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Worship Music in November:

 November 5      “Reformed and Always Reforming”     

                        Special Music to commemorate Reformation Sunday (in the sanctuary)

 November 12     Royce Browder, preaching “Your Call”       

                        Special Music by Lionel Caynon & Toby Tobias

 November 19   “The Road to Canaan and Back” (Guatemala Trip)

                        Special Music by Jennifer Love (harpist)

 November 26     Royce Browder preaching (Tempe’ will be with family)

 

Reformation Sunday 2017

We are bound to the 16th Century reformation of the Church because through  that reformation we are freed to live as the children of God: free to serve God with our own consciences, free to read Scripture with our own perspective, free to express gratitude with our own gifts.

Yet there are also ways in which we as the Reformed Church need to step up to the challenges of the day. The Baltimore Sun newspaper quoted one clergyman of a major denomination as stating:
        We no longer live in Christendom. We really have to accept that it's a thing of the past.

In small town America, we might not feel that yet. It is not a trend that should make us afraid, it is a trend that should make us more reliant on God. As the Reformers taught:

  • The Bible is our only written authority.
  • We are saved by God’s grace and the gift of faith alone.
  • The true purpose of our lives is to give glory to God.
  • Christ alone is our Lord and Savior.*

On Sunday November 5, we will be gathering for worship in the sanctuary to sing with the accompaniment of bells and organ the great reformation hymn: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” We
will be commemorating the 500th year of the Reformation with a remembrance of who we are in this joyous service.

This will also be the unveiling of our new Stained Glass pulpit quilt, made by Judy Bentley and Linda Keenum. Come and enjoy our salvation history through song, word and gift.

*These articles are referred to as the “5 Solas” of the Reformation.

 

Looking ahead to Advent and Christmas:

On November 26th after worship service,  we will put up the tree in the chapel, hang ornaments on the high branches and hang the wreathes to begin our seasonal decorating. The Hanging of the Greens will be celebrated on Sunday, December 3.

Eric Hendrix will be our guest musician. This is also the season where we will decorate the Chapel to the tune of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” We will be bringing in the ornaments for our live tree, poinsettias and candles.

We will be displaying our Liturgical Arts Team paper cuttings in December as well. The team has cut window displays for each of the 4 texts of Advent. These hangings were part of a liturgical arts event led by Anne Tauber. They will be in our Chapel during the 4 weeks of Advent and the 12 days of Christmas (which comes AFTER December 25th!)

There will be two services on December 24. Our 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning service will be in the Chapel. Our candlelight communion service will be in the sanctuary at 5:30 p.m.