In Preparation for Meeting: December 11, 2011

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Christmas or Culture?

“What can I give [Jesus], poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; If I were a wise man, I would do my part; yet what I could give him, give my heart.” ~ from the hymn In The Bleak Midwinter.

This Sunday, we continue our focus on the birth of Jesus and the Christmas season. Karl Hutchinson will lead the congregation in singing Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, In The Bleak Midwinter (quoted above), and Some Children See Him.

The scripture reference this week comes from Luke 1.76-79:

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Clerk Pastor Ken Comfort will offer words on the theme of Christmas or Culture? Looking back at the roots of the cultural elements of the Christmas holiday and how they effect our understanding of Christmas. Below are some queries to help us prepare our hearts and mind for worship:

How does culture affect my experience of Christmas?

What are you hearing from Christ about the essence of Christmas?

We’re also excited to have Matt Burg and Irv Brendlinger sharing a trumpet duet of Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.

Holiday Music & Dessert

Celebrate the season! Beginning at 6:30 pm this Sunday evening, attend a Christmas cantata/concert presented by Reedwood’s music ministry including brass, bells, cello and choir. This year’s cantata is Tapestry of Light: A Celtic Christmas Celebration. Afterward we’ll move downstairs for holiday desserts served in the Friendship Center. Bring family, friends and a favorite dessert to share!