Worship Schedule

Worship Schedule

December 4

10:00 AM  Worship led by Tom Lenhart and Rebecca Pugh

Music:        Harp melodies for the sacrament of Holy Communion, with Joanne McMahon , Lucas Callahan, and the chancel choir

10:15         Pageant Rehearsal during Sunday School Hour

3:00 PM     Ordination of Gail Doktor

December 11

10:00 AM  Worship led by Rebecca Pugh

“God’s Peace”  Isaiah 11:1-10

Music:        songs by Chris Blagg, Michael Eldredge, Joanne McMahon, Lucas Callahan, and the chancel choir

11:15         Pageant Rehearsal after Church

5:00 PM     Healing Service of worship

December 18  Communion Sunday

10:00 AM  Worship led by Rebecca Pugh

“Angels’ Visit”  Matthew 1:18

Music:   Celtic Christmas with the Chancel Choir and Lisa Palance, Celtic Harp

COOKIE WALK

11:15         Pageant Rehearsal after church

5:00 PM     Blue Christmas Service

Music for Blue Christmas with Ray Morley

December 24, Christmas Eve

4:00 PM     Christmas Pageant

7:00 PM     Prelude to Candlelight Service

7:30 PM     Candlelight Service for All Ages with Chris Reif’s Brass Band, with Joanne McMahon, Annie Collins, Jodi Heffernan,

Lucas Callahan, and the chancel choir

December 25  Christmas Day

10:00 AM  Hymn Sing with a special meditation by Rebecca Pugh, and music by Alex Gooski and Joanne McMahon

 January 1, Communion Sunday ~ New Year’s Day

10:00 AM  Family Worship led by Rebecca Pugh

“New Beginnings”

January 8

10:00 AM  Worship led by Rebecca Pugh

“Possibilities”  Matthew 3:13

 January 15

10:00 AM  Worship led by Rebecca Pugh

“All that We Are”   John 1:29

 January 22

10:00 AM  “Called Together”  Matthew 4:12

January 29

10:00 AM  Worship led by Rebecca Pugh

“The Vision Beautiful”  Matthew 5:1-12

11:30 AM  Annual Meeting

Service in Worship

Liturgists
Dec. 4 Amy Pigeon
Dec. 11 Philippa Drew
Dec. 18 Bill Craft
Dec. 25 Steve Hughes
Jan. 1 Ginny Maglio
Jan. 8 Susan Warner
Jan. 15 Tom Kinnare
Jan. 22 Ernie Pigeon
Jan. 29 Beth Viehmann
Counters
Dec. 4 Jim Lahar, Bette Bailey
Dec. 11 John Moss, Liz Krafchuk
Dec. 18 Linda Riley, Jim Lahar
Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) Jim Lahar, Jan Colter
Dec. 25 Steve Walsh, Donna Gordon
Jan. 1 Nancy Mackinney, Steve Hughes
Jan. 8 Linda Riley, Jan Colter
Jan. 15 Jim Lahar, Bette Bailey
Jan. 22 John Moss, Liz Krafchuk
Jan. 29 Linda Riley, Jim Lahar
Hospitality
Dec. 4 Michele Wertz, Lainie Brown
Dec. 11 Barta Hathaway, Jody Johnson,

Kathy Earley

Dec. 18 John & Jean Moss, Sharon Buletza,

Bill McDavitt, Cynthia Curtis

Dec. 25 No coffee hour
Jan. 1 No coffee hour
Jan. 8 Pat Smith, Susan Warner
Jan. 15 Chris Reif & Tom Kinnare, Bette Bailey & Mary Lou Bates
Jan. 22 Connie Price, Kathy & Neil Kristian
Jan. 29 Leslie McCormack, Mary Lou Bryant, Pam Thompson
Feb. 5 Joyce Sanders, Ginny Visser,

Anna Babson, Saesha Parent

Feb. 12 Judy & Mike Eldredge, Liz Krafchuk, Anne Reynolds
Feb. 19 Michele Wertz, Lainie Brown
Feb. 26 Barta Hathaway, Jody Johnson,

Kathy Earley

 

 

Ministers Column

Minister’s Column…

Advent is a series of snapshots: angels visiting ordinary folks, swords forged into plowshares, shepherds praying for help, babies showing up unexpected. Every year it catches us again, coming so soon after Thanksgiving, and bringing us chances to make food for each other, to pray for each other, to see in each other the arrival of an surprise child. Zechariah was no exception to the wildness of the holy story: he prayed in the temple, but when his prayers were answered, he didn’t have context for the answer. The answer was “wait a bit,” but he said, “No”, and so the angels suspended his speech. Ever resourceful, he called for pen and parchment, which probably made things worse for his relationship with the angels.

The call of the Advent season is both to silence and to voice, and therein lies our most perfect challenge. At the beginning, this year more than ever perhaps, we, with Zechariah, find ourselves struck by stillness, and this stillness brings us to a holy place. It may be that our fear has driven us here. It may be that the Advent story is so vivid for us that we find ourselves speechless. For Zechariah, it was that he had so much doubt that the angels gave his imagination a chance to catch up to his mouth. Whether it is fear or doubt or some other inroad that brings us to a stillness before God, we are lucky if we find ourselves here. And we are luckier still if we do not call for pen and parchment, but sit with God in the quiet, listening.

In our country, people have been rushing forward with hasty speeches and busy pens, but a bit of quiet is a good thing for us, as we reflect and seek our next steps. We are lucky that our tradition has given us Advent this week. It has the potential to slow us down, seek our deep selves, seek God’s deep Self, listen.

Of course the dynamic in Advent is also to be busier, bigger, more than any other time of the year. We spend more than usual, eat and drink more than usual, worry more than usual, and suffer for it. Zechariah may be our most perfect teacher. Perhaps we, like him, can feel ourselves to be called out by the angels for our doubts and fears. Perhaps we, like him, can take on the reluctant discipline of silence. Perhaps we can even suspend the instinct of more, and ask God’s goodness to fill us instead. And in the times to come, there will be speeches, and fine essays written by pens on parchment. I, for one, as the minister, would love to see where this will go for this congregation.

But in the meantime, I invite you to the Advent stillness that is our great summoning.

Join us for prayers, for rock climbing, for a book group, for healing, for silence, for worship. I would love to see you here.

Sincerely, Rebecca Pugh