Join us for a Blue Christmas Worship Service
Sunday, December 9, at 2:30 pm.
Everyone seems so happy and busy during December, but the truth is, some of us are grieving. Some of us are depressed. And some of us just don't feel "merry and bright" at all. So we gather for worship, acknowledging our sorrows and losses, our sadness and disappointments, even our anger, wondering if the coming of the Christ child still has a message for us. Perhaps that message is especially for those of us whose lives are hard. Come and see.
Westview Christian Women's Group
The next meeting of the women's group for this program year is taking place Saturday, December 8, 2018. A free study book is provided for all participants.
You will be glad if you join us: 10:00am to 11:30pm in Fellowship Hall.
All women of the community are invited for fellowship and study.
Come worship with us as we celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit among us
Each Sunday morning at 10:30
Upcoming Sunday Scriptures and Activities
A new Church Year begins with the Season of Advent, which we celebrate from December 2 to December 24. Each Sunday of Advent we will listen to what the Gospel of Luke tells us about preparations for the birth of the Messiah. We focus on the experiences of his mother, Mary of Nazareth. You might want to read the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke in preparation for worship during December.
December 9 On the second Sunday of Advent, we light the candles of hope and peace. We will listen to the writer of the Gospel of Luke tell of Mary's visit to Elizabeth, and the amazing response of the child in Elizabeth's womb. In preparation, we might want to read Luke 1:39-45.
In addition to the 10:30 am service, we will have a Blue Christmas service at 2:30 pm. This service of scripture and meditation is especially focused on those who struggle with loss, depression, anger, sorrow, or loneliness during the holiday season. For some of us, the season leading up to Christmas is painful and sad. We feel like we have to pretend to be happy for a whole month, when we only want to sit in a corner and feel bad. The Blue Christmas service acknowledges our feelings, shows where God has entered into horrible situations throughout history, and where Jesus is eager to be present even in our deepest sorrows. We invite any who are feeling "blue" to join us December 9 at 2:30.
December 16 On the third Sunday of Advent, in addition to the candles of hope and peace, we light the candle of joy (the pink candle). We will consider the ancient song of Mary, as she shares with Elizabeth what religious leaders through the centuries have called "the Magnificat," Mary's response to God's favor.