UPCOMING AT FIRST UNITED
December 24 – (Christmas Eve - Communion) – 7:00 p.m.
Our traditional candlelight service with children and adult choirs, the singing of carols, the hearing of the Christmas story and message, the sharing of Communion in a circle, and with candles lighted, the singing of “Silent Night”. All are welcome. We will receive the Joy Offering which supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges and helps families of active and retired church workers.
December 8– (Second Sunday of Advent) – 10:00 a.m.
Texts: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
Theme: Not In My Lifetime – Isaiah’s future image of the Spirit resting on the one who emerges as the new root gives hope for a new era of justice and peace. John the Baptist serves as a bridge between an old age coming to an end, and a new age yet to be. In our lives, we may have given up hope of seeing changes in our lifetimes, but is there not still a “not in my lifetime” hope we are challenged to keep alive?
December 15– (Third Sunday of Advent) – 10:00 a.m.
Texts: Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:46b-55; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
Theme: Joy Sightings in the Wilderness – Isaiah sets forth a glorious image for the wilderness, a turnaround picture of the blind seeing, the lame leaping, waters bringing growth to the desert, and a return home of captives. Mary’s Magnificat in Luke 1 images a reversal of fortunes. John the Baptist has heard in prison of what Jesus was doing. We will look at how we can be attentive to joy sightings in wilderness places.