The first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, marked the beginning of the liturgical (worship) year. It also marked the beginning of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church’s sesquicentennial (150th) year. In order to honor both transitions, we chose an Advent theme rooted in this particular season and corresponding to our anniversary. “Tell of Peace” comes from the Advent hymn “Comfort, Comfort You My People” that was translated into its current form and set to music in 1863, close to our founding year. It is the prayer of the Worship Council and staff that the various contributions to “Tell of Peace” will assist our members and friends in knowing God’s peace in Advent. Worship through the season will be the starting place for telling of peace. We will begin each service with 5 minutes of contemplation and reflection, accompanied by music.
December 21st is a special Sunday in Advent. Our adult choir, with guest instrumentalists, will present The Christmas Story at 5 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The candlelit, decorated sanctuary will resound with the glorious sounds of voices, brass, woodwinds, harp, and two organs in a program that includes a variety of seasonal music, including familiar carols for the audience to join in singing. At 7 p.m. we will conduct a Longest Night Service. This service of remembrance, held on the longest night of the year, is designed for people who sing “Joy to the World” with more melancholic tones, as they remember a deceased loved one. It is a reminder that they and their loved one are remembered and that the light of love still shines in the darkness.
“Countless Gifts of Love,” our 2015 annual stewardship season, began last month. You should have received a pledge card in the mail or you can pledge online by clicking here. Remember, 60% of our income comes from member pledges. We cannot do our ministry without you!
Children are always welcome in worship at GPMC. Free childcare for infants and toddlers is available every Sunday morning during worship and Sunday school. Young Children and Worship, a special program for children ages 3 through 2nd grade, is offered on Sundays at the earliest service. A children’s sermon is offered at both services.