We moved up the start of Advent for several reasons this year, most of which I outlined in my sermon. According to Facebook, I would say it was pretty evenly split as to whether people moved up the start of Advent or are waiting until next week.
My second year in Rehoboth, I did a Hanging of the Greens service. That first year, everyone pretty much thought I was nuts. The second year, the flower committee tried to help me set up, but ended pretty much decorating everything the day before. The third or fourth year, Bruce and I got into an argument about whether or not we could pull off the greens on the balcony could be hung during the service itself (or if we had to be totally lame and pre-hang them). Last year, his point was proven when the greens almost fell off the balcony during The Holly and the Ivy.
Suffice is to say, it's a work in progress.
That being said, every year the service has gone a little bit smoother and I thought this year was the smoothest it has ever gone! I asked for extra help and - gracious - it's amazing what happens when you ask for help!
Here is my sermon - a little bit shorter, since the beginning of worship was a little bit longer with the hanging of the greens. Enjoy!
Hi Friends! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. For the fifth year in a row, we trotted for Bella at the turkey trot in Pawtucket, RI. It was extra special this year, because she had been admitted to Hasbro Children's Hospital the night before.
Here is my sermon from last weekend. I talked about living in God's light and, the funny thing about this sermon was that it was POURING when I arrived at church that morning, but when church was over, the sun was coming out! I guess when you preach on light, light shine!
I don't normally preach on Homeless Awareness Weekend, but it light of what happened in Sutherland Springs, TX the week before, I really needed to respond from the pulpit. We ended up having a really nice service - following my remarks and the choir anthem, I interviewed the kids that took part in Homeless Awareness Weekend and they were able to each talk a little bit about their experiences over the weekend.
Here's my sermon! Enjoy ...
- Rev. Sarah
It's been too long. I actually took two weeks off from preaching because we had testimonies as part of our stewardship campaign and then last week was so nutty at the church that I never was able to upload my sermon.
SO - he we go. This is my sermon from November 5th. I used the All Saints Day liturgy, but tied it into our church bazaar weekend (which is a BIG DEAL in Rehoboth). We received new members that Sunday and shared communion, so it was a busy Sunday with not a lot of time to preach. That being said - it didn't need to be a long sermon! The message was succinct.
- Rev. Sarah