12/6/20 – “Imagination is Evidence of the Divine.” 

Posted on : Dec 5th, 2020 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

During this Advent Season, our minds are filled with the latest news about Covid-19, the transition of power in our democracy and the day to day challenges of fighting fatigue and worry. It’s a good time to tap into your imagination. “Imagination is Evidence of the Divine.” 

The United Church of Christ Worship Ways provide instructions on how to create the Advent Wreath. We can be creative with arrangement, colors and even the shape of the wreath.

While we are not able to gather in person as the beloved Community, you and I can share in the “devotional practice” of Advent at home as well as a virtual rendering of this important ritual during our virtual zoom Worship Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 take a closer look and you will notice baby socks are used to hold the advent candle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the use of natural elements provides a calming effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pomegranates? Yes!!

 

Meditation on Community Life: The Advent Wreath

The Advent Wreath, which in recent years has been adopted enthusiastically as a congregational ritual during public worship, began as an at-home devotional practice. 

An Advent wreath has 5 candles arranged in a circle.  Candles may be tapers, or pillars:
3 blue or purple, lit on 1
st, 2nd and 4th Sundays
1 rose or pink, lit on 3
rd Sunday
1 white or gold, placed in the center, to be lit on Christmas Eve. 

Surround the candles with evergreen boughs, or other decorative elements that speak to the season of the year. You may want to hold off on the reds and greens of Christmas; Advent is a celebration of anticipation, waiting, getting ready. 

 This week we will light the Candle of Peace on the Second Sunday of Advent.

 Advent is a time to reflect on the year past, with its trauma and displacements, in light of the scriptures that call us to faithfully get ready for a new moment in the coming of Christ.

See you Sunday…

Pastor Janice

 

Isaiah 40:1-11
Living Bible Translation

 

“Comfort, yes, comfort my people,” says your God.  “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and tell her that her sad days are gone. Her sins are pardoned, and I have punished her in full for all her sins.”

 Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, “Make a road for the Lord through the wilderness; make him a straight, smooth road through the desert.  Fill the valleys; level the hills; straighten out the crooked paths, and smooth off the rough spots in the road. The glory of the Lord will be seen by all mankind together.” The Lord has spoken—it shall be.

The voice says, “Shout!”

“What shall I shout?” I asked.

“Shout that man is like the grass that dies away, and all his beauty fades like dying flowers.  The grass withers, the flower fades beneath the breath of God. And so, it is with fragile man.  The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.”

 O crier of good news, shout to Jerusalem from the mountaintops! Shout louder—don’t be afraid—tell the cities of Judah, “Your God is coming!”  Yes, the Lord God is coming with mighty power; he will rule with awesome strength. See, his reward is with him, to each as he has done.  He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will carry the lambs in his arms and gently lead the ewes with young.

 

WeHo UCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: WeHo UCC’s Zoom Meeting Second Sunday of ADVENT Worship Service
Time: Dec 6, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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