First Christian Church
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
211 S. Walnut Crawfordsville Indiana 47933
Phone: 765-362-4812 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor: Keith D. Strain
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The Latin word for this season before Christmas is “Advent” which means “coming”.
Advent: The word suggests the attitude we are to have in this season. It is an attitude of expectation. Not so unlike that feeling that we so love to see in children who can barely contain themselves until the time to open all the presents under the tree.
For that is what this season is about. It is the awesome story of how God came as one of us. How the creator of heaven and of earth came as a human being so that we might know how completely God loves us.
It is a gift most precious and rare.
A gift that makes life possible.
A gift that makes life worthwhile.
A gift that makes life eternal.
So like the child aglow with eager anticipation, so too we look forward to the occasion to once again proclaim:
“Emmanuel, Emmanuel God with us.”
On the ADVENT link above are readings to guide you spiritually through this season.
by Ann Weems from Kneeling in Bethlehem
Wouldn't it be wonderful
if Advent came filled with angels and alleluias?
Wouldn't it be perfect
if we were greeted on these December mornings
with a hovering of heavenly hosts
tuning their harps and brushing up on their fa-la-las?
Wouldn't it be incredible
if their music filled our waking hours
with the promise of peace on earth
and if each Advent night we dreamed of nothing but goodwill?
Wouldn't we be ecstatic
if we could take those angels shopping,
or trim the tree or have them hold our hands
and dance through our houses decorating?
And, oh, how glorious it would be
to sit in church next to an an angel
and sing our hark-the-heralds!
What an Advent that would be!
What Christmas spirit we could have!
An angel-filled Advent has so many possibilities!
But in lieu of that,
perhaps we can give thanks
for the good earthly joys we have been given
and for the earthly "angels" that we know
who do such a good job of filling
our Advent with alleluias!
The Choir Presents its Annual Christmas Cantata
“I Hear the Prophet Callin’” is an effort by composer Peter Chopin to tell the story of the birth of Jesus as the fulfillment of centuries and expectation and waiting. The work is populated with a very wide variety of musical styles, tempos and sound. From a solo voice crying out like a prophet in the wilderness, to sizzling zydeco beat and on to a sweet lullaby, this cantata moves you into the story so you can feel the wonder and joy that the birth of Jesus was.
Under the direction of Richard Bowen the Chancel Choir will
also be supported by a number of instrumentalists bringing additional zest to
the presentation. The flow of the story
is knit together by a solo voice reflecting on the call of the prophet. Scripture interpreters kept the work
scripturally grounded, and the music is wondrous.
Treat yourself to a joyous Christmas present and be here for the cantata Sunday the 21st. And don’t keep it private. Invite others to come and join us, knowing that this choir will bring a beautiful message.
Join us on Thursdays at 6 pm for Scripture and Salsa at Little Mexico Restaurant!
Associate Minister Peter Harper leads us in an interactive discussion of scripture and its everyday application, while we enjoy a delicious meal. Come be a part of this fun and informative fellowship! Also, please invite those in your life for which a restaurant setting may be a better fit for hearing The Message. ~New Ministries Team~
†Good News Café
Sunday Mornings at 9:22 a.m.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
We encourage you to drop by and join us at 9:22 on Sunday mornings. Enjoy some coffee and pastries, and see what the †Good New Café is all about. If a casual, interactive service might be a good fit for someone you know, please send them a †Good New Café postcard invite, which can be found on the table under our banner in the chapel. School aged youth are also encouraged to join us! After singing and prayer, the youth will move to the room adjoining the Chapel, for their own activities and interactive discussion session.
Hope to see you there!
All are welcome!
You know themessage he sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. (Acts 10:36)
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