Due to current pandemic restrictions, our in-person Sunday services are suspended until the status of our Health Region returns to Orange. An abbreviated service will continue to be available on YouTube each Sunday, however. John will send out the link as soon as the service has been uploaded each week, hopefully in time for our usual 10:30 service time. Along with the link, he will continue sending out a full script of the service.
Scripture Readings – The readings for today’s service are
– Isaiah 40.1-11 – “Prepare the way of the LORD!”
– Psalm 85 – “You, LORD, showed favor to your land”
– 1 Corinthians 1.3-9 – “Blameless on the day of our Lord”
– Mark 1.1-8 – The ministry of John the Baptist
If we’re unable to have the Hanging-of-the-Greens service next Sunday, the readings for that service will be
– Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11 – “Good news to the poor”
– Psalm 126 – “When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion …”
– 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24 – “Blameless at the coming of our Lord”
– John 1.6-8, 19-28 – “Are you the Messiah?”
This Week in First Church:
– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, by Zoom
– Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – F&M Committee meeting, by Zoom
– Sunday, 13 December (tentative) – Hanging-of-the-Greens service (see below)
– Thursday, 17 December – Service of Remembrance and Hope, by Zoom
Advent and Christmas – The current pandemic restrictions are leaving our worship plans for Advent and Christmas up in the air:
– The Hanging-of-the-Greens service was originally scheduled for today. If we are able to resume in-person services in time for either next Sunday or the 20th, we’ll have the Hanging-of-the-Greens service on the first possible Sunday. Otherwise, we’ll have to forego it altogether this year, since it doesn’t lend itself to the recorded service format.
– There will not be a Communion service this month; it was originally scheduled for next Sunday (the 13th), so we will have a non-Communion service that day instead.
– Christmas Eve (Thursday, 24 December) – If we are still not able to resume in-person services by then, a recorded Christmas Eve service will be offered via YouTube, as we do for our Sunday services.