First Congregational Church, UCC
Wolfeboro, NH
Worship
Sunday, December 13, 2020

Christmas Prayers
I'd love to collect your prayer requests for Christmas Eve's candle-lighting, so we can weave them into worship. Please email your prayer requests to me ASAP,
no later than Thursday, 12/17.

Advent 3: Love
As we move through these weeks of Advent,
I encourage you to setup an Advent wreath at home--
simply four candles will do!
Each Sunday, we will invite you to light a new candle on the wreath.
Here are devotional resources for the season...

Advent Equity Challenge:
Join us for a different kind of Advent devotional this year- an Advent Equity Challenge! Each week will consist of 4 short assignments to watch, read and listen on the topic of racial equity that can easily be accomplished during the week. Thoughtful and brave conversations will happen over Zoom on Sunday mornings (11/29, 12/6, 12/13, and 12/20) from 9:00-10:00 a.m. (Zoom link will be in the "Weekly Happenings” e-mail that came out last night, also the same link that we use for Fellowship!). If you can’t attend on 11/29, but would like to know more, contact Krista Marschner (Kristafccw@gmail.com).

#WolfeboroAdvent2020
A collaborative challenge with All Saints Church, we invite you to engage in an active Advent by reading a piece of Scripture each day, reflecting upon it, and sharing via your favorite social media. We ask that you share in one (or more) of three ways:
  • Listening: Share a link to a song that the daily reading stirs
  • Reading: Share a brief written memory or thought
  • Visualizing: Share a photo or short video
Whatever your response is, do share it with the hashtag: #WolfeboroAdvent2020
on your site(s) and feel free to post on your congregation’s site(s) as well.

A Family Advent:
Christian Nurture has put together Advent bags for our families and youth. They include some fun activities, and a daily Advent challenge especially for our youth and children.

Printed Resources:
These Days and Draw Near (from the Still Speaking Writers Group)
You can pick-up a hard copy of these in a plastic container tucked inside the covered stairway by the parking lot doors at church. Or be in touch with Krista and she will mail you one.
Girls on the Wall (trailer) Deeper Love
documentary film by Aretha Franklin

Luke 1: 1-4; 26-56 (CEB)

Many people have already applied themselves to the task of compiling an account of the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used what the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed down to us. Now, after having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, I have also decided to write a carefully ordered account for you, most honorable Theophilus. I want you to have confidence in the soundness of the instruction you have received…

When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David’s house. The virgin’s name was Mary. When the angel came to her, he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!” She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and he will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. He will rule over Jacob’s house forever, and there will be no end to his kingdom.”

Then Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen since I haven’t had sexual relations with a man?”

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the one who is to be born will be holy. He will be called God’s Son. Look, even in her old age, your relative Elizabeth has conceived a son. This woman who was labeled ‘unable to conceive’ is now six months pregnant. Nothing is impossible for God.”

Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Mary got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands. She entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. With a loud voice she blurted out, “God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry. Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her.”

Mary said,
“With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
    In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.
He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.
    Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored
        because the mighty one has done great things for me.
Holy is his name.
    He shows mercy to everyone,
        from one generation to the next,
        who honors him as God.
He has shown strength with his arm.
    He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
    He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones
        and lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
    and sent the rich away empty-handed.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
        remembering his mercy,
    just as he promised to our ancestors,
        to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.”
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her home.





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We are still checking mail at the post office, and our counters are still making deposits. Many of our expenses continue.