Worship on December 23 and 30, 2018

Dec 23, 2018

*Much of our lives happen while we wait.  This Advent season, we bring intention to this time of waiting by dwelling in Scripture, lifting our voices in song, recalling the foundations of our faith and looking with hope towards the coming of Christ.  As Mary was drawn to Elizabeth, we are called into a community of people who wait with joyful expectation for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

*Attendance Last Week (December 16):  8:30 am ~ 109;  11:00 am ~ 142

*Lessons for December 23:  Psalm 100 and Luke 1:39-45

*Lessons for December 30:  Service of Lessons and Carols

*Lessons for January 6:  Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

*Altar Flowers:  The altar arrangement on December 23 is given by Linda M. in memory of her parents, Ed and Helen Palm.  The altar arrangement on December 30 is given by Grace G.’s family in honor of her 95th birthday.  The plant stand arrangement on December 30 is given by Bob and Judy L. in honor of their granddaughter, Brynn Elizabeth’s 19th birthday.  If you would like to donate flowers, sign up in the Flower Book found in the literature rack in the narthex or contact the church office to place your order.

Welcome to Our Visitors Today:  To thank you for coming, please pick up a BLC visitor mug containing more information about who we are from the shelf above the literature rack in the narthex.  Also, we encourage our members to take a mug to a new neighbor or friend as a way to introduce them to our church.

Childcare is available at BLC every Sunday morning for children through age 3.  The nursery is staffed by volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact the church office.  We strive to have two volunteers in the nursery each week. Youth are welcome and encouraged to serve along with an adult.

Worship includes the weekly celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Gathering regularly around Word and Sacrament is central to our identity as God’s people.  Christ comes to us in many ways, but we are assured of His presence in the bread and wine.  In the meal of Holy Communion, we receive a tangible reminder of God’s love and forgiveness and become the body of Christ for the world.

Hospitality at the Table of Our Lord:  The communion table is the place where we are united in the participation of receiving the sacrament when we gather for worship.  It is important that we are gracious hosts at this table, and for that reason we offer grape juice as an alternative to wine so that all people can receive both the bread and cup.  By offering gluten-free wafers and a non-alcoholic option for the cup, we are practicing the radical hospitality that Jesus offers to all of us, especially in the form of his own body and blood.  If you would prefer to receive juice instead of wine, please let the assisting minister or communion assistant know.  If you have any questions, please speak with Pastor Hoffman or Pastor Amy.

In Our Weekly Prayers during worship, we especially remember those who have a new or acute need for prayer.  Our monthly Prayer Letter names those with an ongoing need for prayer, including those who are homebound or with long-term health concerns.  Copies of the current Prayer Letter are available in the literature rack in the narthex. If you have a name to add to our Prayer Letter, please email prayers@blcfairport.org or call the church office at 223-0634.