Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
December 10, 2019

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Donna Marie Davenport, age 53 of Fort Worth Texas transitioned from this earth peacefully on November 22, 2019. She is survived by her Partner Sara Trigg, their son Collin Trigg Davenport, her parents Margaret and Claude Davenport, brothers Gary (Valerie) and David (Pam), sister Lisa (Candy) as well as one niece, three nephews and four great nephews and one great niece.

Donna was born in Melbourne, Florida on January 31, 1966. She grew up in Alabama and graduated from Colbert County High School where the mascot was a proud Native American Indian and the school colors were black and gold. Thus, Donna’s beloved ’92 Camaro also dawned those colors.

In lieu of flowers a fund for medical expenses and for the benefit and care of Donna and Sara’s son, Trigg has been set up through Agape’ Metropolitan Community Church.

Donna was a registered organ donor and the family is honored that her kind gift was able to provide blessings to many others.
What Kind of Rebel are You? 
From Rev. David Wynn

Rebel leaders, I want to invite you to engage The Rebel Test to go a little further in cultivating your Rebel Talents. Please use the link below and I would love to see your results, if you are comfortable sharing! Happy exploring! 

Agape' MCC Raffle
win a 65" 4K HD Smart TV

We are raising funds to replace our security camera system which sustained unrepairable damage when the outside cameras were stolen. We have a security professional, from our sister St. Anne congregation, who has volunteered his time to install a new system. All we need is to raise the $1500 to pay for the new cameras. Tickets are $10. Drawing will be held in December 15, 2019 during our Holiday Potluck.

You can use Zelle or SimpleGive to pay for the tickets!
Second Sunday of Advent
" Repeat the Sounding Joy"

The traditional theme for the third Sunday of Advent is Joy, which is fitting—the 2019 MCC Advent Resource focuses on the lyrics of “Joy to the World”, which Isaac Watts wrote 300 years ago. According to Rev. Colleen Darraugh, who compiled the Advent Resource, Isaac Watts did not intend to write the lyrics to a Christmas song. In fact, his lyrics were inspired by passages in Psalms 96 and 98 (and Genesis 3).

Both Psalms begin with a desire to sing a new song to YHWH—
“Sing to YHWH a new song!” (Psalm 96)
“Sing a new song to YHWH” (Psalm 98)

And both psalms invite all of creation to join in the singing—
“Let the heavens be glad; let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar and all that it holds!
Let the fields exult and all that is in them!
Let the trees of the forest sing for joy” (Psalm 96)

“Let the sea and all within it thunder;
the world and all its peoples.
Let the rivers clap their hands
and the hills ring out their joy” (Psalm 98)

I wonder, following the intention of Isaac Watt, what it might be like to sing a new song —
a new song for Advent that we have never even imagined—
a song that expresses the roar and thunder of the sea, 
the exultation of the fields, 
the joy of the trees of the forest, 
the clapping of the rivers, 
and joy ringing out from the hills? 
Perhaps in this season of anticipation, we can find time to walk contemplatively into the outside world—
a world outside the crush and bustle, the frenetic activity, that has become associated with this season—
and instead listen quietly, intently, for the new song of joy all of creation is inviting you to join.

Elder Nancy Maxwell
December Birthdays
12/03 - Carol Boutwell
12/05 - Jim Simmons
12/09 - Dan Leaver
12/11 - Taylor Howell Wolfer-Stephens 
12/15 - Cassy Batts
12/15 - Trish Ashton 
12/15 - Randall Roberts 
12/20 - Linda Crear
12/24 - Johnny Price 
12/26 - Pat Kaiser
12/27 - Val McMullan 
12/29 - Jo Pierce
12/30 - Phyllis Sasser
Sunday - December 15, 2019

Call to Worship

Song of Welcome: "Follow the Light" Community

Words of Welcome and Greeting: Rev. David Wynn

Time with our Children: Rev. David Wynn

Contemporary Reading: Mary Oliver, "Don’t Hesitate" - Cassy Batts

Reading of the Scripture: Luke 1:26-38 Leigh Wolfer

Song of Response:  “O Come, O Come” Community

Time of Teaching: "Mary, The Pirate" Rev. David Wynn

Song of Centering: " Come and Find the Quiet Center" Community

Community Prayer: Kevin Harkins

Response to the Prayer:  “Come and Find the Quiet Center”     Community

Bringing Our Gifts: Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion: Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Sending Forth:   “Angels We Have Heard on High”  Community

Announcements and Benediction: Rev. David Wynn

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