Weekly Newsletter

A Note From Pastor Robyne

Hello friends,

I share with you a portion of an email I received from Bishop LaTrelle Easterling. She mentions Fr. Richard Rohr. I have read many of his books, and recently ordered “Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality” for my kindle. The first part of the Bishops letter was about Thanksgiving, but since we are past that, I wanted to share with you the rest of her letter.

Don’t forget this Sunday is the Hanging of the Green Service at 10:00am. There are a lot of moving parts in this service so we will be using a bulletin. The lyrics for the songs will be on the screen. There will be a light luncheon following the worship service.
If you happen to have some extra paper bags that you are not using, we can use them for our distribution next month.

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling’s message -
“God often lives in the awe of everyday miracles – in the love we share and in the moments when we open our hearts to recognize the beauty of holiness all around us.
Recently, I found myself in awe and I was surprised by the accompanying joy. My husband and I were finally able to attend the Balloon Fiesta held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, each year. We were scheduled to attend in 2020 when it was canceled, and we couldn’t attend last year for scheduling reasons. This October our time had finally arrived. It was still dark as we neared the park and the glow from the balloons being inflated was beautiful. After the dawn patrol gave the green light for ascension, the balloons began to fill the sky. I walked closer to the edge of the viewing area to take it all in. I was completely lost in the colors, shapes and sizes of the balloons when I heard voices behind me. They were talking about the amazement on someone’s face as they watched. They described a face full of awe and wonder. From their description, I presumed there was a child near me and I turned to see their face, but I found no one. When I turned around to face those behind me, I realized they had been talking about me!

Fr. Richard Rohr posits that the wonder and awe we find in contemplation opens us to the surrender necessary to experience the fullness of God. When was the last time you found yourself lost in total and complete awe? Where were you the last time you completely surrendered to a moment or an experience? I was completely open and vulnerable and present and free as those balloons filled the sky. I was holding nothing back nor was I concerned about what anyone thought. That is when love has her opportunity.
It is my hope that this spirit of transcendence lifts you in the days ahead. Let joy be your prayer, your strength, and your inspiration. May you delight in the faith that gives us purpose and life. On this Thanksgiving, and as we move together into the light of Advent, I wish you awe, wonder and love.

Blessings and Peace,
See you Sunday at 10am
Pastor Robyne

Order of Worship

Gathering

Song: O Come. O Come Emmanuel

Call To Worship

Opening Prayer

The Meaning of the Service

The Call to Celebration

Lessons of Christmas

Hymn "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Reading of the Sanctuary Evergreens

The Christmas Tree Reading

The Crismon Reading

Songs: Deck The Halls, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,
O Christmas Tree, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

The Poinsettia Reading

The Advent Candle Reading -

The Nativity Reading

HYMN: "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

Offering

Doxology

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer

We believe there are angels among us
Called within us, not just from up above
You give us enough hope in these times of trial
You show us how to live, You teach us how to give
You call us to be light and love. Bless our offering,
may it be used to grow your kingdom on earth. Amen.

Announcements

Closing Hymn:: Go Tell It On The Mountain

Sending

Announcements

#givemeals

We are so excited to partner with feedONE by Convoy of Hope from October - December 2022! Every 2 Facebook check-ins or reviews will provide a nutritious meal for a child in need. So far 23,836 nutritious meals have been provided! #givemeals

Angel Tree

This year Orchard Church is partnering with Caring Hearts to help children in our community with Christmas gifts. The giving tree is set up and all the tags are on the tree in the sanctuary.  We have 130 tags, some inexpensive and some a little pricier.  Some people might want to consider splitting a pricier tag. It is very important when you take a tag that you sign your name by the number on the clip board next to the tree. 

Send Us Your Prayers

Prayers of joy or prayers of lament, please let us know how we can pray for you! Send your prayers to [email protected] with the subject line "Prayer Request".

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Christmas Eve Services

Come join us for Christmas Eve. Saturday December 24, 4 & 7pm(both are candlelight services)Sunday December 25Worship 10am.Wear your favorite Christmas attire.Come in a suit or wear your favorite Christmas sweater. Wear boots or fuzzy slippers, we don't mind.