Advent-Epiphany Worship Series: Reveal your Mystery

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Community Mennonite Church

Reveal your Mystery

 Advent-Epiphany 2014-15

“Advent summons us to the beginning. The lavishness of God’s compassion and mercy frame yet another year for us. With the arrival of Advent’s first Sunday, we attend to this mystery one more time. Clearly, we are a people whose origins and destiny make us curious yet apprehensive about the day of the Lord’s coming. Our tradition proclaims this as both an event already accomplished in human history and an event moving toward fulfillment in the future—our future.”  Thomas J O’Gorman editor of An Advent Sourcebook 1988

As Community Mennonite Church our advent worship services will include lectionary scriptures, a series of children’s stories, confession and rich music (choral, strings, brass and the theme song Advent Longing—see reverse) as we prepare to celebrate the mystery of God’s incarnation among us. Plan to join us for Christmas Eve and bring any friends and family in town for the holiday. We’ll also enjoy our annual Christmas Breads on December 28th.

November 30: Reveal your Power

Isaiah 64:1-9

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

I Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13:24-37

December 7: Reveal your Peace

Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

II Peter 3:18-25a

Mark 1:1-8

December 14: Reveal your Joy

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Psalm 126

I Thessalonians 5:16-24

Luke 1:26-55

December 21: Reveal your Love

II Samuel l7:1-11, 16

Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

Romans 16:25-27

John 3 :31-36a

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

Wednesday, December 24th     6-7 pm

(A peace offering will be received.)

December 28: Your Beauty Revealed                 

Isaiah 61:10-62:3                              Christmas Breads 8:30 am

Psalm 148                                           Worship at 10:00 am

Galatians 4:4-7                                  (no Sunday School)

Luke 2:22-40

January 4                                       Your Mystery Revealed—Epiphany Sunday

Isaiah 60:1-6

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14

Ephesians 3:1-12

Matthew 2:1-12



Advent Longing

Tune: ‘Gillamoor’, by John L. Bell

Words by Pat Bennett

Searching for paths in the thickets of night –

ways threading up to the promise of light:

longing for Dayspring’s dawn,

longing for Dayspring’s dawn.

Straining to hear ’midst the babel of noise –

whispers of justice, its hope and its joys:

longing for Wisdom’s voice,

longing for Wisdom’s voice.

Aching to find through the chill of despair –

touches of warmth, the beginnings of care:

longing for Love’s embrace,

longing for Love’s embrace.

Dreaming of spring while in winter’s bleak hold –

quickening life which then waits to unfold:

longing for Stems to bud,

longing for Stems to bud.

Bright Morning Star and a Word in the night –

Love shows its face through Emmanuel’s light:

waiting gives way to life;

longing dissolves into joy!

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA