Virtual Worship Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020
2020 Advent Theme: “Lift Up the Light”
First Sunday of Advent: Hope
“Waiting in the Dark”
Even in the time of Isaiah, 500 years before Jesus, people found it hard to believe in a God who seemed to only appear in ancient history and work miracles in the distant biblical past. The prophet compares waiting for God to waiting for a fire to be kindled and then the pot to come to a boil. It requires great patience. And yet, he says God “works for those who wait.”
The Apostle Paul tells the Corinthian church -- also going through challenging and divisive times -- that God’s grace would “enrich” them with knowledge and strengthen them to the end, because “God is faithful.”
How do we claim the riches of our faith heritage and learn to wait patiently for God? How can we hear our call into community as an opportunity to listen for the Spirit and to grow?
Because of rising Covid-19 infection rates
in our area, Indoor Prayer Meeting has been
CANCELED until further notice.
Sunday Morning Worship
Note from Stewardship Committee
We may not be meeting together these days, but your church is still here, hoping to meet people’s needs, whatever they are. We are still the church – looking for ways to be God’s hands and feet in the world around us, even when we are not together on Sunday mornings! SO….
- Utilities + office supplies = YOUR CHURCH
- Payroll + Sunday School supplies = YOUR CHURCH
- Committees + building repair = YOUR CHURCH
- Supporting needs around us + uplifting music = YOUR CHURCH
- Choirs + internet and phone service = YOUR CHURCH
Please continue to give to our special church in whatever way you were used to giving before, if you are able, so that your church will be there for you, throughout this crisis, and beyond!
Your Pastors are Here for You!
Pastoral Care Appointments
Friday Morning Meditation
Labyrinth & Children's Garden:
In response to our Governor's orders and in the interest of public safety, our church campus is closed until further notice.
Our ministries continue, however, through our electronic connections.
Know that "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!"
You can still reach us by phone at 203-775-1259. (Messages are forwarded via email to the Pastors, who are working from home.)
At Home Electronic Worship Options
- Would you enjoy the guidance of fellow seekers to help you support your children's growth into strong and compassionate moral thinkers?
- Are you looking for a place where you can bring your deepest joys and sorrows and find real companionship in celebration and suffering?
- Do you long for a place where you and your family can learn to love one another and care for the world in a compassionate faith community?
Watch this space for more information about our programs and ministries in the future.
As always, we also care about your spiritual health, so know that although your pastors are working mostly through remote connections, we want to respond to your needs and concerns promptly. Be aware, however, that may not always be possible. Our church phone system delivers your phone messages (to 203-775-1259) to our email, or you can email us directly at Bryn@uccb.org or Jennifer@uccb.org.
Let us continue to reach out to care for one another, and pray for one another and our world, as we face this global pandemic together, remembering the Apostle Paul's powerful affirmation of faith in these verses from chapter 8 of his Letter to the Romans:
31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.