Church of the Covenant
Boston, Massachusetts

This Week at Covenant
Sunday, December 1, 2019
What Can't Wait
First Sunday of Advent: HOPE
Sacraments of Baptism and Communion
This Sunday at Covenant
Worship Service
10:30 am in the Sanctuary

Scripture Readings:
Hebrew Bible Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:36, 42-44

Worship Participants:
Preacher – Rev. Rob Mark
Minister of Music – Tom Handel
Co-Celebrant for Baptism – Rev. Joy Fallon
Co-Celebrant for Communion – Adam Isbitsky
Liturgist – Rev. Jack Ammerman
Lector – Kay Carleton
Soloists – Joseph Jewett, Tom Reid and Kay Carleton
Communion Servers – Nancy Stockford, Anne Crane, Harry Forsdick, Tim Groves
Ushers – Evelyn Kimber, Anne Covert
Sexton – Fred Lopes
A Sanctified Art LLC Artist – Call to Worship and Prayer for Grounding written by Sarah Are | sanctifiedart.org



This Upcoming Week at Covenant
UPCOMING SERVICES (WORSHIP / AFTER WORSHIP)
Sunday, December 1, 10:30 am ~ Advent 1: Lighting the Candle of
Hope, Rev. Rob preaching, Holy Communion, Baptism / Advent Wreath Making, COTC 101

Sunday, December 8, 10:30 am ~ Advent 2: Lighting the Candle of Peace, Contemplative Service in the Spirit of Taizé / Various 

Sunday, December 15, 10:30 am ~ Advent 3: Lighting the Candle of Joy, Instant Christmas Pageant, Holy Communion

Saturday December 21, 7:30 pm ~ Blue Christmas & Winter Solstice Longest Night Service at Emmanuel Church

Sunday, December 22, 10:30 am ~ Advent 4: Lighting the Candle of Love, Adam Isbitsky preaching

Tuesday, December 24, 6:00 pm ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Festive Service of Lessons & Carols

 ADVENT WREATH MAKING : Before and after the service Sunday in Bates Hall, please come join us in making your own Advent Wreath with candles thanks to our CYCE committee. 

S UNDAY AFTER WORSHIP: INTERESTED IN JOINING CHURCH OF THE COVENANT OR LEARNING MORE ABOUT US? We are most certainly interested in you! Our next “COTC 101” session is this Sunday, after worship, Noon-1:15 pm in the J. Black Room on the second floor. This session with Rev. Rob goes over some of our church’s history, theology, structure, and sense of mission and calling in the world. Please RSVP with Rob in person or by emailing rob.mark@cotcbos.org.

INVITATION TO THE ORDINATION OF ADAM ISBITSKY! Pastor Adam will be ordained by the Pilgrim Association of the United Church of Christ at 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 1 at his home church, the First Congregational Church of Stoughton, 76 Pierce St. in Stoughton. All are welcome to this joyous occasion! If you would like to sing in the choir please email Adam and he will give you all the details. If you need a ride, let us know.
 
ART EXHIBIT AT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL: Abraham: Out of One, Many is an art exhibit organized by CARAVAN focusing on what we have in common through our ancestor in faith, Abraham. This exhibit powerfully guides us through the life and faith of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar to convey a contemporary picture of living together in harmony. Featured are three globally acclaimed Middle Eastern contemporary artists – one from each Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faith traditions. Each artist brings to life five specific themes inspired by Abraham's life that can guide us in our world today. There is no fee to view this exhibit, but a free will donation is appreciated. There will be a small fee for the optional discussion and dialogue booklet. The Boston installation of this exhibit is a collaborative project of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Central Reform Temple, the Dar Al-Islam Boston Jumah Muslim Prayer gathering, and Emmanuel Church. The exhibit closes December 6. For more information: www.stpaulboston.org/abraham

20s-30s-40s COOKIE BAKING AND CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG. Our annual tradition of baking and decorating cookies will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the home of Nancy Hollomon, 121 Carlton St, Brookline. Cookies will be donated to our deacons, who combine them with other tokens to in turn give them to members and friends of COTC who have had a difficult year. Imperfect cookies may have to be eaten by those of us who bake. Come with a fun spirit and some favorite Christmas songs you’d like to sing. RSVP to youngadults@cotcbos.org or connect with Pastor Adam. 

NEXT COVENANT BOOK DISCUSSION DECEMBER 8: The next Church of the Covenant book discussion will be held on Sunday, December 8, at 5 pm at Lucy and Faith’s in Roslindale. We will be discussing the book Climate Church, Climate World by Jim Antal (former President and Conference Minister of the UCC’s Massachusetts Conference). As always, we begin with a potluck. And as always, you are welcome whether or not you have ever attended a book discussion at Covenant. For more information contact barbarakdarling@yahoo.com

OUR BELOVED SIBLING REINE ABELE: Please continue to remember our sibling Reine Abele at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord NH and support him in your thoughts, prayers, and/or cards. If anyone who would like to coordinate a visit, please contact Linda Pursley.

COMMUNITY CHANUKAH CELEBRATION “A Light Through The Ages” At Central Reform Temple, Sunday, December 15, 4:00 p.m.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA MEMORIAL: This holiday season you can honor your loved ones through beautiful flowers in our sanctuary. Please fill out the form and enclose a check made out to Church of the Covenant for $20 with the word “poinsettia” in the memo line. You can either drop the completed form in the offering plate or email this information to info@cotcbos.org. Please write legibly on the form.

SUPPORT OUR YOUNGEST GENERATION'S GROWTH
The Children and Youth Christian Education (CYCE) team has needs for church members and friends to serve occasionally with our youngest folks. Your presence helps nurture a welcoming environment, encourages our children's faith journeys, and creates positive intergenerational relationships. We have a core team of dedicated staff and volunteers who would welcome you as an assistant in the nursery, the Godly Play classroom, or with our youth class. No training is necessary. Please contact Kathy Bull (kaxianna@yahoo.com) or Pastor Adam (adam.isbitsky@cotcbos.org) with any questions.
 
IMAGE CREDIT: By Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash.com

THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF THE COVENANT NEWS can be read online  here
 
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67 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116