Worship at SCC: December 2020

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Worship Online with SCC: All the information for joining in worship is at http://www.storrscongchurch.org/worship-online/

As of the time of publication, we anticipate remaining with online worship through this period.

Advent Series: Those Who Dream

At the end of November, we will step into our season of Advent. “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” (from Psalm 126) What does it look like to live as those who dream? The prophets, the psalmists, John the Baptist, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the shepherds and the Magi—they were all dreamers. They received, discovered, and responded to God’s dreams for the world. In Advent, we step into the mystery and awe of God’s dreams and pray they shape our reality.

This theme is for the dreamers in all of us—those who dream of a deeper connection with God and those who dream of a better world. It’s for those who dream of comfort and for those who have given up on their dreams. It’s for those whose dreams have been crushed and for those who show us that dreams take time. Join us this Advent as we dream alongside prophets and angels, Mary and the Magi. Join us as we seek and sow God’s dreams for our world.

November 29: The First Sunday of Advent – Holy Communion

Pastor Matt preaching: “Those Who Dream… keep awake” 
Scripture:  Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; and Mark 13:24-37

December 6: The Second Sunday of Advent

Pastor Matt preaching: “Those Who Dream… prepare the way” 
Scripture:  Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; and Mark 1:1-8
The Annual Budget Meeting of the congregation follows worship.

December 13: The Third Sunday of Advent

Pastor Matt preaching: “Those Who Dream… sow joy” 
Scripture:  Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; and Luke 1:46-55

December 20: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Pastor Matt preaching: “Those Who Dream… are not alone
Scripture:  2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; and Luke 1:26-46

December 20 @ 4 p.m.: Advent Lessons & Carols

Virtual space where we can share light amidst the darkness through music.
Featuring musicians from Storrs Congregational, the First Church in Mansfield, and friends. Service broadcast via YouTube and via Facebook Live, accessible through both the sites and channels of both Storrs Congregational and First Church in Mansfield. Click here to access!

Thursday, December 24 @ 5 p.m.: Christmas Eve Storytime

Join Pastor Matt and Director of Faith Formation Lisa Haupt for a not-more-than-30-minute interactive gathering for sharing and exploring the Christmas story,
especially intended for the younger (and younger-at-heart) ones among us.

Thursday, December 24 @ 9 p.m.: Christmas Eve Worship

this night, we are Those Who Dream”
Our principal Christmas festival worship service, with rich gifts of music,
candlelight, this year’s Christmas message, and more.

December 27: The First Sunday of Christmastide

“Those Who Dream… will not keep silent”: An Interactive Experience of Worship,
Reflection, and Conversation for the First Sunday after Christmas
Scripture: Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3; Psalm 148; and Luke 2:22-40

Every Wednesday:  Vespers @ 7:00 pm

Designed specifically for the experience of online worshipers, the Vespers service typically lasts 20 to 25 minutes and incorporates psalms, scripture readings, silence, communal and individual prayer, and an opportunity for fellowship and conversation. 

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