Advent - Unexpected Presents(ce)
... Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
- Matthew 24:44
God comes to us amongst conflict, hate, and despair.
God comes to us in need
and when we least expect it.
God surprises us in palace and wilderness.
God comes to us in innocence and maturity.
But how is God present to the World?
In all its brokeness, the Church is a gift,
to us and all creation.
How unexpected is that?
Open Invitation - Monday nights, 6:45 p.m. parsonage
Based on a Wesley house-church model, a time of reading and prayer, silence, sharing, and Taizé music . . . . an open space invitation for our souls to sigh and sing.
December 1 - Peace in the Midst of Conflict
December 8 - Love in the Midst of Hate:
Music from the Westfield State University Sax Quartet playing Nutcracker Suite selections
December 15 - Joy in the Midst of Despair:
Original cantata written by JT
December 22 - Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness:
Holy Zone - Nativity pageant with a Star Trek twist
December 24 - Presence in the Midst of Loneliness:
Family Candlelight Service @ 7 with guest musicians: Ketch II Jazz Guitar & Viola with the Chancel Choir
December 29 - Praise in the Midst of Suffering:
Guest Preacher Gayle Lesure, missionary and community worker from West Virginia
Downstairs at ELUMC ...
Openings are available
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to see some of her favorite bloggers.
... and visit our “GPS” page for ideas to
help your soul navigate today's world
with Growth, Prayer and Study.
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The Methodist Messenger.
The December issue is now on line.
THIS WEEK’S CALENDAR
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We invite you to join us each Sunday in worship where the inclusive love of the gospel is proclaimed in word, music and ritual. We’re a growing congregation of all ages, with nursery care and Sunday School during worship for the young ones or rocking chairs for nursing mothers right in the sanctuary. Designated a “safe sanctuary”, we are dedicated to providing a safe place for our children. More...
Our Advent study is Christmas Gifts That Won't Break – Sunday mornings at 8:40 in the St. Marie Parlor. What are those gifts that cannot be lost, that never go out of style, and that are independent of the chances and changes of life? They are the gifts that have been graciously given by God: the gifts of the Advent season – they have a permanence that speaks to generations past, present, and future. Please join us. All are welcome!
Adults meet in the St. Marie Parlor most Sunday mornings during the school year to engage contemporary Christian issues and traditions.