It is Christmas Eve. It has come again as it always does, whether we are ready or not. Tonight we will gather at the Church at 6:30 to celebrate the coming of Jesus whom we call the Messiah. We will share together the readings, hymns, carols and prayers that take us to Bethlehem. We will ask the question, posed by the old English carol, “What Child is This?” And we will end the night by candle light.
For the Children tonight: During the telling of the Christmas stories tonight, the children present will have the opportunity to take part in a “live” nativity scene. No acting ability is required, no lines need be learned. We will need angels, shepherds and three wise men (wise people?). If you have children in your family who would like to take part, come a bit early and we will have a costume ready. If your child has a costume from another Christmas pageant that they want to wear that’s fine too.
I look forward to seeing you tonight.
SERVICES IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON
Sunday, December 27 – Cinnamon Bun Sunday, 10:30 am, “The Star over Bethlehem” A relaxed service of story, song and prayer with cinnamon buns and warm drinks.
Sunday, January 3, 2016 – Epiphany Sunday, 10:30 am, “Arise, Your Light has Come!” The first service of 2016 with the Celebration of Holy Communion.
A big THANK YOU to our congregation for all your help sponsoring hampers, buying gifts, joining the shopping trip or delivering the hampers. Twenty-four families will be having a better Christmas this year because of you. A special thank you goes out to Bill and Lori W., this year’s Hamper Coordinators for all their work in making this happen!
Because this was Lori and Bill’s first year as Hamper Coordinators, (and they are willing to do it again) they would like your feedback. If you have thoughts, concerns, suggestions about any aspect of our Hamper program or just want to tell Bill and Lori what an awesome job they did, send an email to the church and we will pass the message along.
Spirit West Prayer Chain
The Spirit West Prayer Chain is a group of people who have committed to continue our prayers of concern from Sunday through the week. To be part of this ministry, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also email a request for prayer to the same email address. If you would prefer to talk to someone, you can call Shannon F. at 780-481-5262, Marian T. at 780-487-2851 or Bonnie C. at 780-444-2230.
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Our Website is at www.spiritwest.org .
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/SpirtWestUnitedChurch
- Monday to Friday 9:30 – 2:30
- Norma => 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday to Friday
- Larry => 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Tuesday to Friday
The office will be closed from noon, Dec. 24th 2015 to 9:00 am, January 4, 2016.
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church