(This week’s bulletin, Sunday, December 10, 2017

Special Christmas and Epiphany Worship Schedule

All are Welcome:

Blue Christmas, Thursday, December 21 @ 6 pm:

 On this longest night of the year, the winter solstice, we will gather to affirm and worship in solidary with all whose lives and emotions are impacted by blue feelings this Season. During this service, we make the space and take the time to acknowledge the blue feelings that many of us have during the Christmas Season. This is not a joyous season for everyone, every year. Many of us are struggling with loneliness, depression, grief, fear, doubt, and this service there is a place at the Jesus’ stable for everyone who is blue. Rev. Jonathan’s message on this longest night of the year will engage the theme “I believe even when…”

4th Sunday of Advent, December 24 @ 10 am:

 “What came into being through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people…” (John 1)

In this last week of Advent, our anticipation, our yearning, for the light is palpable. What is this growing within us? As our theme song has proclaimed, even when the sun is hidden from sight, even when love feels remote, even when we’re not sure of God’s presence… we sense that the light is coming, love is near, and the holy is born yet again in the midst of the pain of life. There is hope. There is light. Rev. Jonathan’s message will continue the theme of “I believe even when…” from the Blue Christmas Service through the dramatic opening verses of the Gospel of John.

 Christmas Eve, Family Service @ 5 pm:

 “Unto you a child is born, and he will be called Prince of Peace.”

The night of mystery and awe has arrived. And Jesus is born into a world fully human and finite in its pain and beauty. And God breaks in upon our lives yet again in and through our belief of that which transcends our human limitations. We believe. We believe. Rev. Jonathan will share the story of the Bishop Nicholas of Myra who was born in year 270 and became known as St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. This service will also include a special time for the children to hear the story of Jesus’ birth. This moving service will feature special music, Christmas carols, and candles for the whole family.

Christmas Eve, Carols, and Candles @ 8 pm:

 “Unto you a child is born and he will be called Prince of Peace.”

During this powerful service, Rev. Jonathan and the Stratham Community Church Choir will share the awe of the Jesus’ birth with special woodwind music. The night of mystery and awe has arrived. And Jesus is born into a world fully human and finite in its pain and beauty. And God breaks in upon our lives yet again in and through our belief of that which transcends our human limitations. We believe. We believe. This dramatic service will include carols, the choir, and candles.

Christmas Eve, Carols, Communion, and Reflection @ 11 pm:

 “Unto you a child is born and he will be called Prince of Peace.”

During this quiet and reflective service, we will take a quieter approach to the night of mystery and awe that has arrived. And Jesus is born into a world fully human and finite in its pain and beauty. And God breaks in upon our lives yet again in and through our belief of that which transcends our human limitations. We believe. We believe. We believe in Christmas. This simple but mighty Christmas Eve service will include carols, communion, and candles.

Community Epiphany Service, Sunday, January 7 @ 3:00 pm:

 Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the Wisemen. Around the world, it is upon this day that many Christians give gifts. On this Epiphany Sunday, Stratham Community Church will be hosting congregations from across the Seacoast for an Ecumenical Service of song, choirs, and scriptures. After the service, Revs. Jonathan and Esther will have a special epiphany gift for each child.

Sunday Worship begins at 10:00 am.  Join us!  

ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! Always seeking God’s will and led by the example of Jesus Christ as Lord, we are a community of people who care for each other, honor all generations, reach out to individuals and families, and embrace people of diverse human experience. We want to be aware of, involved in, and committed to ministries of peace, outreach, mission, concern for the environment, and social justice. All are welcome here!

 Worship is held in our beautiful 250-seat Sanctuary every Sunday morning. In Winter, Spring and Fall, we begin at 10:00 am. During the summer, worship begins at 9:00 am. Dates for the transitions are well-publicized. Summer services are usually shorter, and more casual, without a choir. Read more…


 

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