There is a quickening of the pulse as we prepare to “repeat the sounding joy” of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. “Joy to the World” is the focus for worship in December.
This hymn composed by Issac Watts is a favorite Christmas Carol for many of us. He composed it in 1719, so this year it is 300 years old. His interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a “new song.” His notes and his words proclaim all creation to be renewed and freed. Rather than “joy” being just another word for “happiness,” we discover that the depths of joy are found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion. All of these are an expression of Emmanuel, “God with Us.”
December 1 – First Sunday of Advent – “Prepare Him Room” 11:00 am
December 4 – Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence – 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
December 7 – Decorating Trinity for the Season. Thank you Linda Woods and all the Trinity elves who join you for this delightful transformation of our sacred space. 9:00 am until we are done.
December 8 – Second Sunday of Advent – “Repeat the Sounding Joy” 11:00 am. This is also New Member Sunday. Let Phil Garrison know if you are interested in joining the Trinity family either in person or in absentia. And, this Sunday is also Stewardship Sunday. Worship will be followed by a noon meal with a presentation of and discussion about Trinity’s 2020 budget proposal.
December 15 – Third Sunday of Advent – 11:00 am
“Let all their songs employ”
December 22 – Fourth Sunday of Advent – 11:00 am
“Make the Nations Prove”
Advent Afternoon of Music – 3:00 to 4:00 followed by reception.
As it grows ever darker and colder, we need the light and warmth of community. Our faith and our friendships kindle the hope we all need, at this dreary time of the year.
Please invite your friends and neighbors to Trinity Church on Sunday, December 22, at 3:00 p.m., for an Advent Afternoon—a free musical gathering for the whole Northport community.
The Trinity Community Hand Bells will play, the Trinity Choir—with guest singers—will perform, and a delightful variety of local musicians will entertain and inspire us with holiday-themed words and music. Following a one-hour program, there will be desserts and coffee in Fellowship Hall.
An Advent Afternoon is an old-fashioned idea: live music and face to face conversations, building the spirit of the season in our special community. Don’t miss it!
If you would like to donate something for refreshments, please contact Kathryn May.
December 24 – Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols – 7:00 pm
Continuing the Conversation on Poverty, Trinity UCC.
Wednesday evening, January 15, 2020.
You are invited for a soup supper at 6:00 pm.
Viewing the movie – 6:45 to 8:55 pm.
Conversation – 9:00 to 9:30 pm.
This American classic based on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel
follows Tom Joad (Henry Fonda in an Oscar-nominated role) and his family
as they escape the Depression-era Oklahoma dust bowls
for the promised land of California.
But the arduous trip and harsh living conditions offer little hope,
and family unity proves as daunting a challenge
as any other they face.