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Join us for Worship Sunday December 16, 10:00
Rev. Carla Bailey Preaching, The Third Sunday of Advent.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AND CAROL SING follows worship.  Our Board of Parish Life hosts a Christmas Lunch (donation requested) and a festive carol sing. 

Warren and I put up Christmas decorations in and around the house this week.  Our Randlett Park neighborhood is beautifully decorated and we’re feeling a little slow and unexceptional, but there are lights on the exterior pillars and a tree in the living room, so Christmas must be just around the corner!  Our (adult) kids will be with us this year and that always brings us tremendous joy.  They’ve been listing things they want to do – way too much to fit into the five short days they’ll be here. Me? I just want to gaze at them and feed them and wrap them up in the Christmas quilt I made when they were still babies.  I want them to be safe and happy, thriving in a world free from violence and greed, racism and sexism.  Is that too much to ask?  Perhaps you can tell I’m leading up to this Sunday’s message.  We’ll be hearing Mary’s song, otherwise known as the Magnificat, in which she gives voice to her trust in God as she anticipates the birth of her baby, Jesus.  It’s a powerful message of hope.  Will you join us for worship?

Also, please plan to be with us for Vespers worship on the longest night of the year,  Friday, December 21st, at 5:30 PM in Fuller Chapel – adjacent to the sanctuary.  The service, led by Carla, Leah, and Andrus, will include readings, music, prayers, and candlelight.  It will be a quiet, lovely way to honor the hours of darkness and await the return of the light.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SEASON AT SECOND CHURCH

Sun  Dec 16    Christmas lunch and Carol Sing following worship

Fri   Dec 21   5:30    Longest Night Service of prayer, music and candle light

Sun   Dec 23    10:00   Christmas Cantata

Mon  Dec 24    10:00   Handbell Choir Rehearsal
Mon  Dec 24      5:00    Pick-up Pageant
Mon   Dec 24    10:00 pm   Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols

CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Sunday, Dec. 23, 10 am

A rare opportunity to hear Jan Dismas Zelenka’s joyful Missa Dei filii based on the Gloria text “Glory to God in the Highest,” performed by instrumentalists of Newton Baroque and the chancel choir of the Second Church in Newton, UCC. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary masterpiece in a living church service.   Zelenka is a particularly special composer; he was part of one of the greatest orchestras of all time at the Dresden court from 1710 till his death in 1745. While today, Bach gets all the fame, Bach aspired to join the Dresden court orchestra and befriended Zelenka and a number of the other great musical minds in Dresden.

 Minister of Music: Andrus Madsen conducts strings, oboes and bassoon of Newton Baroque and soloists Nicole Estima, soprano; Shiba Nemat-Nasser, alto; Thomas Osterling, tenor; Matthew Stansfield, bass.

Invite your friends to this special service! 

Potluck Dinner Church – Wednesdays at 6 o’clock

Dinner Church meets at 6:00 on Wednesdays.  We’ll bring food potluck-style.  There is no sign up – just bring whatever you wish, ideally enough to feed five or more people.  Think cookies, veggies, or a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try.  We know there may be nights when we do not have a traditional “balanced meal” and we accept that as part of the fun.  If you are unable to bring something, don’t let this prevent you from joining us.  Come anyway!  Write Leah with questions.   leahrumsey@g.harvard.edu

FAITH FORMATION

DECEMBER SCHEDULE: YOUTH GROUP AND 20/30’S If you are not currently receiving youth group/2030’s emails, but would like to, please write Leah leahrumsey@g.harvard.edu to be added to the list. Upcoming events include those listed below, with more details
shared on the youth group and 20/30’s mailing lists

Friday, December 14: 20/30’s Christmas Party

Sunday, December 16: Youth Group Volunteering at City Mission

Sunday, December 23: Youth Group Brunch at IHop

Monday, December 24: Family Christmas Service and Pick-Up Pageant

Alert Alert! Leah’s Starbucks Office Hours will end the last week of November. After that, please write her to set up a time to meet.