The church office is open 8am to Noon, Monday to Thursday.
The Christian year, sometimes called the church year or the liturgical year, is a centuries-old way that many Christians have ordered the 365-day year. It depends, not on the positions of the sun and moon, nor on the start and end of school, nor on the requirements of the IRS, but rather on key aspects of the life of Christ that are coordinated with the solar calendar. The major holidays (literally, holy days) in the church year are Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Pentecost. Other special days or seasons represented in the calendar are Advent, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, etc. At Green Hill the changing of the seasons is represented visually by the changing of the colors of the paraments on the pulpit and Communion table.
Mr. John Fergus
Sermon Title: He’s Not With You?
Service begins at 11:00am * All are Welcome!
PRAYER LIST NAMES
Please note that on the first Sunday in January, the church office will start off the New Year with a new prayer list. We are going to remove everyone and start fresh. If you know of someone who should remain on the list, or of someone who needs to be added to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, JANUARY 6, 2019
A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 6, immediately following the morning worship service. The purpose of the meeting is to elect two new Trustees and two new Elders. The Annual Nominating Committee will present its recommendations to the congregation. All members are asked to attend.
JANUARY GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS
Don’t forget to pick up your printed copy of the Green Hill Good News in the Fellowship Hall. Save the office the cost of a stamp! If you would prefer to not get a printed copy of the newsletter (to just get your newsletter by email) please let the church office know, and make sure we have your correct email address. Thank you.
Since at least the fourth century in Rome, Christians have celebrated the incarnation and nativity of Jesus Christ on December 25. There is more than one theory about the origin of this festival day. Some have suggested that it was established to replace the Roman feast of Natalis Solis Invicti (the “birthday of the unconquered sun”). Others believe that Jesus was conceived on March 25 (coinciding with the date of his crucifixion, as recorded by some witnesses in the early church); December 25 is exactly nine months later.
Regardless, the time between December 25 and January 6 (Epiphany) has become an occasion for the church to celebrate and give thanks for the arrival of God’s Word made flesh — the light of God that has come into the world, the light that even death could not extinguish.
We remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, which was foretold by the prophets, happened in Bethlehem, was revealed to the shepherds, and proclaimed by the angels.
All month long we have been waiting and preparing. On this night we celebrate!