Third Sunday of Advent
The Reverend George Anastos
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
This prophecy from Isaiah is traditionally interpreted by Christians to be referring to Jesus. However, we always must remember that this is a Hebrew text intended for the Hebrew people—a people called by God to bring healing to the world. What does it mean to stand with/in/for both traditions and faithfully live the covenant God makes with us?
December 24, 10:00A
Fourth Sunday of Advent
The Reverend David Pettit
Today we shall worship with our sisters and brothers of Calvary Presbyterian Church. Their minister—the Reverend David Pettit will be our preacher, the Reverend George Anastos of First Plymouth will be the liturgist.
Christmas Eve at First Plymouth
4:00P, 7:00P, and 10:00P
This year we will have a change in our schedule of Christmas services. Our early 4:00P service will continue to be for small children and young families. If what you love are children and their cacophonous voices raised high, this is the service for you. The Chancel Choir will share their gift of music at the 7:00P service. Our 10:00P service will be a service of lessons and congregational carols, ending with the singing of Silent Night and lighting of candles.
4:00P A service for children.
7:00P A service of music and lessons. The Chancel Choir will be singing at this service.
10:00P A quiet service of lessons, candlelight and congregational carols.
The Reverend Dr. Eric Smith
I don’t know about you, but I usually skip right over the genealogies in the bible. They’re just a boring list of names, right? Well, not this one. The genealogy of Jesus is the first word of the New Testament–the first “good news” that we hear about Jesus. It’s a list of names, but embedded in that list of names is a lot of history, theology, and hope. As we meet for worship on New Year’s Eve, we are at the beginning of something new too–and Matthew’s genealogy of hope might be just the thing to send us on our way into a new year.