkness. May the light of Christ’s hope, peace, joy and love shine bright in us as we approach his coming, that we may be ready to welcome him on Christmas day and every day. Amen. (Light all four candles.)

Christmas Eve service. 7pm.