First Congregational Church, UCC
Wolfeboro, NH
Worship
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Advent 2: Peace
Reminder:
This week is a Communion Sunday, take a moment to prepare something to have at the ready while you worship from home--
a roll, a piece of bread, a tortilla
and a cup of something... coffee, juice, tea.

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.
Sweet Honey in the Rock's Let There Be Peace
Isaiah 9: 2-7 (CEB)

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
    On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.
You have made the nation great;
    you have increased its joy.
They rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest,
    as those who divide plunder rejoice.

As on the day of Midian,
you’ve shattered the yoke that burdened them,
    the staff on their shoulders,
    and the rod of their oppressor.
Because every boot of the thundering warriors,
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned, fuel for the fire.

A child is born to us, a son is given to us,
    and authority will be on his shoulders.
    He will be named
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be vast authority and endless peace
    for David’s throne and for his kingdom,
    establishing and sustaining it
    with justice and righteousness
    now and forever.


John 1: 1-18 (CEB)

In the beginning was the Word
    and the Word was with God
    and the Word was God.

The Word was with God in the beginning.
Everything came into being through the Word,
    and without the Word
    nothing came into being.
What came into being
    through the Word was life, 
    and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

A man named John was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light.
The true light that shines on all people
    was coming into the world.
The light was in the world,
    and the world came into being through the light,
        but the world didn’t recognize the light.
The light came to his own people,
    and his own people didn’t welcome him.
But those who did welcome him,
        those who believed in his name,
    he authorized to become God’s children,
        born not from blood
        nor from human desire or passion,
        but born from God.

The Word became flesh
    and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory,
    glory like that of a father’s only son,
        full of grace and truth.

John testified about him, crying out, “This is the one of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than me because he existed before me.’”

From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace;
    as the Law was given through Moses,
    so grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
    God the only Son,
        who is at the Father’s side,
        has made God known.




Please remember to send in your offering, as you are able.
We are still checking mail at the post office, and our counters are still making deposits. Many of our expenses continue.