Schedule of Services:
8:00 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Sunday, The Rite Place Liturgy (Contemporary Eucharist in the Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. Sundays in Lent, "Dinner Church" Eucharist in Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and Healing

Small Groups & Studies

Sundays, 9:15 a.m. Adult Forum
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. Bible Study
Second Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. Theology on Tap
First Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. Calvary Dreams dinner discussion
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Archive for December, 2016

Blue Christmas Service December 20

 

Once again this year, Calvary will offer a worship service especially for those who may find the holidays difficult due to grief or other loss. The Blue Christmas service will take place Tuesday, December 20 at 6:00pm in the sanctuary at Calvary. We have been hearing from many that they are struggling to be in “the holiday spirit” this year – please join us for this special service.

The Blue Christmas service, also sometimes called “Longest Night,” is usually held near the Winter Solstice, and is meant especially for those who desire a quiet, reflective, yet hopeful time of prayer in the midst of a sometimes overwhelming holiday season. We will light the four candles on the Advent wreath as we seek to experience the peace and comfort of Christ, recognizing those griefs or other losses that might be weighing on our hearts. An individual time of prayer for all those who desire will also be offered. All are invited and welcome to this service of comfort and hope.

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Special Weather Notice for December 18

Due to weather and road conditions, we have decided to cancel the 8:00 & 9:00am worship services and Sunday School for Sunday,  December 18.

Our ONLY worship service will the Holy Eucharist at 10:30am, with decorating of the church afterwards. All who can stay for the hanging of the greenery will be treated to a pizza lunch and cookies!

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Our Christmas worship schedule will be as follows:

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve:

4:00 pm: Children’s Pageant Worship Service with birthday party for Jesus after

7:00 pm: Holy Eucharist, Rite 2, and Family Worship Service

10:30 pm: Christmas choral prelude by Cambridge Choir

11:00 pm: Holy Eucharist, Rite 2, and Cambridge Choir

Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day:

10:30 am: Christ-Mass Holy Eucharist, Rite 2

(The Christmas morning service at 10:30 will be the only service on Sunday, December 25.)

 

 

 

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God is With Us

 

Immanuel.  Hebrew names often had meaning.  The name Immanuel is formed of three shorter Hebrew words, run together: imma; nu; el.  “With”; “us”; “God”.  God with us.  Immanuel.  Sometimes translated into English as Emanuel.

The name was given originally in a prophecy by the great Hebrew prophet, Isaiah.  Isaiah gave the prophecy to King Ahaz.  The prophecy was meant to help strengthen Ahaz’s weak faith.

The writer of Matthew’s Gospel saw the name Immanuel as a prophecy of Jesus, delivered centuries before the birth of Christ.  According to Matthew, the birth of Jesus was part of a grand divine plan.

It is interesting how the writers of the New Testament believed that God had been working for centuries to prepare for the birth of Jesus.  They were convinced that God is constantly at work in the world around us, and can be revealed and known in the warp and woof of daily life.

The idea that the Messiah wants to be known as Immanuel suggests that God seeks to be part of our daily existence, in a very personal way.  God with us.  To help us.  Guide us.  Heal us.  Save us.

It’s a wonderful thought.  O come, o come, Immanuel.

Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent

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Third Sunday of Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.