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Advent – Week of Joy

 

“Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. In its historical origins, the season of Advent was patterned after the season of Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter. Similarly, the four weeks of Advent present an opportunity for communal discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope for Christ’s return. (From the PC(USA) office of Theology and Worship)

Once again we meet John the Baptist, who offers the same question to Jesus that we would—”Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”

 

We’re in the season of waiting. We wait for holidays and celebrations; and we wait for earnings reports and test results. We wait for the good things that will enliven our holidays; and we wait for those things we worry will take away from any kind of joy we hope Jesus has come to bring. We have specific dreams in mind that we’re waiting for, those things we just know will make everything turn out alright. And then, we remember that the world doesn’t revolve around us and, thanks be to God, Jesus offers something more: “Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.’” Why would we wait for anything else?

Sunday, December 15

Adult Sunday School
Miller Room
9:15 a.m.

Children’s Pageant Rehearsal
FPC Sanctuary
9:45 a.m.

Fellowship
Commons
10:00 a.m.

Worship – Children’s Christmas Pageant
Sanctuary
10:30 a.m.

Monday, December 16
Morning Prayers
Library
9:30 a.m.

Bible Study
Library
10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 19
Women’s Christmas Fellowship
Kathryn Seller’s Home
4:30-7:00 p.m.

Presbyterians at the Pub
Dalton Brewing Company
5:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 21
Young Adult Christmas Party
The Granillo’s Home
6:00 p.m.

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Advent – Week of Peace

“Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. In its historical origins, the season of Advent was patterned after the season of Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter. Similarly, the four weeks of Advent present an opportunity for communal discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope for Christ’s return. (From the PC(USA) office of Theology and Worship)

Every year John the Baptist shows up in our preparations for Christmas by calling us to repentance. The root of that word “repentance” means turning—now is the time to turn back to God. We do this through practice of scripture reading, prayer, and confession. We do this through worship and service. Above all we do this with God’s help. The prophets encourage us to turn because, in Jesus, God has promised to meet us in a new way. As we turn towards God, God is always turning towards us.

Sunday, December 8

Adult Sunday School
Miller Room
9:15 a.m.

Children’s Choir Rehearsal
FPC Sanctuary 
9:15 a.m.

Children’s Pageant Rehearsal
FPC Sanctuary
9:45 a.m.

Fellowship
Commons
10:00 a.m.

Worship
Sanctuary
10:30 a.m.

Monday, December 9
Morning Prayers
Library
9:30 a.m.

Bible Study
Library
10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 10
Book of the Month Club
Blue Ridge Elementary School
9:00-10:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 12
Presbyterians at the Pub
Dalton Brewing Company
5:00 p.m.

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Advent – Week of Hope

“Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. In its historical origins, the season of Advent was patterned after the season of Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter. Similarly, the four weeks of Advent present an opportunity for communal discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope for Christ’s return. (From the PC(USA) office of Theology and Worship)

Jesus tells his disciples, “keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” Advent is the promise that God is coming in Jesus Christ in the midst of our lives of work and family, joy and grief, health and illness, hope and disappointment. We don’t always know what that looks like; and so Jesus’ promise is less a description of how this works and more an encouragement for our hope. We are people who live in light of this promise, who commit to practices of prayer, worship, and service, anticipating God coming into our midst. Jesus encourages us to watch and wait. How are you waiting? How are you preparing for God’s coming this year?

Sunday, December 1

Sunday School
FPC
9:15 a.m.

Fellowship
Commons
10:00 a.m.

Worship
Sanctuary
10:30 a.m.

Advent Compline
Sanctuary
7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 2
Morning Prayers
Library
9:30 a.m.

Bible Study
Library
10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 4
Hanging of the Greens
Martin House
9:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 5
Presbyterians at the Pub
Dalton Brewing Company
5:00 p.m.

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2019 Tartan Info for Reformation Sunday

This year Reformation Sunday is on October 27. If you do not have a tartan to use at the Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans and would like one, please order one yard of tartan fabric, light or medium weight, in the pattern of your clan, from any one of the supply houses online. We will need the fabric in hand by October 3 in order to complete them on time. Kathryn Sellers will help prepare the fabric and arrange the mounting.

See below for a few good supply houses.

 

Scottish Lion

Scotland by the Yard

Scottish Tartan Museum in Franklin, NC

The Celtic Shop of Dunedin, FL

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Chalking the Doors By: Rev. Will Scott

Chalking the Doors

I had never heard of this tradition before, but I stumbled across an old Epiphany custom in the Book of Common Worship (BCW) called, “Chalking the Doors.” Epiphany, you’ll remember, is the end of the Christmas season when we mark the time the wise men came to visit the child Jesus, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (It’s on January 6, this year a Sunday.)

If you have any Epiphany traditions at your house, I’d be interested in hearing them. The holiday seems to get lost as we cut off Christmastide at the New Year. Now is the season for getting your life in order, setting goals, making resolutions.

Epiphany invites us to stay in the Christmas story a little longer, recognizing that the events of Christmas and the presence of God-with-us matter throughout the year.

What does this have to do with chalking the doors? This tradition is a kind of house blessing. You go outside to your front door and write the year and the letters C, M, and B divide by crosses. It looks like this: 20 + C + M + B + 19. C, M, and B represent Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, the names tradition gives to the wise men who visited Jesus. It also abbreviates the phrase Christus mansionem benedictat or “Christ bless this house.”

I’m not sure this is very Reformed (I’m pretty positive it isn’t). But maybe it can remind us all that God-with-us is with us throughout 2019. So rather than “Happy New Year” I say, “Happy Epiphany.”

The following is a prayer from the BCW that accompanies the practice:

God of doors and homes,

bless this home this year and every year.

Bless all how come and go through this door,

both those who live here and those who visit.

May all who enter through this door

come in peace and bring joy.

May all who come to this door

find welcome and love.

May the love and joy of this home overflow

and spread into the community and the world.

And may Jesus the Christ watch over us all. Amen.

 

Peace,

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