The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear

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On Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 the people of Two Rivers Church and the Church of Peace will come together for an afternoon of spreading Christmas cheer. We will meet at Two Rivers Church to get organized and practice a couple of songs.

From Two Rivers, we will go to Fort Armstrong, St. Anthony’s, and Friendship Manor.  These three nursing homes are expecting us to sing a handful of Christmas carols at each location.  After singing, we will finish at Church of Peace and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies.  The Church of Peace is at the corner of 12th Avenue and 12th Street in Rock Island.

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

 

Christmas at Two Rivers

christmas at two rivers

 

Christmas Pot-Luck and Children’s Program.  Sunday, December 14, 5:00 p.m.  We will gather in Epworth Hall for a wonderful meal.  Afterwards, everyone will go upstairs to the sanctuary to sing carols, and enjoy a no-rehearsal Christmas program.  All kids and youth are invited to participate.

Christmas Carols with the Church of Peace.  Sunday, December 21, 2-5 p.m. Youth and adults are invited to this special time of fellowship and building relationships with our neighbor church, the Church of Peace United Church of Christ.  We will gather at Two Rivers at 2, to practice some songs, then go to a few local nursing homes.  We will finish at Church of Peace for some cookies and hot chocolate.

Longest Night Service.  For those who struggle at Christmas.  Monday, December 22 from 6-7 p.m.  This service in the sanctuary will be a quiet, reflective time to remember those that struggle at Christmas.  This will be a holy time to recognize that while Christmas can be a joyful time, it can also sharpen the pain of loss.  Holy Communion will be shared.

Christmas Eve Carols and Candles.  Wednesday, December 24 at 6:30 p.m.  Wonderful music, the Christmas story retold, Holy Communion shared, and the lighting of candles at the singing of “Silent Night.”  Christmas Eve is a unique worship experience.

Christmas Carols Top Ten. Sunday, December 28 at 9:30 a.m.  All through Advent, people will be invited to vote on their favorite Christmas songs.  On the Sunday after Christmas, we will reveal Two Rivers Church’s Top Ten.

November Worship Series: Come to the Feast

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“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.