This week
Sunday, December 21, 2014

Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults

Rev. Erin Wathen Scripture: Luke 1:26-38

An angel appears to Mary, and tells her that she will be the mother of God’s son. And her response is to sing. She sings of all the ways the world will be changed by the child who’s coming. She sings about a complete reversal of the world’s order; a new day for the poor and lame; and the universal scope of God’s saving love.

Mary’s was the original Christmas carol. And ever since she sang “My soul gives glory to my God,” we’ve come up with a whole cache of songs that help us to worship, to celebrate, and to better proclaim the good news of this season. Of course, when a young pop star somehow manages to make ‘I Want a Hippopotamus’ sound kind of torrid; or when the Chipmunks are involved…it can all start to feel like a dreadful seasonal virus that just will not quit. Don’t get me wrong, some secular tunes capture the joy of the holiday, even if they’re not exactly…holy. BUT, whatever we love or hate about the music scene, we remember that it all started with Mary’s proclamation: that God is doing a new thing on earth, and it will be good news for people who are most in need of some good news.

We’ve heard a different version of the Magnificat every Sunday of Advent—to remind us what Christ’s coming means for the poor, the homeless, the refugee, and the ones who hang around the edges (with John the Baptist, and all his crazy friends). As we think about Sanctuary, and how we meet Jesus in the stranger, we can’t help but notice all the ways that the world is not ready—WE are not ready—for the gift that’s coming.

BUT…Mary sang anyway. So we will too. Even if we’re not ready; even if we live in a violent, fearful time; even on these long, dreary days when it seems to get dark right after lunch time… and even when Jingle Bell Rock comes on the radio for the 8-thousandth time… We sing into that darkness and believe, with all our might, that love is on the way.

Come Sunday and sing with us. We promise, no Chipmunks.
Peace, Erin

This Sunday's Special Music:
8:30: Cindy Egger-Farris, Joy Zimmerman & Darin Seidel; 10:45: Saint Andrew Choir, Julie Haramia & Janice Rawlings

Adult Education Offerings @ 9:30 am:
Adult Education "Exploring the Magnificat" with Rev. Erika Marksbury- Friends Hall
more info on the Adult Education page.
• No Studying the Scriptures - Room 102
• Thoughtful Parents - Room 202; “The First Christmas” with Rev.Denise Dugan - A topic highly ranked by the class was basic concepts of Christianity. We'll take a look at the stories of Jesus' birth and what it means to say that Jesus is "God with us."

Christmas Eve

On-Going Events:
• Bible Study: second and fourth Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, Room 202/203.
• Parents' Dinner In: fourth Friday of the month. Read more on the Children's Page.
• Grief: A Living Experience with Jody Gyulay: first Sunday of the month, 11:45, Room 102.
• Town Hall Meetings: Once a month, we have an open forum to discuss ideas, events and opportunities in our congregation and community. Watch this space for the date of our next meeting.
(Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: December 21, read more on the SAGE Page.

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