Welcome, Advent! Our theme is What Can't Wait?, created by the team at A Sanctified Art.
December 8th is Peace and our scriptures are Isaiah 11: 1-10 and Matthew 3: 1-12. The thing that can't wait is peace. But we cannot create peace in our world until we create peace in our own lives. We are called to repent, to turn our lives around from our consumer greed, our petty self-righteous indulgences to lives that bear good fruit. This isn't just feeling sorry for things we have done or not done. Repentance is a complete and total change of heart, a transformation from self-centeredness to consideration of others. We are called as the body of Christ to act to bring God's vision of a peaceable kindom to fruition through our actions.
This year we are partnering with Communities In Schools to create hope, peace, joy and love for children in Chesterfield County. Each week we will complete an activity that associates the advent symbols of hope, peace, joy and love with a need in our schools. Our activity this week is preparing "stress balls" for students who need to learn ways to calm themselves when in crisis.
First Church is a progressive congregation, active in social justice, and officially an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Please visit for conversation during office hours, or join us for worship at 11:00 AM. Office hours are Tuesday from 9 to 12--but the pastor is available at your convenience if you contact her.
Our worship service is casual and we serve communion on the first Sunday of the month. Come as you are--all are welcome at the table. We serve gluten-free bread and grape juice and wine by intinction or occasionally in the pews. Children are always welcome and although we do not have a formal Sunday School program, there are always activities that connect our younger worshipers to our faith.
No matter who you are, or where you are on this journey called life and faith, you are welcome here.