Merry Christmas

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The Blue Christmas Service is Wednesday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. This is a special time set aside for those who are hurting at Christmas. Learn more here.

The Christmas Eve worship will be at 6:30 in the evening. This traditional service will feature traditional Christmas songs, the lighting of candles, and the sharing of Communion. The service will retell the story of Christmas through songs and reading. Remember, all are invited to the Communion table. All are welcome, regardless of age, race, political leaning, class, nationality, gender, native language, or orientation. The message of Christmas is that all the barriers between humanity and God are removed. Indeed, Tiny Tim had it right when he declared, “God bless us, every one!.” For the last few weeks we have been looking at how the Redemption of Scrooge can matter to our Christmas today. This will be the final part of that story.

On Christmas Morning we will share a special interactive service designed especially for kids to help out. There is no need for rehearsal or costumes, and people of all ages are sure to enjoy this special re-telling of the “ABCs of Christmas.” In addition, people are invited to bring their gifts for the Holy Family. We have been reminded this year that Jesus and his family were refugees. The Gospel of Matthew tells us that the family had to flee from King Herod, who wanted Jesus dead. We know that Jesus survived, despite being a refugee in Egypt because someone there must have welcomed them. This Christmas, how can we do anything less? In response, we are creating a “Good Neighbor Kit,” to give to World Relief Moline. These Good Neighbor Kits include household items that will help a refugee family get settled in the area. If you don’t have a gift for the new family, you may still be able to select a gift and bring it at your earliest convenience.

Advent worship series

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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!

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

 

Christmas at Two Rivers

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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.