Burr Ridge United Church of Christ

Worship 10:00 A.M., Sundays


Holiday Worship Schedule

Advent 2
December 4- with Holy Communion
Hanging of the Greens and  Decorating
ChristmasTree
    

Read Matthew 3:1-12

Advent 3
December 11
Sunday School Pageant  and Bake sale

Read Matthew 11:2-11

Advent 4
December 18
Festival of Lessons and Carols
Read Matthew 1:18-25

Christmas Eve
December 24
Traditional Candle Light service with Holy Communion  

Read Luke 2:1-20

Christmas Day
December 25
Holy Communion will be offered 

Read Luke 2:1-20

New Years Day
January  1
We will usher in the new year with Holy Communion 

Read Matthew 25:31-46


Mid-Week Bible Study

7:00 p.m., Wednesdays

We are currently reading the Epistle to the Hebrews.  This is an interesting and challenging book to read.  It was originally written for a Jewish audience.

Lectionary Bible Study

8:45 a.m., Sundays 

This is a very rigorous discussion of the Gospel lesson for the day.  Many a sermon has been changed at the last minute because of this discussion.  Please join us.  

 

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Pastor's Message

December 2016

            The mystery of Christmas lies in that manger long ago and far away.  The mystery is the baby Jesus who is Immanuel - God with us.  The mystery is that the baby Jesus is God.  The mystery of Christmas is, however, not exhausted with the baby Jesus.  The mystery also includes the reason why this baby was born.  The name Jesus says it all.  This baby Jesus is our Savior

            Curious isn’t it that our almighty and powerful God should be born a weak and defenseless baby.  This is something new.  This is something unheard of.  That God would also be human.  As John says in the opening Prologue to his Gospel, the Word was God and the Word became flesh, Jesus of Nazareth.  As man, Jesus can die for the sin of the world.  As God, Jesus conquers death.  As both God and man, Jesus redeems us. 

            But this does not exhaust the significance of God becoming incarnate in Jesus.  This is the way that God works in the world.  This is how God works in our lives.  God appears under his opposite.  In our weakness God chooses to be present with his strength.  In our doubt God chooses to be present with his wisdom.  In our illness God chooses to be present with his healing.  In our despair God chooses to be present with his hope.  This is the mystery of God. 

 

 

 

Announcements


Women’s Wellness - 

Third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for more information contact Deb Sanford 630-330-5251 or Susann Pedersen 630-863-5736. Food will be provided.

Book Club
12:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 7

We are reading Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timeline by Marlo Schalesky.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  










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