Special Advent and Christmas Events
The great season of
Advent and Christmas are upon us! We invite you to celebrate
Jesus, the Christ, Emmanual ("God present") that came to us a human babe
in order to fulfill and demonstrate the great promise of God's love.
Join us for the
following special services and events:
by Candlelight - an evening of music, food & fellowship.
Voices of all ages, songs new and old, a joyous time together.
Sunday Dec 15, 7:30pm
Blue Christmas Worship
- A quieter service (see more info below)
Wed Dec 18,
Christmas Eve Worship -
A traditional worship celebration of
Tues Dec 24, 5pm
"Blue Christmas" Wed Dec 18, 7pm
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first
Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died, it
may be filled with stress related to loss of employment or a broken
Some people hear the Christmas song that describes "the most
wonderful time of the year with the kids jingle belling and everyone
telling you 'Be of good cheer'" but instead feel they are living the
lyrics of the 1957 hit "Blue Christmas" when Elvis Presley sings
"I'll have a blue Christmas without you, I'll be so blue just
thinking about you." Yet, even in the midst of this pain, there is
the desire to somehow connect with God. During those times we sing
sad songs of lament, protest and complaint about the chaos and
harshness that life can sometimes be for us. We often feel afraid,
angry, ashamed. Putting words to this season can often be difficult.
But we do this together in our address to God.
The liturgies vary but usually include quiet music ranging from
Taize chants to quieter Advent and Christmas hymns, Scripture
readings, recitation of Psalms and prayers and lighting of candles.
Our service is shorter than normal and more participatory.
Join us, and invite someone else that might find this quieter
service something to give rest to their soul.
New Carpet Installed!
The 30year old carpet is GONE! (finally!) Our new carpet was
installed during the week of Nov 4-8 by Herman and his crew. Here’s pics
of the progress - the 78’ hallway strip first laid out, and the
sanctuary halfway done, then the sanctuary completed (of course, then it
was time to start moving everything back in....)
Another major project for Hope, one that creates a more pleasant and
welcoming space for us and our guests.