More than a resolution

covenant renewalOn the first Sunday of the new year, the people of Two Rivers Church are invited to renew their covenant relationship with Christ. This service was created by John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, over 200 years ago. Ever since, it has been used by Methodists to renew their relationship with God.

At the service, all will be invited to do three things:

  1. Renew your relationship with Christ through prayer, and a take-home reminder of the agreement you made.
  2. Remember your baptism. All will be invited to come forward to receive the sign of the cross on your forward in water. If you have not been baptized, and wish to be baptized during the service, you will let Pastor Robb know, and you will be baptized at the end of this part of the service.
  3. Come to Christ’s table. All are invited to eat the bread and drink from the cup. Gluten free bread is provided, and the cup is grape juice.

Coming on January 11: Forgiveness

“Forgiveness” starts January 11

 

forgiveness bookA new worship series called Forgiveness will begin on January 11. The four-part series is based on Adam Hamilton’s book Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go.

In conjunction with the worship series, the Good News Class will be using the book along with a leaders’ guide and DVD in small group discussions. The Good News Class is open to all adults, and meets in the Asbury Parlor, which is upstairs.

 

Christmas Eve service of candles and carols

CHRISTMASEVE F;YERChristmas Eve is a special night.  At 6:30 p.m., we will gather for worship with our Bell Choir, Sanctuary Choir, and Youth Choir. We will sing some traditional Christmas hymns, come to the Lord’s table and share Communion, and relight each of the Advent candles.  Please know that the table of Communion is open to all.  The only requirement to take the bread and the cup is a desire to find God.

The service will end with the lighting of the Christ Candle. Then that light will be shared with all who gather as we sing “Silent Night, Holy Night.” The lights will be turned down low as we sing, and hold aloft the light of Christ.  Hopefully, when we go home, the light will remain in our hearts.

Two Rivers Church is at 1820 5th Avenue Rock Island. The parking lot is at the corner of 5th Avenue and 18th Street.  There is an accessible ramp on 19th Street. Get Directions.

Vote for your favorite Christmas Songs

Click on the image to vote for your favorite Christmas hymns.
Click on the image to vote for your favorite Christmas hymns.

On December 28, Two Rivers will celebrate in worship with a Christmas Carol Countdown.  Throughout December, people can vote on their favorite Christmas hymns (and one not so favorite).  The top vote getters will be revealed in worship on December 28 at 9:30, as we enjoy a festive day day of singing and praise.  CLICK HERE FOR YOUR BALLOT.

Checking, Decking, and Dashing

 

Advent seriesStarting November 30, Two Rivers Church will enter the season of Advent.  For many, Advent is a time of checking, decking, and dashing.  But what are we checking, decking and dashing to?

November 30 – Checking into peace

December 7 – Decking with love

December 14 – Dashing to spread joy

December 21 – Dashing to others with hope

 

November Worship Series: Come to the Feast

feast crop

“Come to the Feast,” is a new four-part worship series that begins on November 2.  During the series, Pastor Robb will be revealing the depth of Jesus’ radical table sharing ministry. By looking at four different stories of Jesus eating with others in the Gospel of Luke.

November 2 – Jesus shares a meal with his disciples.  We still remember this particular even in our act of Communion.  The United Methodist Church values the open table.  All are invited.

November 9 – Jesus eats with the tax collectors.  The cultural significance of eating with tax collectors cannot be overstated.  The tax collectors were the lowest of the low – they collaborators with a foreign oppressor, and profited from the pain of their neighbors.  Yet Jesus broke bread with them.

November 16 – Jesus eats with the Pharisees.  On the other end of the social spectrum are the Pharisees.  These were respected men, and often portrayed in the gospels as Jesus’ enemies.

November 23 – Jesus eats with Zacchaeus.  An oft misunderstood story, Jesus and Zacchaeus is usually seen as a story of conversion, but there is more to the story than the traditional interpretation.