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Christmas Cantata: Hear selections from Handel's Messiah this Sunday, December 15

Invite your soul to soar with the incredible music of Handel's Messiah!

Our choir, directed by Jack Perdue and accompanied by Sharon How, will guide us in a triumphant, moving embrace of this season as we hear the good news of God coming to us. We welcome guest performers to enhance our sound and welcome anyone in our community who seeks to encounter the joy of this season through song and beauty.

This worship time is completely open to the public and begins at 10:45 AM.

Invite a friend. Join us and prepare your hearts.

(posted December 10, 2019)

Advent Book Study: Light of the World

Advent is a time of preparation, and it's perfect to ask questions.

What does the Bible really say about Jesus' birth? How can we understand these narratives and what God is doing through them? How do these stories from the gospels tie into Old Testament language and images?

Dr. Amy Jill-Levine is a great author, a Jewish Studies professor, and gifted scholar. Her book, Light of the World, is a perfect introduction to basic questions about the birth of Jesus and the themes that scripture builds off of to tell an incredible story of hope. You will find it insightful and challenging and help you see Advent from a new perspective.

The church has ordered a limited number of copies of the book, or you can order one for yourself.

Discussion times are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM (in Room 5 at the church) and Wednesday evenings at 8 PM. Rev. Nathan's group will meet at Franklin's in Hyattsville on December 11 and Streetcar 82 on December 18.

(posted November 27, 2019)

Advent 2019: Learn how to grow in faith and serve others this Christmas

This December, we will celebrate 300 years of Isaac Watts' Christmas carol, "Joy to the World", and look for the unexpected ways we might experience joy in the midst of despair, challenge, and change. How can you prepare room for the coming of Christ? How can you serve others and share your joy? How does God show up to change our lives and our world?

Please download our Advent guide to see ways you can worship, serve others, and grow in faith during the Advent season.

Our events are open to anyone, whether you are new to faith, overflowing with questions, or just looking for an opportunity to hear good news.

Rev. Nathan Hill will preach a series about joy each Sunday morning and also offer a sacred time of discussion at Denizen's Brewing in Riverdale Park, MD each Wednesday evening. We'll make space as a church for neighbors who are currently experiencing homelessness during the second week of December. Our Christmas Cantata, led by our choir and guest musicians, will offer us selections of Handel's Messiah to draw us into this story. Finally, we welcome our entire community to join us for our Christmas Eve services at 7 PM and 11 PM on December 24.

May God bless you as you make room for joy and experience this season from a new perspective.

(posted November 26, 2019)

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