FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST – OUR OPEN AND AFFIRMING GREAT FALLS CHURCH WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

 “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS EVENTS

2nd Sunday of Advent, December 8th– Children’s Christmas Pageant, 9:30 A.M.

3rd Sunday of Advent, December 15th– Choir Cantata, Joint Worship, 10:00 A.M.

4th Sunday of Advent, December 22nd– Regular Worship at 9:30 A.M.

Christmas Eve

6:00 P.M. Joint Worship with Christ United Methodist leadership

10:00 P.M.  Joint Worship with First Congregational UCC leadership

1st Sunday after Christmas, December 29th– Joint Worship, 10:00 A.M.

FROM THE PASTOR

Wait for it…

It seems to get harder every year to wait for Christmas. So much in our lives moves us quickly to Bethlehem and the manger and, before you know it, we’re putting away the decorations and ramping up for the next thing. So the church calls us into a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Immanuel – God with us. 

Advent calls to us from the depths of tradition to find time in all the preparation and hustle to wait and reflect. To pause in wonder. To listen for the whisper of angels. To give quiet homage with the shepherds. To bring our whole selves whether we come from afar or nearby. To let the coming of God seep into our souls, slowly gestate, and come to birth when the time is right.

Whether your preparation and waiting is about silent nights in reflection or the exuberance of decking the halls (or a combination), I hope this Advent season is one in which your soul is blessed with all the hope, peace, joy, and love of the gift that is eventually realized at Christmas.

Breathe. Look. Wonder. Wait. And receive the gift of Advent even as you prepare for the gift of Christmas.

Have a blessed week. See you on Sunday.  Rev. Lynne