This is a season of letting go.
In many ways, it feels a bit like Lent in Advent.
We are letting go of expectations, of plans, of our traditional gatherings.
Yet, the very act of letting go, allows room for new experiences and new appreciation.
What will it be like to spend Christmas Eve at home. I have not had this experience in years. I know a cup of tea will be involved and candlelight and a heart filled with unbounded joy -- a practice we learned together last Advent.
I have time traveled to Christmas Eve, and I have seen all of the wonderful visuals and music and proclamation that are in store for us all in our CUMC virtual Christmas Eve worship.
My prayer is that we each find ways to engage our hopes and our dreams as well as our faith as we open our hearts anew to the Light of Christ.
May that light shine brightly in your hearts and homes this Christmas.
In prayer and care,
Christmas Eve 2020 with Claremont UMC
Our Christmas Eve worship this year will be virtual and available on our CUMC YouTube Channel.
Each virtual choir, along with soloists, acolytes, and your clergy and worship team leaders have drawn on the deepest aspects of their faith and joy and created what we hope will be a meaningful Christmas Eve worship.
We suggest you lower the lights when you watch and have a candle nearby or a lamp.
Immerse yourself in the visuals and sing along with the carols.
The Light of Christ burns brightly this Christmas Eve.
An email with the link to the Christmas Eve worship will be sent early on Christmas Eve Day. Our hope and prayer is that you watch at whenever best suits your celebration this year. Or, press play at 5 or 7 or 11 as is your tradition to enter the virtual sanctuary.
May the Light of Christ shine bright.
CUMC Staff Christmas Holiday
Friends, a reminder that the Church Office remains closed to all.
Also, the Staff of Claremont UMC is off for a Christmas break from December 25 through January 3. We will be back to work on Monday, January 4.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
A New Virtual Class with Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr.
Coming January 10, 2021!
What a delight to start the New Year with amazing food for thought and faith.
“Jesus’s Mission and Ours” is the theme of conversations each Sunday from January 10 through February 14, 11:00 a.m. to noon featuring Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr., noted theologian and charter member of Claremont UMC. John Cobb will be preaching on January 10, the Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Jesus. He will be with us for conversation about his most recent book, Salvation, facilitated by pastor Ron Hines, board member of the Cobb Institute.
Jesus announced the basileia theou (divine commonwealth) in his mission to save his people from Rome and from their own proclivity to violence. To follow Jesus today is to adopt the most inclusive mission in our day—“to save the world from the self-destruction on which it now seems bent.” Cobb is frank about the dilemmas in freeing American self-understanding from its “Christianism” and “modern” metaphysics. He likens Jesus’s mission to today’s invitation to an “ecological civilization,” (which is called for in the constitution of China), and he celebrates the emergence of “communities of communities” and “ecological economics.” The book summarizes a lifetime of reflection by this eminent scholar in our midst, and gives insight into his current popularity in China.
The zoom link for the class will be sent separately the week of Jan. 4.
And a reminder of the link will be in the Where to Find Worship email that will be sent on Jan. 9. Thank you for not sharing the zoom link on social media.
We Are Praying For...
If you have someone you would like Claremont UMC to keep in prayer, and list on our prayer list, please email Jessica, email@example.com. Please indicate whether they are to be listed on the public prayer list, or kept private. Please pray for these dear ones on our prayer list, HERE.
A Musical Meditation from Katie
As a special piece for the "Weekly Window," Katie shares an audio of her playing a well-loved hymn! This week's hymn is "In the Bleak Midwinter" from The United Methodist Hymnal, no. 221. Click HERE and enjoy!