Weekly Word for Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 18, 2016

A Weekly Word from Chuck Cary for Advent IV- 12/18/16

If there is any Sunday of the church year designed to let loose the song in your heart, this is it. The choir unites with the Long Island Brass Guild to inspire us with the carols of this Holy time. Come, bring a friend, and join in the celebration of Christ’s birth. Some of the carols will be familiar: “In The Bleak Midwinter” (which bears testimony to Thursday’s brief snowfall!), “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, and “Angels We Have Heard on High”. A newer, less familiar carol is by John Rutter and is a delight, “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day”. Rutter particularly enjoyed the Christmas season, as he said, “it tilts the world in the direction of where it ought to be”. Morning worship will conclude with the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Come join your friends at 10:00 at 90 Meeting House Road this Sunday. Your presence in worship at any time makes a statement about who you are and what you believe.

Sunday afternoon at 4:00 at the Quogue Chapel will be the occasion of the second annual “Blue Christmas” service, open to all, with specific sensitivities to those who grieve or bear heavy burdens. Not all friends can sing “Joy to the World” as they are missing loved ones and experience sadness rather than elation. The board of deacons is preparing a delicious reception afterwards in the parish hall. Again, this worship is open to all, those from other church homes, and those with no church home.

Stewardship Reminders- Turn in your pledge card for 2017 and fulfill your 2016 commitment before the end of the year. Everyone’s support matters as we keep WPC as the “best possible church”. Offering Envelopes for the coming year will be in the back of the sanctuary. Find your set and perhaps help deliver one to a family member or neighbor. If you don’t find one with your name, select an undesignated set and sign the sheet with your name and current contact information, with the number of the box. God loves a cheerful giver. Let there be joy in our stewardship here at WPC.

Carson Campbell of our congregation will receive the “God and Me” award prior to the children’s message this week. Carson is the son of Scott and Cindy and lives in Manorville which is also the neighborhood of his Cub Scout pack. The relationship of WPC and scouting has strengthened over the years, and we congratulate Carson on his efforts.

Speaking of scouting, Griffin Wagner is a part of the revitalization of the church playground. He and the playground committee (Erika Lukert, Theresa Caponi, Karen Neubauer, Gini Wagner, and yours truly) are making plans to increase the safety, appeal, and fun of this important part of our church campus. Griffin is making the improvement of the sand box his Eagle Scout project. His overall design efforts have helped us in the total vision for the project. Way to go, Griffin!

Prayer for the Day: Eternal God, as you led your people in ages past, you direct our journey into the future. We give you thanks that you came to us in Jesus Christ, and we eagerly await His coming again, that your rule may be complete, and your righteousness reign over all. Then, may we feast at your royal banquet and sing your praises with the choirs of Heaven. By your Spirit, open our eyes to the generosity of your hand, and nurture our souls in all spiritual gifts. Fill us with gratitude this Holy Season, in the great name of  you, our Triune God. Amen.

I will be seeing and hearing you in worship!