Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 Join Clyde FUMC on Christmas Eve at 6:30 PM for a special candlelight service and prepare your heart for the arrival of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The light of our world. The light of our life.
Dear Fellow Joyful Worshippers,
Advent, a season of joyfully anticipating the coming of our Savior, compels us to break up normal routines so we can “make room” for our King Jesus! The Worship Committee at Clyde FUMC would like to invite you to joyfully anticipate the coming Messiah in some new ways this Advent season.
Beginning on Sunday, December 10th, and going through December 31st, we are combining to one worship service at 10:00 am each week. Our regular schedule for these four Sundays will be:
8:30 am – Fellowship Time in the Fellowship Hall
9:00 am – Sunday school
10:00 am – Worship Service in the Sanctuary
This change is happening in part to prepare for our special Christmas Cantata on December 17th, at 10:00 am, which will feature all our musical ensembles in the Sanctuary and will be followed by an all-church Fellowship Meal. December 24th is also a special day in which we hope to pack the house twice, once at 10:00 am, and again at 6:30 pm for the “Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.”
We know that corporately engaging in a different routine can have the effect of fasting, which results in opening ourselves more fully to Christ. Of course, we don’t engage in a change merely to endure it, but we anticipate that the God who makes all things new will make a new creation of us! Sunday morning tends to be the simplest expression of our assembling together, and one worship service expresses the “unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” that has been the heart desire among us for quite some time.
We also know that the Christmas season is a natural time for people to try out church for the first time. Being together simplifies our invitational message and equips us to welcome more effectively all of our guests.
An additional facet of our corporate Advent fast will be raising the video screen and revealing the beautiful stained-glass window. I am reminded of the parable comparing a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven to the “owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” At Clyde FUMC, we have a God-granted, legacy-rich heritage of creatively and authentically worshiping the Ancient of Days, Who Was, And Is, And Is To Come!
The Worship Committee (Jared Reiff, Melba Miller, Kenny Wilson, Daniel Noworatzky, Lauren Farwell, and Marci Pair) would like to hear any feedback or reflections you receive from the Lord as we journey together through an innovative approach to worship and the Christmas season. We hope your feedback will play a part in helping us discern the Father’s direction for us in 2018.
May you enjoy this season of celebrating the Jesus who first came in a manger, but soon will be coming in the clouds!
Only By Grace,
Monty Barnett, Pastor
December 17th will be a very special musical Sunday service were the cantata we’ve titled “Musical Christmas” will take the place of THE WORD. The cantata will feature all the musical groups of the church: the choir, the praise band, the handbell choir, and even a children’s choir.
“Musical Christmas” showcases all your favorite classic Christmas carols, like O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, reimagined for mixed choir and praise band. They’re sure to delight folks of all ages, recalling good memories of Christmases past while making new memories we all will share.
All of the groups have been working so hard to bring you this music, and we’re sure it will “make your spirits bright” as we prepare for the coming of the Christ-child this Advent season.
This special cantata, Dec. 17th during THE WORD, will also be a shared experience of both service folks as we will be joining together in a 10:00am UNITY service that Sunday. Remember that the following Sunday, Dec. 24th is the special Christmas Eve service which will be all together in a 10:00am UNITY service as well as a candlelight service that evening at 6:30 PM.
Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday!
And Merry Christmas!