Sing It Loud For All To Hear


Last month many of you sent in expressions of your thankfulness. These were heartwarming to read and to share with the congregation in our Thanksgiving Worship Service. I trust they sparked your own sentiments of thankfulness. One of the items a parishioner sent in was, "I am thankful for the joy of music and its healing and transformative power". I say, "Amen!" to that.


Each Sunday several vocal pieces are included in the worship service for congregational singing. Even though we are separated and perhaps at home, we are still a congregation. I hope you are joining in the singing wherever you are. Music does lift the heart and soul out of the daily routine and releases us to ponder higher thoughts. Music in the service is not a filler; it is important to worship.


I am thankful for Varina and Jim, our song leaders, Tom our accompanist, and for Deb who prints out the words each week. We are always open to including new vocalists; there are many fine voices in this congregation. And as Buddy the Elf says in the holiday movie, "Sing it loud for all to hear."


Pastor Joanne

Advent Prayers


For the week of December 6, our theme is PEACE.

May there be peace in our world, in our community, and in our hearts, O God. Help us to be peacemakers in our family and with all the people we meet. We eagerly wait for the coming of Jesus, who is called the Prince of Peace. Amen.


For the week of December 13, our theme is LOVE.

Help us, God, to see everyone with the eyes of love. May love inspire us to be more than we think we can be and to do more than we think is possible. We pray in the name of Jesus who comes to us at Christmas that we know what perfect love is. Amen.


For the week of December 20, our theme is JOY.

The day of celebration and wonder is near. We wait with anticipation. God-With-Us, Emmanuel is born on Christmas. With joy we will once again welcome Him to our home and heart. Be with us Lord Jesus, we ask you to stay. Amen.


For Christmas, our theme is GOOD NEWS!

Jesus our Light has come! Thank you, God, for the gift of your Son who brings life to all who receive Him. Come Lord Jesus, there is room in our hearts for you. Be with us through all the days of our lives. Amen.

Pastor Joanne invites you to join us this and every Sunday morning for our live-streamed Facebook worship service at 10:30 am, preceded by 5 minutes of music for meditation to help folks get settled. Pajama attire and pets are welcome.

In-Person Worship: The Spring Creek Sanctuary is cautiously reopening to our members and friends who want to be a part of the worship service in-person. Currently, we are limiting the number that may be present to ten (This does not include those who are active participants such as the worship team or the technical team). We are taking all necessary precautions and feel that the environment is safe. We welcome you to call the office by Thursday, noon, to reserve a seat for in-person worship.Those who have attended have said that it was good to be back to worship in their church home once again. Seating is assigned to designated areas maintaining safe distancing. Masks must always be worn. Worshipers should plan to be seated by 10:25, the time we begin filming the live service broadcast. Copies of our Order of Worship are available on the stand by the sanctuary double doors. Pastor Joanne has more information.

God Is Still Speaking,

Let's listen together.

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