Advent 2017: Angels Among Us

 

“Do not be afraid.” – the Angels

 “The angels that appear in the story of Jesus’ birth would have been very comfortable in our world of tweets and hashtags. Their messages were often short and to the point – their favorite line being #DoNotBeAfraid. As we look at the stories of these winged messengers to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph and the Shepherds and their reactions to them, we will contemplate what messages we can offer that will counteract a culture of fear and bring #morehope, #morepeace, #morejoy, and #morelove to the world.” 

-Dr. Marci McFee, www.worshipdesignstudio.com

 

Join us this Advent Season!

  • 1st Sunday of Advent December 3, 2017: Make Ready a People: #morehope
    Advent Festival after worship
  • 2nd Sunday of Advent December 10, 2017: Nothing is Impossible: #morepeace
    Lessons and Carols
  • 3rd Sunday of Advent December 17, 2017:  Do Not Be Afraid: #morejoy
    Children’s Christmas Pageant
  • 4th Sunday of Advent December 24, 2017; Christmas Eve  
    10:00 am Worship Service-This Will Be a Sign: #more love

    5:30 pm Candlelight Christmas Eve worship service
  • Dec. 31, 2017: 10:00 am worship service, lingering in #DoNotBeAfraid and Christmas


Prayer Shawl Ministry

"Shawls ... made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles..." 

Janet Severi Bristow, 1998

Prayer Shawls1 (640x456)One of the unique ways Lynnhurst members extend their and God's love is through our Prayer Shawl Ministry. An open and welcoming group gathers regularly to knit soft and beautiful shawls, which are freely given to those experiencing illness, grief, a new child, sadness, marriage or any rite of passage or need.


The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!

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