Waiting & Watching
Advent locates Christians between two horizons - the Kingdom’s inauguration and its fulfillment. In Mary’s womb, in the union between divinity and humanity, the precarious nature of time met the stable rhythms of eternity. So in this new Christian year, we begin by joining our hearts together in anticipation of eternity breaking in through time and perfect love through a far-from-perfect situation. Jesus, the prophesied, long-awaited King and Judge, came wrinkled and wrapped in the drama of life as we know it. He felt it all. And in the muddle and mire, he brought hope, peace, joy and love. These are the themes of Advent. These are the flames of the salvation vigil we light waiting and watching, preparing our wandering and worried hearts to live in faith between the two horizons of salvation.
As part of the Advent season, we will be singing the Trisagion (instead of the Gloria). This liturgical song is an ancient hymn sung by the Church across ages and generations. The Greek phrase Trisagion translates as "Thrice Holy" - in this hymn God is described as holy in three different qualities. You can listen to it here.
Make Your Rooted Commitment Online
Have you made your generosity commitment to the 2-year vision of Village Church? You can do so this Sunday at the altar (last one) or ONLINE. Haven't heard about the Rooted initiative? Still need more info? You can get it at the same link provided above.
3 - Final Rooted Commitment Sunday
9 - Youth Christmas Movie Night
Ages 11+ - Lofts of Greenville Theater Room - Get more info!
10 - Crucifer / Gospel Procession Training
Want to participate in the procession of the cross on Sunday mornings? Meet us before church on December 10 at 9am to train as a future Gospel Bearer or Crucifer for our worship service processional. Open to volunteers ages 7 through Grown-Up!
13 - Soteria Angel Tree
Want to help bring joy to a hurting heart this Christmas? Please consider signing up to provide gifts for children who have at least one parent currently incarcerated. Get more info here.
14 - Women's Christmas Fellowship Meal
6:30pm - The Esch Home - More Info
16 - Men's Fellowship Work Day
8am to lunch together - Details to come in separate email
17 - Kids' Christmas Storytime
Families are invited to join Father Seth and Mrs. Ashley for a bedtime snack and story time on Sunday, December 17th at 6:30 p.m. Get more info and sign up here!
24 - Christmas Eve / Evensong
We will have our normally scheduled Sunday AM service on Christmas Eve and are currently attempting to put together a Candlelight Evensong, though so many of us will be traveling. At the very least, we will hold a Christmas Eve prayer vigil to include lessons and carols in an intimate and contemplative setting. If you will be here and would like to help lead the carols, please email Seth+ (email@example.com).
25 - Christmas Day Family Liturgy
A family devotional liturgy will be provided soon and we hope you will take the time on Christmas morning to worship - wherever you are and whomever you're with!
THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE: A Vision for Married and Unmarried People
What: A 6-week small-group study for singles and married couples led by the Bryants.
When: Begins January 11 - Get more info and sign up here!
Childcare is provided!
NEXT ALPHA COURSE
We will host Alpha again in the new year! We'll have one gathering on a Tuesday or Thursday that, if needed, will split into various groups after the meal and video. If you're interested in being a part, email Cameron+ (firstname.lastname@example.org). Find out more about Alpha here.
YOUTH CONFIRMATION & CATECHESIS
Is your child in 7th grade (or older) and ready for confirmation? We'll begin confirmation class for him/her in the new year. Please reply to this email to let us know who to include as we plan for this important moment in your child's life.