This Advent the whole church is invited to be a part of The Redemption of Scrooge. This worship series will be a fun trip through Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. We’ll meet all the familiar faces: Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Marley, and of course the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Each week will include the traditional hanging of the Chrismon on the tree, singing familiar Christmas carols and new tunes, and a dramatic Radio Theater presentation. Together we will move from “Bah humbug,” to “God bless us, every one!” In addition to the weekly sermon series, there are three small group opportunities to dig deeper in to Matthew Rawle’s book, “The Redemption of Scrooge.” Sundays at 10:45 in the Adult Class in Asbury Parlor, Mondays at noon in Epworth Hall, and Thursday evenings at 6:00 in Asbury Parlor.
Nov. 27 Bah, humbug
Dec. 4 The Remembrance of Christmas past
Dec. 11 The Life of Christmas present
Dec. 18 The Hope of Christmas future
Dec. 24 (at 6:30) Candlight and Communion Christmas Eve service
Dec. 25 God bless us, every one!
The Hanging of the Greens is a wonderful day in the life of Two Rivers Church. All are invited to come at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 20 to help transform the church for Advent. There trees to assemble, ornaments, wreaths, and greens to be hung, and candles to set out. It is a joyful day with work divided by many friendly hands. After all the work is done, we will go to Epworth Hall for a pot-luck dinner.
The Christmas Eve service at Two Rivers United Methodist Church in Rock Island, will be at 6:30 p.m. The gathering will include traditional carols, an invitation to ALL to come to the Lord’s Table, and the sharing of Christ’s light. The service, as always, will close with the beautiful rendition of Silent Night sung with the raising of the candles in the dark night. The light of Christ chases away the darkness.
Here is a reflection about Christmas Eve, written by Pastor Robb. “To those who only come on Christmas Eve, ‘Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.'”
The Blue Christmas service will be at 4:00 p.m. on December 22. This service is designed for those who are grieving. Grief takes many forms, and can be caused by many things. Grief can make it difficult to sing “Joy to the World,” for grief can drain the joy from our hearts.
The Blue Christmas service is a chance to name the grief, not to dwell in it. It is a chance for those who are hurting to know that they are not alone. Christmas is a time for joy, but the only path to true joy lies through authentically naming the fear, worry, and doubt that clouds our vision of Christ.
This service will include music, silence, a brief ritual, and Communion. It will end at sunset of the longest night of the year. Read a reflection written by our Pastor Robb on his blog.
Two Rivers Church is at 1820 5th Avenue in Rock Island. For more information, call the church office at 309-788-9384
Starting on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Two Rivers Church will begin to prepare for Christmas. Advent is an ancient tradition of preparation that culminates in the celebration of Christ’s birth and the Christmas season. The theme of “Restore” will flow through our Advent season.
November 29: Restore Hope
December 6: Reveal Faith
December 13: Respond in Joy
December 20: Repair Peace
December 24: Renew in Christ
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Starting 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