First Sunday Of Advent
INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY
Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Our Lord’s contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of our Lord in Word and Supper.
FIRST READING: Jeremiah 33: 14-16
PSALM: Psalm 25: 1-10
SECOND READING: 1st Thessalonians 3: 9-13
GOSPEL: Luke 21: 25-36
POINSETTIAS FOR SALE!
Once again this year we will be getting poinsettias for the Altar for Christmas Eve. This year we are getting red blooms and they will, be $15.00 per pot for 8.5” pots. Please take a moment to stop by the bulletin board by the kitchen and sign up for one (or more). Place your money in an envelope and put it in an offering plate. We appreciate your help in making our Altar/Church even more festive for this special night.
ADVENT BEGINS/HAPPY NEW YEAR
November 27th is the first Sunday of Advent. It is one of the shortest Seasons in our calendar (Christmas is shorter.) Each Sunday we will have readings that will help prepare us for the coming of Christ. It is a special time of the year.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be on Friday, December 24th, (Yes, Christmas is on Saturday this year.) at 7 p.m. Please bring friends and family and join us as we celebrate, with candles and special music, the incarnation of God in Christ Jesus!
Please keep these people in your prayers: Michael Koch, Wesley and JoAnne Porter, Nicole Biler Robinette, who is home from the hospital, Dick Stelz, Derek Taylor, who is in Marine Basic Training Parris Island, S.C.; and all of those who are still suffering from COVID 19 and their families.
Please remember all of our shut ins and sick: Arlene Castor and Nancy Hoene. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)
OUR GOVERNMENT CARING
The following statement is attributed to Rev. Eugene Cho, president and CEO of Bread for the World:
“Bread for the World was encouraged by President Biden’s remarks during the COP26 climate summit and the unveiling of the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE). PREPARE would be the United States’ largest investment in climate adaptation for lower-income countries that are vulnerable to climate change.
“Bread recognizes that climate change is a hunger issue and is fueling rapid increases in the numbers of people facing severe hunger. Climate change disproportionately impacts people who have been historically marginalized. It causes droughts, floods, and unpredictable weather patterns which make it difficult for farmers to grow their crops. PREPARE would help farmers and communities adapt to climate change and significantly reduce hunger worldwide.
“We must live out God’s will for humanity in Genesis 1:26-28 to care for creation. Bread urges The White House and Congress to work together to pass legislation to achieve the important goals in PREPARE and looks forward to the upcoming USAID climate strategy.”
FUNDS FOR ZION
Please check the bulletin board behind the office door for all of the sign-up sheets for this year. Communion, birthday Sundays, and Worship Assistants/helpers. Thank you so much!
You can also remember special occasions or special people by contributing money that would normally be used for altar flowers. Instead the donation goes to our local food pantry.