This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent and we are focusing on Joy!
Did you know that it’s the 200th anniversary of Silent Night? We are focusing our advent worship around the theme of Calm and Bright and to tie in with the first verse of the hymn, this week we will light the candle of love.
Scripture – Matthew 2: 1-12
Reflection – Bearing Gifts!
Questions I am pondering:
- What are the gifts we bring?
- What traditions/practices do we have around gift giving?
- What would it look like to give gifts to Jesus?
This is just some of the food that was collected by both congregations to donate to Caring and Sharing!
As we continue with our Calm and Bright series, get your picture taken in front of our ‘Star Wall!’
Service of Comfort and Hope – December 17, 2018 @ 7 pm
Christmas can be a painful time for some. Come and join with us in sharing and hearing scripture, music and prayers that acknowledges that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle; and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. If you, or someone else, is having a difficult time this season, please invite them to come along with you. Reception to follow!
What’s Inside the Christmas Box?
That’s the title of our 4 pm Christmas Eve service and there are LOTS of opportunities for all ages to participate, by reading or being one of the Bible characters that come out of the Christmas Box. We are going to rehearse on Thursday, December 20th @ 7 pm. Please speak to Rev. Catherine.
PICTURES OF NATIVITY SCENES!
Send Rev. Catherine a picture of your nativity scenes and they will be included in a video to be played during worship on December 23rd. Please have them to Rev. Catherine by December 18th.
Faith, Justice and Ethical Living
Do you like to keep up to date on what’s going on in these areas? Do you want to keep up to date on what is going on in the wider church? Interfaith issues? Indigenous issues? LGBTQ issues? Then subscribe to the United Church Observer! Just $25 for 11 issues. Contact the office to set it up! Deadline – December 30th.
Looking to 2019
As the Riverview Executive looks towards 2019, we will be gathering representatives from each group/committee in the church to consider nominations at the Annual Meeting. Currently we are in need of a treasurer and secretary. If you think either of these might interest you, please speak to a member of the executive.
Mon. Dec. 17th Service of Comfort & Hope at Riv. @ 7:00 pm
Tue. Dec. 18th Advent Study Group @ 1:00 pm – Bring your favourite nativity character, human or otherwise!
Wed. Dec. 19th UCW Christmas Meeting @ 6:00 pm – at Faith Conrad’s
Thur. Dec 20th Rehearsal for 4 PM Christmas Eve Service
Sun. Dec. 23rd Children’s Pageant at Riverview @ 9:30 am
Sun. Dec. 23rd Nine Mile River Service @ 11:15 am
Mon. Dec. 24th Christmas Eve Services:
Riverview @ 4:00 pm
Nine Mile River @ 6:30 pm
Riverview @ 8:30 pm
Sun. Dec. 30th Combined Service at NMR @ 10:00 am – potluck lunch after service.
What I Have Been Reading
Jan Edmiston, as always, has something significant to say! Are You More Afraid of God or Your Congregation?