Blessings to everyone! We hope that you will be able to join us as we enjoy the Season of Advent and Christmas as it unfolds. We have planned the following events and invite you to place them in your seasonal calendar and share in them with us here at Lakeview United Church.
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 (Advent 1: Sunday of Hope) 10 am Communion Service Theme: “Swimming in the Waters of Hope” Readings: Older Testament: Jeremiah 33: 10-11b; 14-16 Gospel: Luke 1: 5-25 ‘Lucky Club’ Pop Up Christmas Pageant practice
Sunday, December 9th, 2018 (Advent 2: Sunday of Peace) 10 am Theme: “Breathing in the Winds of Peace” Readings: Older Testament: Malachi 3: 1-4 Gospel: Luke 1: 26-38 ‘Lucky Club’ Pop Up Christmas Pageant practice
Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 Westwinds Christmas Choral Concert (along with the Lakeview United Church Choir) 7:30pm Admission with a donation to the Calgary Food Bank
Sunday, December 16th, 2018 (Advent 3: Sunday of Joy) 10 am Theme: “The Joy of Food & Being Fed” Readings: Older Testament: Zephaniah 3: 14-20 Epistle Lesson: Philippians 4: 4-7 Gospel: Luke 1: 39-56 ‘Lucky Club’ Pop Up Christmas Pageant practice
Friday, December 21, 2018 7 pm Longest Night Service (Blue Christmas) When you’re feeling down or overwhelmed at this time of year…..we offer up a little joy with a quiet service of gentle word, prayer, and song.
Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 (Advent 4: Sunday of Love) 10 am Communion Service Theme: “Living and Loving in the Light” Readings: Older Testament: Micah 5: 2-5a Gospel: Luke 1: 57-79 ‘Lucky Club’ presentation of the Pop Up Christmas Pageant!
Sunday, December 24th, 2018 5 pm Christmas Eve Service, especially child friendly. Messy Church: Activities for the kids before the service, including a PowerPoint presentation of Sunday’s Christmas Pagaent. Traditional Candlelight Service with familiar carols, the birth story, prayer, candle lighting and messages of Christmas to follow!
Sunday, December 24th, 2018 7 pm Christmas Eve Service Traditional Candlelight Service with familiar carols, the birth story, prayer, candle lighting and messages of Christmas!
Sunday, December 30th, 2018 10am A brief service followed by Eggs Benedict and Fellowship! A great way to end the year with your church family and welcome newcomers. Sign up on the list in the Narthex, or, RSVP (403) 242-5760
December 11, 2018
“May this Christmas be for each of us, a time of moving beyond reason to wonder; beyond grasping to letting go; beyond competition to cooperation. Let your body be the stable, let your heart be the manger, let your life be like the child’s with the blessing of God upon you as the Spirit goes before you and the Christ-child lives within you.”
These are some expressions of Christmas hope from some folks in New Zealand and from England – not any different than words which we would share with each other here in Calgary and beyond. They are words or terms which point to the contrasts of many of our lives and how each of us yearns to live as blessings to others and to all of creation. It is in this season of wonder, this season of family and friends, where I once again share with all of you my hopes and dreams amidst a sometimes uncertain future. May my thoughts be your thoughts; may my Christmas wishes to all of you be mirrored in your deepest aspirations and your own personal hopes and dreams for the world.
There are many words which are associated with Christmas and I believe that they need to be, once again, brought forward to echo this rebirthing. Words such as Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love come to mind and these have always been the words which the season of Advent focuses upon. What then is Hope? Hope is stepping out into the world and actively pursuing what is right and what is just. Then what is Peace? Peace is breaking down our boundaries, our walls, our barriers, our prejudices, and looking at others as ourselves. And what about that word Joy? This is a happy heart – a happy place. Joy is the knowing that rainbows follow a cloud-burst. And, what then is Love? Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if and when you stop opening the Christmas gifts and listen. These words begin to exemplify Christmas dreams and realities of our spirit-driven lives and our belief in manger miracles. They are but a few, but their significance can change the world – personally and collectively.
All of us here at your Lakeview United Church strive daily to make these words real, visceral, and all-encompassing in our actions and in our deeds for Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love are actions. This is what happened on Christmas morning when God broke into the world in a real and visual way. God made it genuine by the birthing of one just like us. God said, “Here’s my promise to you!”
So, in this season of newness and of mystery, in this time of active waiting and of hope-filled expectation, we offer our invitations to all of you and to come and experience something which can make a difference in your world. Maybe it’s the Christmas carols which you need…maybe it’s the quiet times of introspection…maybe it’s the fellowship or possibly a place where God meets you in your time or situation. Whatever your needs – we’re here. And whether or not you choose to be present, we still call upon each of you to think of us as we think of you. In this season of giving, please keep us in mind so that we can continue the wonderful work which has taken place here in the many, many years. Your gift would make our gifts even greater. We have been growing, expanding, rebuilding, and many, many thanks go out to all of you for your generosity, your prayers, your energies, and your many gifts of kindness and of benevolence. You are all truly loved!!
Following is a schedule of our Advent and Christmas season ‘happenings’. You will probably receive this message on or about Tuesday, December the 11th, so be aware that much has already happened and there is much, much more to come!! Please mark them on your calendar and join with us as we journey, together, to Bethlehem.
Tuesday, December 11 – 7:30 pm
Westwinds Choirs along with our Lakeview United Church Choir share in the gifts of song – the gifts of Christmas…this will be an evening of both listening to and in singing your favourite Christmas carols, of spending time with your neighbours, and of sharing in the true Spirit of the season…we ask that you bring food-stuffs for the Food Bank and if you would rather give monies or cheques, please put the monies or cheques in an envelope and make your cheques out to The Calgary Food Bank and pass them on to Rev. Jope Langejans who will forward them on for all of you…
Sunday, December 16th – 10:00 am
This will be our third Sunday of the Advent season and we will be celebrating the Sunday of Joy…this is also an opportunity for all of you to bring your foodstuffs for The Calgary Food Bank and to help those out who may be finding this season and their shelves to be very empty as they experience the exhaustion of trying to feed their selves and their families. Bring the kids this Sunday as we work towards putting our PowerPoint video together for Sunday, December the 23rd…
Friday, December 21st – 7:00 pm
When Christmas is painful, lonely, desperate, or down-right not fun, come on this quiet evening where you will be filled with the Spirit of love, the Spirit of connectedness, and the Spirit of knowing that you are never alone…some folks call this ‘Blue Christmas’ but truthfully, it is the longest night of the year and with the next morning, the ‘Blue’ will begin to change to warmer colours…
Sunday, December 23rd – 10:00 am
Our final Advent Sunday where the candle of Love will be lit…this is a Sunday of communion and also an opportunity to see what the children have put together for us to experience…a Sunday of your favourite Christmas carols and messages of Love…
Monday, December 24th – Christmas Eve – 5:00 pm
Let’s call this service a ‘family-friendly’ one with a ‘Pop-Up’ play where kids of all ages are invited to pick up one of the paper bags which contains angel dust, shepherd things, wise-men gifts, and then as the story unfolds, the stage will be set for all of the kids and adults to come together and make the scene come alive…an evening of story, carols, excitement and hey, did I say ‘Excitement’!!! (Oh…candle-lighting and glow sticks for all)
CHRISTMAS EVE – 7:00 pm
Our Traditional Christmas Eve service with caroling, partaking in the story, candle-lighting, sharing in the message of Christmas and being together as family and friends…one that everyone looks forward to every year…
Sunday, December 30th – 10:00 am
A short worship service followed by Eggs Benedict…the sign-up sheet is on the narthex table
so please sign-up for yourselves and the neighbours which you are going to invite…no charge, only a donation if you feel so inclined…Don Linton called this “Eggs St. Benedict hosted by Pope Jope”– NOPE!! Just come and be dined well…
Merry Christmas to all of you and blessings of 2019…..Rev. Jope Langejans