December 21, 2014
Lessons and Carols
Sunday of Advent
Simple Gifts: Joy and Shepherds
with dinner and fellowship following
worship service, “first@five”
(First Church at 5:00 p.m.).
When we launched
two years ago, many people asked me what kind of
service this would be...traditional? contemporary?
While I tend to shy away from these broad labels, there are
some key elements of this service that may give you an
insight into the kind of worship experience we are seeking
to offer. For example, first@five:
Draws on multiple cultures for liturgy and musical
styles, including folk, rock and world music. This is
not just for "flavor" but to be mindful of the entire
world that we are a part of as we worship. This also
serves to make worship as open and welcoming as possible
to people of all cultures and traditions.
Intentionally uses language that reflects the biblical
images of God, our rich theological traditions, and the
diversity found in our world. As stated in The Book of
Order, "The Church is committed to using language in
such a way that all members of the community of faith
may recognize themselves to be included, addressed, and
equally cherished before God.”
Seeks to create a child and youth friendly environment,
incorporating creative and participatory elements. The
service is also a little briefer, typically 40 minutes,
which can be a blessing for those of us with shorter
Invites everyone during the service to light a candle; a
reminder that we are each bearers of God’s light shining
in and through us and symbolizing the offering of our
lives and prayers up to God.
Shares the communion meal together every week, affirming
that Christ invites everyone... everyone... everyone...
who wishes to be fed at the table where Jesus is host to
come and receive—not because we are worthy, but because
we are hungry.
And finally, speaking of “hungry,” we follow the service
every week with dinner in the South Parlor—an extension
of the communion table—to a time of fellowship and
renewal with one another.
Many of our members find
Sunday mornings to be the primary time that they wish to
gather for worship, but also acknowledge that for some,
worship at another time or in a different style may be
desirable. Whichever you choose, we look forward to sharing
worship with you in the months and years to come for The
body of Christ is only complete when you bring yourself and
your gifts to share in our community of faith.
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