No matter where you are in Life’s journey, you are welcomed here – Zion UCC

 

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:9-14)“

 

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder 

 

December 7

Prayer for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

John Wilkens reports that two days after the attack “the wreckage of the Pacific Fleet still smoking, Fremont “Cap” Sawade sat at a desk at Hickam Field and started writing a poem. He’d never written one before. He hasn’t written one since. But over the next week, this one flowed out of him. ‘The poem was just a heartfelt thing,’ Sawade said. ‘It was a very emotional time when I wrote it.'” We share Sawade’s poem here as a testament to the pain and horror experienced by service members and their families that day, and in witness to the scars of vengeance, racism and hate the attack left in its wake. We hope you will  read John Wilkens complete story about Fremont Sawade and his poem.

Prince of Peace, we lift up the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor and their families. Grant them your eternal peace and earthly comfort. It seems as though we still have not learned the lesson of that horror: no good can come from war even when it seems our only option. Lead us into peace, even as you lead the other nations of the world into peace. Grant us courage in the struggle for justice and peace, and the joy of seeing a day wherein there is no more war. Amen

 

 

December 9

Worship Service 10:30 am

 

 

December 16

Worship Service 10:30 am

 

 

December 23

Worship Service 10:30 am

 

 

December 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7:00 pm

We will be having the traditional candlelight service along with

celebrating the 200th anniversary of one of our favorite Christmas hymn Silent Night.


First performance – Oberndorf, 1818   Silent Night

“It was the 24th of December of the year 1818, when the then assistant priest Joseph Mohr at the newly established parish of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf handed over to the organist represented by Franz Gruber (who at the time was also school teacher in Arnsdorf) a poem, with the request to write a fitting melody for 2 solo voices together with choir and for accompaniment by guitar.” These are the words of Franz Xaver Gruber which he wrote on December 30, 1854 in his “Authentic Account of the Origin of the Christmas Carol, ‘Silent Night, Holy Night!'” Later the same day, on the 24th of December, Gruber came to the musically talented Mohr and handed over to him his composition. As Mohr liked what he saw, this song was included in the Christmas mass that evening. Mohr sang the tenor part and provided accompaniment with guitar, while Gruber sang bass. According to Gruber, the song was met with “general approval by all” in attendance (mostly shipping laborers, boat builders and their families).

In Gruber’s “Authentic Account,” there is no mention of the specific inspiration for creating the song. One supposition is that the church organ was no longer working, so that Mohr and Gruber therefore created a song for accompaniment by guitar. Surrounding this premiere performance of “Silent Night!” many romantic stories and legends have been written adding their own anecdotal details to the known facts.

 

 

December 25

Merry Christmas

 

 

Zion’s gym is available for fall rental.

Perfect for basketball practice. 

See building rental tab at top of page. 

 

 

Quilting group meets every Thursday from 9:00 to 2:00.  All help is welcomed, you do not need to know how to sew.  There are many jobs that do not require sewing.