ADVENT & CHRISTMAS 2020

SERVICES & PROGRAMS

Advent Book Study: Incarnation, by Adam Hamilton. Published by Abingdon Press.

 

Sundays After Church in Advent from 11:30am - 12:30pm or thereabout

  • December 6 - Read Chapter 2, "The Savior and Our Need for Saving"

  • December 13 - Read Chapter 3, "Emmanuel in the Midst of a Pandemic"

  • December 20 - Read Chapter 4, "The Light of the World"

 

His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In Incarnation, best-selling author Adam Hamilton explores the meaning of these titles and what they tell us about the child whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. Join Rev. Alyssa in exploring claims about Jesus’ identity and reflecting upon the significance of the Christ-child for our lives and world today.

Join by computer or tablet:

 

Note: this Zoom link (NEW LINK STARTING 12/6!) is the same as the Sunday worship and coffee hour. Please feel free to jump on at 11:30 to join the Book Study even if you don’t join the service/coffee hour.

 

Dial in by phone:

  • 929-205-6099 US (New York)

  • Meeting ID: 982 7819 7278

  • Passcode: 618291

December 8: Blue Christmas Service, 6:30 pm

 

People have undergone unprecedented loss this year. Family and friends have succumbed to death in the pandemic, millions of people have lost jobs and economic security, and some individuals have closed businesses they built over a lifetime. Most of us have lost many of the beloved rhythms of life that felt familiar and offered us the richness of gatherings and adventure. All in all, 2020 has contained far too much interpersonal distance ... and far too many losses related to hatred and violence.

 

Throughout Advent we will proclaim hope, love, joy, and peace in the midst of difficulty. But it also is important to acknowledge that sometimes hope, love, joy, and peace are distant feelings in the face of so much hardship. Plus, for many people who have suffered loss, the anticipation of renewed grief as Christmas Eve approaches can be difficult to bear. On December 8 at 6:30 pm, we will gather via Zoom to share solidarity, comfort, and fellowship during this season of hope as well as grief.

Participate by computer or tablet:

  • Meeting ID: 981 5039 6429

  • Passcode: 848890

 

Dial in by phone:

  • 929 205 6099 (New York)

  • Meeting ID: 981 5039 6429

  • Passcode: 848890

24 December - Christmas Eve Worship and Fellowship

5:00pm: Digital Family Worship

  • Premieres on Woodfords' YouTube page at 5pm

  • Prerecorded and available any time

  • Address of Woodfords’ YouTube page:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDC9FGhg2nwoMkQGhjBg7bQ/

 

6:00pm: Digital Lessons and Carols Service

  • Premieres on Woodfords' YouTube page at 6pm

  • Prerecorded and available any time

  • Address of Woodfords’ YouTube page:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDC9FGhg2nwoMkQGhjBg7bQ/

6:45pm: Zoom Holiday Greetings and Fellowship Join any time

    Participate by computer or tablet:

 

     Dial in by phone:

  • +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

  • Meeting ID: 953 0592 7608

  • Passcode: 331147

 

7:15 pm: Zoom Gathering with Bells and Candles 

We originally hoped to gather on Christmas Eve in person on Woodfords’ front lawn for luminarias, bells, and candlelight. Due to a weather forecast filled with rain and heavy winds, we have decided to move the gathering online. Join us for some bell music and bring a candle, if possible.

(THE ZOOM LINK IS THE SAME AS THE 6:45 EVENT ABOVE)

 

 

PRINT RESOURCES

Click on the links below for a downloadable PDF of the resource: 

At-Home Worship Guide

Advent Devotional

Flat Mary & Joseph Drawing, Flat Mary & Joseph Instructions

Advent Calendar

ABOUT US

Woodfords Congregational Church is a Just-Peace and Open-And-Affirming Congregation

in the United Church of Christ. 

CONTACT INFO

207-774-8243

info@woodfordschurch.org

202 Woodford St

Portland, ME 04103

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