This Sunday at CPC, December 19, 2021

Sunday, December 19: Fourth Sunday of Advent
  9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
10:45 a.m. Traditional Worship
The Sounds of Christmas, our annual musical celebration of Nativity! Carols, a selection from Handel’s Messiah, and songs old and new, at two identical services.

Scripture  Luke 1:39-40, 46-55
Sermon  You Will?  Trusting God’s Grace Luke 1:39-40, 46-55 
This Sunday we’ll hear the beautiful song of Mary as she rejoices in the promises of God soon to be born. It’s called the “Magnificat” from the first line: “my soul magnifies the Lord…” This Sunday we’ll think about how Mary’s story intersected with God’s story, and how your story does as well.
A worship bulletin will be emailed before the service.

To worship online live every Sunday at 9:00 and 10:45 or recorded: go to www.Christ-Pres.Church
and click Watch Worship, then click the service you would like to attend.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. (identical services)
Carols, candles, and the beautiful story of the birth of Christ. Child care for infants and toddlers in the nursery at 5:00 p.m. Worship indoors or outdoors on the patio under our new patio heaters.

Christmas Cheer at home by accessing these recordings:  
Highlights from last Sunday’s “A Celebration of Christmas” Party featuring Sam Pickard’s Christmas story, Nicole Hudson’s mini-Christmas concert, and the pandemically improvisational version of the annual children’s Christmas play.  Click
The 2020 Laid Back Christmas Concert, recorded during the pandemic when church was online only. Enjoy again songs of the season, a composition by Oleg Shikunov, and an original Christmas story from Mark Liggett.

Online Coffee Hour on Zoom 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. See This Week for log in information.

Advent / Christmas at CPC
Friday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship, 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.        
    Lessons and Carols; child care for infants and toddlers at the 5:00 p.m. service

Sunday, December 26
First Sunday of Christmas Worship, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.
       A relaxed celebration with a carol sing and a Christmas story.
       Attire is “breakfast casual.”   

Sunday, January 2
New Year’s Communion on the second Sunday of Christmas, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Advent is the season before Christmas, four Sundays symbolizing both the long, hopeful wait of the people of God for a Savior, and of our current longing for the fulfillment of God’s promises. We use this holy time to open our hearts to the coming anew of the Christ child into our lives and our world.  Messages in Advent:
November 28   You Promise? Getting Ready for the Kingdom 1 Thess. 3:9-13
December 5     You Think?  Treasure the Mystery  Luke 1:26-38
December 12   You Would?  Wondering about Judgment Luke 3:7-11
December 19   You Will?  Trusting God’s Grace Luke 1:39-40, 46-55 
December 24   You Did!  God Puts Skin in the Game  Luke 2:1-20

Children and Youth
In person Sunday School Join us outdoors for Bible stories, arts and crafts, science demos, games, music and more! If you are new to our Sunday School program, please register here:  Details: Cathy Love
9:30-10:15: PreK-2nd and 3rd-5th grade, in the Education building courtyard and pop-up canopy (after the children’s message)
11-11:45: PreK-5th grade, in the Education building courtyard (after the children’s message)
The first Sunday of every month is Communion Sunday, when kids stay with their families in worship.

In-person Youth Gatherings
Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade) In person every Wednesday, 5:00—6:30 p.m. (not on Dec. 22 or 29). Join us for the best night of the week for games, friends and fun. We’ll be outside so bring a sweatshirt.

High School Youth meet Sunday, December 19 at noon, in person (usually at 5:00 p.m. on the first and third Sundays).