Sermon and Holiday Services Information
Advent Series: "Journey Toward Mental Wellness."
Dec 4th: “Journey Toward Mental Wellness: Journeying Together in Solidarity.” Psalm 126
Pastor Ross will continue our Advent series with “Journey to Mental Wellness: Journeying Together in Solidarity.” Scripture will be Psalm 126:1-6. This week, we encounter a different kind of psalm on our Advent journey toward mental wellness. Whereas our text last week was a psalm of lament, today’s reading is a psalm of ascent. But don’t worry — there are still plenty of hard emotions and difficult circumstances for us to unpack! Psalm 126 is part of a collection of psalms encompassing Psalm 120-134 that each include the heading “psalm of ascent.” While scholars identified the structure of the psalm of lament centuries later, the original author or compiler of the book of Psalms lets us know that this collection served a particular function related to “ascent.” Scholars have come up with various possible functions for these psalms. Some think that they were sung by worshippers as they ascended the hill to enter the Temple in Jerusalem. Others think they were traveling songs sung by pilgrims who were journeying to Jerusalem to worship at the Temple. Thus, Psalm 126 serves as a fitting traveling companion on our Advent journey.
Dec 11th: “Journey Toward Mental Wellness: Journeying Together Toward Hope.” Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11.
This week during our Advent journey toward mental wellness, we shift away from Psalms to explore a prophetic text. Like our other readings in this series, Isaiah 61 references Israel’s experience of exile, specifically the Babylonian exile that was also referenced last week in Psalm 126. This text also carries a special significance for Advent because of Jesus’ reading of this text in Luke 4 that, in essence, announced his mission of salvation to his hometown. So, as we sit with this text, we hear not only the prophet’s divine call to enact God’s salvation in the neighborhood but also Jesus’ mission announced in his own neighborhood centuries later, as well as the mission we are called to enact today as Jesus’ followers. At the same time, Isaiah 61 presents us with a profound perspective on the impact our relationships with one another have for our individual and communal mental wellness. So, as we’ve learned to honor our own emotions and compassionately listen to the emotions and stories of others, today we explore how the community we seek to build can enact hope together so that every person can live into mental wellness.
Dec 18th: “Almost there but not yet” Matthew 1:18-25
This is odd, isn’t it? The last Sunday of Advent, yet there is a whole week until Christmas. May this extra time allow us a little breathing space to listen to Isaiah and to Matthew before we rush off to the exuberance and extravagance of Christmas. How do we refuse to participate in what God continues to do among us or around us? How are we missing the signs that God is at work even today? Matthew will help us claim and name the Christ who is born among us. We may have a bumper sticker declaring that “Jesus is the reason for the season,” but how are we bringing that to life? How are we acting like Jesus, like we believe that Jesus is indeed the reason? A neighborhood invitation to join you for Christmas Eve services is a start, but what else can you do to name the Christ who sends you, who transforms you, who makes you into the disciples that you are? Join Pastor Ross this week as we focus on the story of Joseph, and how we are almost there, but not quite there just yet!
Wednesday, Dec. 21: “Longest Night” Service at 7 p.m. at Ives Chapel in Baldwin City:
Join Revs. Amanda & Ross Baker for this service of liturgy, song, and candlelight. This service seeks to provide an opportunity to gather with others who may also be in mourning or grief during this Advent Season. On this Longest Night we gather as brothers and sisters in Christ to
acknowledge our grief while holding on to the hope and light offered by Christ.
Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): Multiple Worship Opportunities (Livestreaming will be available).
- 5:30 p.m. worship (5 p.m. pre-worship music) at Eudora UMC: Come early at 5 p.m. for a special celebration of the season with special music prior to our 5:30 p.m. worship service. Stay for our family-friendly service with music, a special telling of the Christmas story with the help of children and youth, Holy Communion, and “Silent Night” by candlelight.
- 7:30 p.m. worship (joint service between Edgerton and Ives Chapel) at Edgerton UMC: Join Revs. Ross & Amanda Baker for a service full of music, the Christmas story, a short message, Holy Communion, and “Silent Night” by candlelight.
- 11 p.m. worship at Baldwin 1st: You are invited to join Revs. Amanda & Ross Baker for a special night full of music, the Christmas story, a short meditation, Holy Communion, and singing “Silent Night” by candlelight as the midnight bells ring. (Casual attire is acceptable for this service. “Come as you are!”)
- Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day): Joint Eudora & Edgerton worship service at Eudora UMC at 10 a.m. Eudora and Edgerton faith communities are invited to come together at Eudora UMC as we celebrate in Christmas morning. Wear your PJ’s and join Pastor Ross for this fun-filled casual service as we “unwrap” the JOY to be found on Christmas morning: Music, story, and fun.
- Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 (New Year’s Day): Joint Edgerton & Eudora worship service at Edgerton UMC at 10 a.m.:
Eudora United Methodist Church is a growing congregation with a wonderful mix of newer attending younger singles/families and older adults that have been part of the church’s rich history. We’re a mission and service-oriented church that is constantly striving to grow in understanding God’s love for us and in our response of sharing that love with others. We experience and share the presence of God’s spirit in an intentionally blended music worship on Sunday mornings and in a variety of Spiritual Formation opportunities for all ages. Various Fellowship Groups also bring the congregation together for fun activities that meet through the year.
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