Sunday, December 23, 2018
This Sunday: 4th Sunday of Advent
Christmas Eve Worship
7 pm, Monday, December 24th
Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols
From Reverend Pat Kriss
“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.” --- G.K. Chesterton
We are coming down to those few precious hours before Christmas – too few hours, perhaps and too many things to get done. But no matter what, what Jesus asks of us this Christmas season is the gift of ourselves, to spend a few minutes with God in our church community, where we can recharge our emotional batteries, remember why this helpless little baby was sent to us, and what his message is that echoes down through more than 2,000 years.
This Sunday we’ll be spending some time listening to the song his mother Mary sang after she said `yes’ to becoming the entry way for God into our dark and confused world. She would also suffer as she watched her son, with this message of love and reconciliation, be abused by the powers that were so threatened by his acceptance of the outcast, the refugee, the sinners and the saints-to-come. But right now, I’d like to share with you what you all wrote last week, when we passed out cards and asked you to write down what gift you’d like to give Jesus this year. They’re lovely, sometimes funny, and it’s easy to find the gift suggestions from the “under 18” set! See you all Sunday and… of course, in Candlelight on Christmas Eve! --- Pastor Pat Kriss
“What I would give Jesus for Christmas,” from the First Church Congregation:
- Peace on Earth
- The gift of music to celebrate life.
- I would give him my love, trust, joy & singing praises.
- I would give Jesus – love, peace and happiness.
- Of course, the gift that he gave to me: the gift of MUSIC.
- Faith, Love and Devotion
- A Warm Heart
- I would get Jesus a candle so he can give us light.
- Shoes or a rubix cube
- A phone to spread his influence worldwide.
- A Warm Blanket
- My attention
- Better accommodations at birth
- As a wiseman once asked: “Can’t we just get along?” If we can’t love one another, then try to get along with each other.
- A sister
- The gift of music. Singing about God’s love for us.
- All my love and devotion.
- Home, sweet warm home to catch a breath and orthopedic bed.
From Jim Moriarty, Music Director
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” – Kahlil Gibran
The Annual performance of the Messiah presented by the DMC was very well received by the full house of attendees! Four members of our choir participated and others were present. What a treat it was to sing such as a masterpiece composed in the year 1741. It has been sung throughout the world for several centuries. Speaking about masterpieces, what about “Silent Night”? This year is the 200th Anniversary of that song which is also sung throughout the world. It will be accompanied by guitar, just like the very first time.
Dec. 23 – Fourth Advent Sunday – Preservice music will feature carols arranged by Jim Brickman. A unique anthem will be sung by our choir.
Dec. 24 – There is special preservice music scheduled for our Christmas Eve Candlelight service. The choir has also prepared several new anthems for this service.
Dec. 30 – Festival of Carols Service. If you have a special carol you’d like to sing/hear please let me know! This service will be mostly musical.
Peace and Joy through Holiday Music,
Winter Benefit Concert to Remember those who have been affected by addiction. Sat. Dec. 29th 6:30 pm at United Methodist Church, 91 Church Hill Rd, Sandy Hook. Free will donation - reception follows.
First Church Knitters Group. We plan on meeting to knit and crochet at 5:30 pm in the Parlor on alternate Thursdays. Everyone is welcome. Seasoned knitters and crocheters as well as people who want to learn to knit or crochet. Fellowship and friends meet to relax...call Heidi at 204 798 0476 or 203 826 6827 to RSVP/next date.
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Deer Hill Thrift Shop
Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.
Please consider volunteering for the holiday season – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.
Holiday Hours – Fridays 9:30-2:30; Saturdays 10 – 3.
The Dorothy Day Overflow Shelter has opened in our gym. We welcome our homeless guests and the volunteers who staff the shelter every night throughout the winter season. Donations of cup-of-soup, hot chocolate and coffee are always welcome.