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Page updated 13 December 2021; Burlington Presbyterian Church

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This Week’s Focus

On the third Sunday of Advent, we ask the question, How can we share hope? Mary’s song of praise is filled with hope and powerful images of God’s action on behalf of the lowly and oppressed; a world that would soon be “turned upside down” by the birth of the Savior. Both she and her cousin Elizabeth were expecting the miraculous births of sons that would change the world. When Mary went to visit her cousin, the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy at her greeting. In what ways can we share the joy of hopeful expectation with those around us? Join us in person or online for this third Sunday of Advent, as we continue our journey of hope toward Bethlehem. 

This Week’s Scripture Readings

This Week’s Bulletin

Longest Night Service

For those who have experienced loss, the holidays can be a particularly painful time, stirring up grief in acute ways. As a result, churches around the world have adopted the practice of having a “Blue Christmas” or a “Longest Night” service during the Advent season. In the Northern hemisphere, this service is often observed on December 21st, the Winter Solstice, which is the longest night of the year. Our church will hold a Longest Night service on December 16th at 7 PM in the sanctuary, with liturgy from A Sanctified Art. 

A Longest Night service is designed to provide space for prayer, reflection, and remembrance amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. In this pandemic season of life, we imagine that grief and loss will be magnified and nearly universal, and a service like this may be needed now more than ever.

There will not be a live Zoom link to watch the service from home, although we will do our best to record and provide a link to watch.

Christmas Drama

We are looking for children and youth to participate in our Christmas Drama, They Followed a Bright Star. The Christmas drama will be held during worship on Sunday, December 19 at 10:30 AM. We will rehearse on Saturday December 18 at 10 AM. Contact Jen Slater if you can participate or help with the Christmas drama.

Christmas Eve

As we look forward to celebrating Christmas Eve in the sanctuary this year, we know that we are still in the midst of the COVID pandemic and we want to celebrate in the safest possible way. We are not doing the traditional Christmas Tableaux this year, although we will have a service of Lessons and Carols, including many of the beloved Christmas carols and hymns. Our sanctuary seating has limited capacity to ensure that we are able to leave some space between family groups. Ushers will help you find a seat on a first-come basis. Should the sanctuary reach capacity, we will have overflow seating set-up in Fellowship Hall where you can view the service on a monitor. We also plan to live-stream the service over Zoom, similar to our Sunday morning worship. It would greatly help us in our plans if you would respond to this brief survey, to let us know whether you plan to attend worship on Christmas Eve at our church in person or via Zoom . Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Christmastide Services (26 Dec & 02 Jan)

Worship on the two Sundays after Christmas Day, December 26th and January 2nd, will be held ONLINE only via Zoom. The Session voted to approve this change to allow our worship tech volunteers to have a break, and to provide everyone the opportunity to worship from the comfort of your own homes during the holidays. Pastor Trina will be on vacation from December 25 – January 2nd; our worship leader on December 26th will be Mark Vogel, followed by the Rev. Amy Williams Fowler on January 2nd. Worship details will be posted closer to the dates. 

Financial Pledges for 2022

If you haven’t already done so, please submit your financial pledge to support the work of our church in 2022. The Treasurer, Finance Committee, and Session are now working on the 2022 budget. To prepare realistically for next year, it is important to have an accurate estimate of congregational giving. A “pledge” is not a “contract.” We realize, especially in these uncertain days, that circumstances change, and the amount folks can contribute may decrease or increase as the new year unfolds. Nevertheless, it helps enormously for budgeting if we have a good sense of what our income may be. You can bring a pledge card to church, mail it in, or just send an email to our Treasurer, using this link, with your estimated contribution in 2022.  

Fair Trade Christmas Gifts

“Fair-Trade” is a global movement delivering better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for artisans, farmers and workers in developing countries. Take a look at our curated collection of links to organizations offering fair-trade gifts for purchase online. Your purchase of fair-trade products helps artisans and farmers build healthier, sustainable communities worldwide.

Monthly Food Drive

Normally, our monthly food drive supporting the Burlington Food Pantry is the first Saturday of the month. We are suspending the food collection during the winter months; check back to see when the food collections resume in the Spring.