Worship -- December 6, 2020, Second Sunday of Advent
Advent Devotional --
Advent Readings for the Second Week of Advent - A Celebration of Peace
Introduction - We gather around the Advent Wreath to prepare for the coming of the Prince of Peace.
Scripture: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Sunday - Isaiah 2:1-5
Monday - Psalm 122
Tuesday - Genesis 9:8-17
Wednesday - Isaiah 11:6-10
Thursday - Isaiah 26:3-4
Friday - Isaiah 40:1-2
Saturday - Micah 4:2-5
Prayer for Lighting the Advent Candle - Week 2, light two candles
God of love and peace, this Advent season help us to watch and wait for the coming of the Christ child. Open our eyes that we may see, open our ears that we may hear, and open our hands that we may serve, but most of all open our hearts to receive your love and to know when Jesus is with us. Amen.
Advent at Home:
Make your own Christmas ornaments or decorations - Whether it's making a construction paper chain, or a garland of popcorn or cranberries - you may already have everything you need at home. You can order kits or materials. You could bake cookies to hang on the tree. Have fun and be creative!
Read a classic Christmas book together - You may already have family favorites. Or find a new favorite.
Table Spirituality during Advent - Commit to having one meal a day together. Take a few moments to light the candles on your Advent Wreath and use the prayers in the meditations. Take time for conversation at the table - about hope, or peace, or light….
Advent Labyrinth --
The labyrinth has long been a valuable Christian spiritual practice. Walker Chapel's Advent Labyrinth of white pine garlands is up and lit, with a sign directing visitors to our website for instructions on how to do the walk. You can also find them here. Please help spread the word on Nextdoor, Facebook, etc. Pictures coming soon, but check it out!
Your generous donation to the Advent/Christmas special offering can help make up part of Walker Chapel’s benevolence fund shortfall this year, due to the Covid-19 cancellation of Aprilfest and Octoberfest. All funds from this offering go to support carefully selected local, national, and international benevolences (see https://www.walkerchapel.org/benevolence/) serving the homeless, hungry, sick, and needy. Because these organizations have been so severely impacted by the pandemic, this year they especially need our full support.
Please mail a generous check to the church office marked “Advent/Easter Offering”, or donate on-line (visit the Walker Chapel website at http://www.walkerchapel.org/payments/ and then select the “Advent/Easter Offering” fund option.) Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated.
Birthday Party for Jesus
In celebration of the Advent season and the birth of Jesus, the Walker Chapel Sunday’s Cool team is hosting a special birthday party for children on Sunday, December 13 at 1:00pm. It will be filled with all of the celebratory activities you might expect at a birthday party and perhaps some you may not expect! We hope your children can join us!! Anyone is welcome, but please RSVP with the address we should have the goodie bag(s) delivered so that we make sure you have the party supplies before the party. We look forward to celebrating Jesus’ birthday with you!
What: You are invited to a birthday party for Jesus
Host: Walker Chapel Sunday’s Cool Team and Students
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the address you would like your party box delivered and the number of children in your household who would like to participate. Bags will be delivered on Saturday, December 12.
P.S. – We will be delivering a vanilla cupcake for your child to decorate, so let us know if you need a gluten free cupcake or if you prefer to supply your own.
Simplified Structure Townhall this Wednesday at 7pm.
Where: [this Zoom link] (Passcode: 910472)
Read more on the Simplified Structure here.
Walker Chapel has a tradition of expressing special appreciation to our pastor and other ministry staff during the Christmas season. In this year of pandemic, staff members have had to pivot abruptly to new roles and new ways of performing ministry in safe and responsible ways. As ever, Walker Chapel is so grateful for their service and for keeping us connected. For those who would like to participate in this year's staff gift, the Pastor/ Staff-Parish Relations Committee suggests online donations at www.walkerchapel.org/payments/ or gifts mailed to the church office (4102 N Glebe Road, Arlington 22207), marked for staff gift. Our congregation is so fortunate to have such an excellent staff, and we are thankful for their ministry throughout the year.
Chen and Lynda Elliott
Audrey Ward and Carole Groome
Family of Don and Peggy Huff
Timmons/ Olson family
All struggling, isolated - standing by their own pool of tears
There are 3 ways to financially support the Chapel's ministry.
Snail mail your tithe and offerings to 4102 North Glebe Rd.; Arlington, VA 22207