December 8: Children’s Christmas Play: A Troublesome Child & Potluck
Our children have crafted their own Christmas play with the help of Jackie Kendal-Gebel and Josh Pele. This Sunday we will have the rare and powerful opportunity to hear from them the way in which they understand Christmas and what it means for us all. Immediately following the program we will have a brunch potluck in the lower level of the church. Bring a dish to share. And to help us be green, please bring your own place settings (a picnic basket with plates and silverware is perfect!) though plates will be available for those that need them.
December 15: Expectations of Joy, Luke 1:46b-55
This year is the 300th anniversary of the beloved Carol, Joy to the World. What were the expectations for those who first sang this song, and how do we hear God anew/still in these historical words?
December 22: Sung Expectations, Choir Cantana
As we light the candle of love, our Chancel Choir will carry our expectations of love into Christmas with our annual cantata. Song, readings, sacred text and more song will create sacred space in the business of the season for us to rest and delight in the presence of God and community. * Christmas caroling to home-bound members immediately following Worship.
December 22: Blue Christmas Worship at 4 p.m. at 6th Ave. United Church of Christ
The Kirk is joining sister churches: 6th Avenue, Wash Park, Salem and Mountain View UCC for a service to hold all the varied emotions of the holidays. As we talk about our expectations for this season, for those who have lost a loved one the expectations of Christmas’s past, feel increased pain at this time of year where the night far outstretches the day. We are joining with our sister churches to gather as community and name this pain, name loss, name grief and to be reminded that we are not missing this season but are stepping into its deepest meaning as we read, “the people who walk in darkness have seen a great light.” As we walk in the shadows of grief, we gather to look for a light that shines even in our sadness. Even if this is not a service you need, consider coming to support those who do.
December 24 at 5:30 p.m.: Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
Christmas Eve we will gather as community, to sing and speak, hear the ancient story that will come to life for us this year, in these circumstances. We will share communion, light candles, sing Carols and slowly, joyfully, fully welcome the spirit of Christ into our lives, into our world.