Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for December 1
Rev. Karin Kennedy Hejmanowski, preaching
Greetings!

Happy New Year, friends!

That's right! Our liturgical calendar starts afresh this week and so as we head into this first Advent Sunday, let's celebrate. But perhaps this celebration looks a bit different than it might on December 31.

This church new year invites us into a season of reflection, waiting, expectation, and preparation.

Our advent journey this year will find us in the book of Isaiah and then on into Matthew. Although this season can be lonely for some folks, we want you to come and enjoy community. Plan to come and be with us each week so we can mark these weeks together and lean into the mystery and miracle that awaits us in worship and at community meals This Sunday we'll have our Advent Community Dinner at 6 pm.

I look forward to seeing you at 7:50 a.m., 10 a.m., or 5 p.m.

Awaiting His birth with you,
Karin

P.S. This Sunday is our monthly Turning the Tables on Hunger Food Drive. During these colder months suggested items to donate include instant coffee and teas, canned low-sodium soup, canned meals, chicken broth, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese in boxes, low-sugar cereal, jelly, condiments, honey, and spices. Please do not bring glass containers.
Theme for Sunday

At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern.

―Mother Teresa, Love: A Fruit Always in Season
Questions for Reflection
For the calendar year we sometimes make resolutions or state intentions. What intentions might you want to make for this Advent season or for the year ahead?
How will you choose to mark this season of Advent this year? Perhaps you want to:
  • Use the Sanctified Art Advent devotional that is available in the narthex or at the Book Sale in Trinity Court.
  • Use an Advent wreath to mark the weeks.
  • Join in the Advent Community Dinners (12/1 and 12/15 at 6 p.m).; Cookies, Cocoa, & Choirs (12/8 at 11 a.m.), the Christmas Choir Concert (12/8 at 7 p.m.), or the Christmas Eve, Eve, Eve Dinner (12/22 at 6 p.m.)
Isaiah 2:1-5

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!