Advent season is a powerful season of waiting in the darkest time of the year for the light to break forth into the darkness. Oh, and this year we have seen many moments of darkness and we still continue to live in a time that makes us weary and has us cry out for God's light to break forth into the darkness of the world. This Sunday we will celebrate the final Sunday of Advent. It is the Sunday where we lift up peace. We need more than ever God's peace that passes all human understanding to be upon us. We take a final Sunday time of worship to prepare our souls to receive the Christ child once again. Christmas is more powerful when we prepare our souls to be able to more fully receive the light of hope, love, joy, and peace that Christ came to offer to us all. So let us worship and invite others to worship with us at 9am this Sunday.
The bulletin for this Sunday is attached for you to print off or view electronically. We are still providing in-person worship but it is downstairs in Fellowship Hall. We have a huge television that can be seen and heard anywhere in the room and an altar set up down there to add to the space. This is for those that do not have a good way to watch from home or that just need to get out and be with people. No questions are asked and it is alright for you to come even if you have good internet. Masks are required and 6ft distance for all people not coming from the same household is required. We are trying to be as safe as possible but know sometimes you just need to be in God's house and this option is provided for anyone who needs it. And now onto all the other options available to join in worship.
We will start the Facebook Livestream at @8:50am and you will see announcements scroll and hear music playing. This is the best option if you want to interact with others online. Feel free to chat to each other before and during the service. You can put prayer requests in the chat. This is great way to be able to interact with others if you watch it live with others in your church family who are staying home but want to worship as part of an online community.
You can catch this livestream on our Toms Creek UMC channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6E7eCwH2ZGYspkSCF0CGw/featured. We will start the YouTube Livestream at 8:50 am and you will see announcements scroll and hear music playing. This format is best if you are watching on a television or large screen with lots of people gathered around. You can have it fill the whole screen and just watch it without any distractions. There is a way to chat on YouTube but it normally has a lot less people and is normally a lot less chatty than the our Facebook livestream. If you subscribe to our channel it will let you know when we go live in future weeks.
You can go to our website here https://www.tomscreekumc.com/service-videosand by Monday morning there should be shortened version of our service that will contain the Scripture, the Middle Hymn, the Sermon, and through the end of the service. Sometimes the whole service is there instead of the shortened version depending on an technical issues we might have had.
You can also use a phone to listen to our service by calling 857-799-9465 from any phone starting at 8:50 am. This will only have sound coming through and you will not be able to see anything that is occurring. If you would like we can we make a DVD of the service for you to watch just let the church office know.
you can go to our website and hit the donate button on our webpage
you can mail your offering to:
Tom's Creek United Methodist Church
10926 Simmons Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
It is not too late to prepare your hearts and souls. It is never too late to prepare until Christ returns again. So this is a call for us to prepare to truly receive the Christ child. One of the greatest gifts you can receive is to feel the peace that only God can give to you when you fully accept the Christ as your Lord and Savior. Let that light shine upon you this day.