Advent & Christmas @ Emmanuel

Advent 2020 Theme: Those Who Dream

Image Credit: A Sanctified Art

What does it look like to live as those who dream? The prophets, the psalmists, John the Baptist, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the shepherds and the Magi—they were all dreamers. They received, discovered, and responded to God’s dreams for the world. In Advent, we step into the mystery and awe of God’s dreams and pray they shape our reality. This theme is for the dreamers in all of us—those who dream of a deeper connection with God and those who dream of a better world. It’s for those who dream of comfort and for those who have given up on their dreams. It’s for those whose dreams have been crushed and for those who show us that dreams take time. (Worship resources courtesy A Sanctified Art)

Seasonal Activity Schedule:

Sunday Morning Advent Worship Services

Sundays Nov. 29 – Dec. 20
Join us for our Advent sermon series “Those Who Dream” each of the four Sundays in Advent. Services are live-streamed each Sunday at 9am on our YouTube channel.

Advent-at-Home Materials

These materials were included in the Advent-at-Home bags that were delivered before December 6th. If you didn’t get one (or need another) you can find extra copies here:

Zoom Devotional Studies

From the “Those Who Dream” Devotional Booklet:
“This devotional is for the dreamers in all of us–those who dream of a deeper connection with God and those who dream of a better world. It’s for those who dream of comfort and for those who have given up on their dreams. It’s for those whose dreams have been crushed and for those who show us that dreams take time. So as you walk through these prompts and readings day by day, you may dream alongside profits and angels, Mary and the magi. Together may we seek and sow God’s dreams for our world.”

Need a “Those Who Dream” devotional booklet? Stop by the church office and pick one up from gray drop box by the office door on the carport!

Tuesday Zooms w/ Rev. Kim
7:00pm – 8:00pm on Tuesdays Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22

Come join us as we dive into the devotional study that accompanies our sermon series.  We will reflect together, in caring community, on the scripture readings, poems and questions in the booklet, focusing on the themes of hope, peace, joy and love in our lives and world.

Join ZOOM meeting by clicking HERE.
Meeting ID: 819-541-776

Wednesday Zooms w/ Rev. Leo
3:30pm – 4:30pm on Wednesdays Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23

Take your Advent experience to the next level and join us on ZOOM for a devotional study. The study group is based on Emmanuel’s “Those Who Dream” sermon series. Bring your hot beverage, sing an Advent hymn, and join a devotional conversation. This will be in English and sign language.

Join ZOOM meeting by clicking HERE.
Meeting ID: 835 8549 2362
Or call in @ 301-715-8592

Signing for the Holidays w/ Rev. Leo

Sat. 12/19 @ 10am on Zoom
Click here to join: Launch Meeting – Zoom
Contact Rev. Leo @ revyates@eumclaurel.org with questions.
Come and learn holiday signs and a Christmas hymn!

Longest Night Service

Monday, Dec. 21 @ 7:00pm on YouTube
The year 2020 has brought so many challenges.  It seems especially appropriate for us to participate in a tradition within Western Christianity of inviting people to come together for the Longest Night—a night around the time of the winter solstice, when there are more hours of darkness than light. You are invited to come together with Rev. Kim to participate virtually in this service on Monday evening, December 21 at 7:00pm. Watch and participate in a time of music, provided and led by guest vocalist Resa Gibbs, readings, lament and prayers.  Please have a marker and pieces of material or paper on hand.

The service will go live on our YouTube channel at 7pm and then you are invited to join us afterward on zoom for a time of discussion and connection with others.

Click HERE to join the Zoom after the service concludes.

Children’s Christmas Eve Service

On Tuesday, December 22nd @ 6pm we will have a special pre-recorded Christmas service available for children and their families. It will be made available on our YouTube channel for you and your family to watch at a time convenient for you. Interested in having your child participate in the virtual children’s choir or in another part of the service? Email Donna Meoli at eumcyouth@eumclaurel.org.

*CANCELLED* – Wed. Dec. 23rd – Outdoor Christmas Eve Vesper Service @ Emmanuel – 6:00pm

*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED* – *UPDATED 12/22/20 @ 6:00PM*

Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Howard County and throughout the nation, out of an abundance of caution and with much thought, Emmanuel staff has decided to cancel the Outdoor Christmas Eve Vesper Service that was scheduled for this week. Although we were looking forward to the event and hoped to see many of you, we want always to do what is safest for everyone. We have come to the conclusion that the safest path is to stay home. We encourage all of you to enjoy your close family within your own household this week for Christmas, and also next week for the celebration of the New Year. Please do stay home, wear your mask, wash your hands, and join us virtually for our Christmas Eve services on Thursday, December 24th at 1pm and 9pm on Emmanuel’s YouTube channel. Let’s work together to stop the further spread of this virus. God bless you and yours, and we wish you a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve Services – Lessons & Carols – 1pm & 9pm

Join us for a lovely service of Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve at 1 and 9pm. We will hear the much-loved story of God’s dream for us through scripture, sing beloved Christmas carols, and view seasonal art. On this sacred day we will celebrate together the story of God being born on this Earth, ministering to the poor and brokenhearted. Jesus who died speaking out about God’s dream for justice, whose death was not the end of the story but a reimagined beginning for all those who give their lives to repairing God’s world. Let us recall the original blessing imparted to us, that we are created in the image of God, and we are declared good. Let us ponder God’s promise to be with us, no matter what unfolds. Let the much-loved words and songs of this season fill us body and soul, giving us hope and helping us respond to that great plea that permeates this season: for peace, peace on earth, peace on earth and good will to all.

Join us on our YouTube channel at 1pm & 9pm on Christmas Eve for a special Lessons & Carols service.

Christmas Day @ 11am on Zoom

It’s hot chocolate w/ Rev. Leo & Rev. Giovanni! Join for a warm Christmas check-in with trivia, hymns, and a brief message.
Click HERE to join via Zoom.