Trinitarian Congregational Church

Advent and Christmas 2020

Here are the events and services coming up for Advent and the month of December 2020:

Saturday, 11/21 Advent Wreath Pick-Up begins Outside Back Door
Saturday, 11/28 Advent Wreath Decoration ZOOM Party 10AM
Sunday, 11/29 1st Sunday in Advent 9:30 (Livestream ONLY)
11:00a (Outdoors)
Sunday, 11/29 27-Day Advent Devotional begins Email Blast
Sunday, 12/6 2nd Sunday in Advent: 9:30 (Livestream ONLY)
11:00a (Outdoors)
Sunday, 12/13 3rd Sunday in Advent: Communion 9:30 (Livestream ONLY)
11:00a (Outdoors)
Sunday, 12/20 4th Sunday in Advent 9:30 (Livestream ONLY)
11:00a (Outdoors)
Thursday, 12/24 Christmas Eve Family/Candlelight Service 3p-4p (Livestream Outdoors. Registration Required)
Sunday, 12/27 1st Sunday after Christmas 9:30a (Livestream)

Advent Wreath Distribution
There is a wreath available for every family in the TCC community, whether a member, regular attendee or visitor. These Advent Wreaths may be used on Sundays, as we gather together in worship and light our TCC candles, or as a family as you sit down to do your devotionals.

Wreaths will be ready for pick up on the following days and times:
Saturday, November 21st from 1-3pm
During services on Sunday, November 22nd
Tuesday, November 24th, from 6-8pm

If you, for whatever reason, cannot come to pick-up the wreath, we will arrange a ‘Deacon delivery.’

Daily Advent Devotional
Look for these emails, sent daily, beginning Sunday, November 29th! We encourage you to gather together as a family (or with a prayer partner) to read these devotional, dwell in the Lord’s Word and reflect on the questions.
If you would like a Prayer Partner to share in these devotionals during this holiday season, we can connect you with someone. If you need a prayer partner, please contact Jen.

Angel Tree
UPDATE: So far only four children have been chosen for gifts. It’s important to note that even though we can’t physically pick an Angel off the tree and shop for a gift this year, the Angel Tree Program will mail gift cards for all sponsored children and they will still receive the word of Christ and the opportunity to receive a Bible.

For decades, TCC has supported the Angel Tree Organization. Children in our community are again counting on us to make Angel Tree possible this year — virtually, in light of Covid-19! Please help connect children with their incarcerated parents to show them the love of Christ? Here is the link to get started: https://tinyurl.com/TCCAngelTree. Our access code is: 94H1J.
After entering the code, you will see virtual tags with the names of children assigned to TCC. Just browse through the tags, select the child(ren) you would like to sponsor, click checkout, and fill in your payment information. If you have any questions or would like more details, please feel free to email Debbie Coughlin at dkcoughlin@gmail.com. Tax-deductible, and a very special way to give this Christmas season. Thank you!

We hope you join us and invite friends, neighbors, and family to these services!

Glenn H. Sacra Funeral Video Via YouTube

Thank you to the Sacra family for making Glenn’s funeral service available via YouTube. Please feel free to watch it here.

Worship Service Changes Through December 24, 2020!

OUTDOOR SERVICE REGISTRATION

Register For December 6 OUTDOORS

Register For December 13 OUTDOORS Register For December 20 OUTDOORS

Registration is required to attend

Dear Church,

After much discussion the TCC Pastoral Staff has decided to continue canceling the INDOOR 9:30A Sanctuary Service Gathering on December 6th, 13th, and 20th due to COVID upticks. We will continue to live-stream, however, during the 9:30am service.

We continue to extend our non-live-streamed OUTDOOR 11:00A worship service until December 20th

Children’s and Youth Ministry will be held at the OUTDOOR 11:00A worship service ONLY.

TCC has designated 5 parking spots near Bradford Hall for those who are interested in attending the outdoor service, but would like to attend in the safety of their vehicle. This is a ‘first-come; first-service basis., and is available as a request option in the registration form.

The Christmas Eve Service will be LIVE-STREAMED OUTDOOR ONLY and will be held on December 24th, 3-4pm.

Beginning Sunday, December 27th, we will have an IN-DOOR, LIVE-STREAM ONLY service.

TCC FALL 2020 Outreach

Kid’s Coat Drive

TCC is also supporting a local kid’s coat drive. If you are able, please donate new or gently used kids’ coats. Place them in the boot/coat containers outside the TCC backdoor. Thank You!

Prayer Requests

We ask for your continued prayer for guidance and discernment as we prepare for Thanksgiving and Advent. We also ask for prayer for this upcoming year’s budget and Annual Report. Jesus is the CEO / CFO / COO of TCC, and we are eager to hear from him and what he wants for this church and each individual member. That happens only through continued prayer and petition.

We continue to follow COVID trends, and are watching the Wayland / Sudbury areas closely. Please bring your personal chairs, blankets and wear your masks.  Please adhere to the social distancing guidelines the church has put in place. We want everyone who attends these outdoor services to feel as safe as possible.

To read more about regulations and rationale you can click here

 

COVID-19 Updates

Update for Fall 2020: Outdoor Worship and Livestream Service at 10:30a

Praying for the World

The first thing we want to do as people of faith is to pray for the world and the needs of our community. If you have prayer concerns please send them to office@tccwayland.org. A link to a regularly updated prayer list will be emailed out to our Email Newsletter mailing list. (Signup here)

Deacon Prayer Time | Wednesday Nights | 8:30pm
Pre-Worship Prayer| Sunday Mornings | 8:45am

Need Help?

If you know someone who needs help, or if you yourself need help, please reach out to the office at 508-358-7717 or office@tccwayland.org.

Deacon’s Fund

For those experiencing financial hardship during this pandemic it is our joy to invite you to apply for support via the Deacon’s Fund. This fund is not only used to serve real needs in the community directly, but it’s a resource that members of our TCC community could utilize to help meet the needs of neighbors and others in Metrowest.

Deacons Fund Application

Please fill out this form and email it to office@tccwayland.org

Food Pantry

Food pantry is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9A-12P.

Season of Giving Shoebox Project

This Christmas season TCC is supporting the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF) to empower and encourage the families they serve. The ECAF’s mission is to provide resources, early literacy and school readiness programs to young families in the Framingham area. Many of their families are young parents or recent immigrants but they are all hard working parents juggling the massive challenges of this year.  Remember, most children in Framingham have been doing remote school since March and families are stretched thin.  Our goal is to buoy their spirits and provide engaging activities to children who are lacking stimulation due to isolation.

Contact Becky Chen to sign up or at the outdoor project table this Sunday, Dec. 6th to sponsor a local family. There are TWO box options described below. Turn in your boxes to TCC on Tuesdays 9A-Noon, Thursdays 4-5:30P, or Sundays, 11A-Noon. They are due by Sunday, December 20th! 

OPTION 1

Sponsor an ECAF family!  Pack a box of goodies suitable for the specific ages/genders/needs of the family. (about $10-$20 per family member).

Each box should include:

  • A winter/holiday (not Christmas) card expressing care for the family  We do not have names of the families for confidentiality reasons but you can address the card “From our family to yours”.
  • A specific gift for each member of the family. A family bio will be emailed to you (also, family bio stickers available at the project table) and will provide ideas specific to each family.
  • Please consider giving books (make note of the family’s language preference), games, and toys that encourage cooperative play between siblings and parent/child.
  • Gifts for parents/caregivers could include: cozy blankets, winter hats/gloves/scarves, tea/mug, candles, pretty dish towels, etc.

OPTION 2

Arts supplies/interactive play box for children to use over the holiday break and within their parent/child virtual program.  Please pack your box with materials which could be used for creative play, education, and/or family togetherness. (about $25).  Option 2 Video

Suggestions (please include at least 5 of the following):

  • Children’s scissors/paper
  • Coloring books (not Christmas themed)
  • Markers/crayons/colored pencils (non toxic)
  • Watercolor paints/brushes
  • Play-Doh and cookie cutters (non toxic)
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue sticks (non toxic)
  • Pom poms, pipe cleaners, stamps/stamp pads
  • Simple family games using numbers, shapes, alphabet, matching
  • Optional:  pack in a reusable box with a lid.

Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – First Sunday of Advent (November 29, 2020)

Prelude


Opening Hymn

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Verse 1
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Verse 2
Joy to those who long to see thee,
Dayspring from on high, appear
Come, thou promised Rod of Jesse,
of thy birth we long to hear!
O’er the hills the angels singing
news, glad tidings of a birth
“Go to him, your praises bringing:
Christ the Lord has come to earth.”

Verse 3
Come, to earth to taste our sadness,
he whose glories knew no end;
By his life he brings us gladness,
our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number,
born within a cattle stall;
This the everlasting wonder,
Christ was born the Lord of all.

Verse 4
Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.


Advent Wreath Lighting
Calverley Family

Based on Psalm 130 and Romans 15

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
All: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let us Pray:
Faithful God, out of war’s chaos, you bring the order of peace.
Renew us in hope, that we may work toward Christ’s advent of peace
among all nations. God of promise, God of hope, into our darkness
come. Amen.


Praise

Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery

Verse 1
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

Verse 2
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living in His suff’ring
Never trace nor stain of sin
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law in Him we stand

Verse 3
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured love untold

Verse 4
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord He is alive
What a foretaste of deliv’rance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes


Here I Am To Worship

Verse 1
Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes let me see
Beauty that made
This heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

Chorus 1
So here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
And You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

Verse 2
King of all days
Oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came
To the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor

Bridge
And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross


Greeting
Children’s/Youth Ministry Dismissal (11a only)


Announcements

  • Faith/Promise Cards are due December 6, 2020
  • Advent Devotional 2020 begins on November 29th.  Click HERE for more information.

Praise

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Verse 1
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Verse 2
O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight

Refrain
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Verse 3
O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

Refrain

Verse 4
O come, Desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid thou our sad divisions cease,
and be thyself our King of Peace

Refrain
Refrain


Scripture Reading
Brandon Unruh

Matthew 1:1-11, 17


Sermon – The Return of the King: Ancestry.com
Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Petter


Congregational Prayer
Brandon Unruh


Praise

Resurrecting

Verse 1
The head that once was crowned with thorns
Is crowned with glory now
The Savior knelt to wash our feet
Now at his feet we bow

Verse 2
The one who wore our sin and shame
Now robed in majesty
The radiance of perfect love
Now shines for all to see

Chorus 1
Your name
Your name
Is victory
All praise
Will rise
To Christ our king

Verse 3
The fear that held us now gives way
To him who is our peace
His final breath upon the cross
Is now alive in me

Bridge
By your spirit I will rise
From the ashes of defeat
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me
In your name I come alive
To declare your victory
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me

Verse 4
The tomb where soldiers watched in vain
Was borrowed for three days
His body there would not remain
Our God has robbed the grave
Our God has robbed the grave


Benediction
Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Petter


Band this Morning:

  • Worship Leader and Acoustic Guitar – Gabe McHugh
  • Bass Guitar  – Dylan Radar
  • Electric Guitar – John Marciniec
  • Piano and Vocals – Ben Morse
  • Vocals – Annie Long and Emily Pomphrett
  • Drums – Carl Puglisi

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Pastor’s Note: Flunking then passing the exam

Reality Check

The last letter on Jesus’ list in Revelation is Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22).  The evaluation is brutal and goes something like this: ‘when I think of your job performance, it makes me want to throw up (the Greek root for emetic).’  But it all goes upward from there, which is always the intent of Jesus: correction with the goal of redemption (“those whom I love I reprove and discipline.”)  If the Laodiceans get their act together (“be zealous and repent”), the reward is nothing short of spectacular: reigning with God the Son and God the Father on a heavenly throne (see the scene of chapter 4 and chapter 5 to get an idea of what that means).

So what’s so wrong with them? They are truly like the worst pupil in the class.  The Laodiceans are indolent in all things spiritual.  The text says three times they are neither cold nor hot.  At first we might read this statement to mean that to be “cold” is bad and to be “hot” is good.  However, both properties relate to the water sources well known in the area.  6 miles north of Laodicea are the hot springs of Hierapolis (modern day Pamukkale).  10 miles east is Colossae (the site of Paul’s letter), well known for its good, cold and refreshing waters.  But flowing through Laodicea is the Lycus river, described by a commentator as ‘turbid’* and not very good for consumption (nobody likes “lukewarm” water).  So the irony from Jesus is hard to miss: Laodicean Christians, you are just like your waters: not much use for anything. They have sadly abandoned the fountains of living waters (Jeremiah 2:13; see John 4:14) and now produce the “bitter waters” so well known in biblical history (Exodus 15:23-24).

The situation worsens when Jesus exposes their complete lack of self-awareness. They are convinced of their good standing when they say: “I am rich, I have prospered, I need nothing.” Jesus brings in the reality check: they are in fact “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”  This distorted sense of self-sufficiency and self-satisfaction probably stems from the fact that the city of Laodicea was a wealthy banking and manufacturing hub (textiles). So in a real material sense, it’s true that they weren’t in need (like the church in Smyrna by contrast).  But when it comes to what really matters for a disciple of Jesus, bearing fruit, their investment return was anemic.

Sound investment advice

So Jesus gives a bit of unsolicited financial advising: invest in precious metals, especially refined gold (Revelation 3:18).  Here we can’t help but draw the image from Proverbs and Psalm that speak of wisdom and the Word of God as far more valuable than any possession on earth, including “gold” (Psalm 119:72; Proverbs 3:13-15).  We also remember Jesus’ exhortation to invest in the treasures of heaven.  Note the source of this spiritual wealth: Jesus Himself (“from me” Revelation 3:18; Isaiah 55:1-2).  Also stemming directly from Jesus are “white garments” (symbolic for righteousness, Revelation 6:11; Isaiah 61:10).  Finally, the healing balm of Jesus to open their blind eyes completes the picture of irony: Laodicea was also the site of a medical school.  So Jesus doesn’t leave them in their state of complete destitution, self-deception and shame, but He is inviting them back to Him.  He is the One clothing them with His righteousness to cover the shame of their spiritual nakedness. He is the One who provides for all their spiritual needs.

The image that comes next (Revelation 3:20) speaks so much of God’s heart to reach out to even the worst spiritual under performers: If their works makes Jesus nauseous, like polluted water, He is not deterred from wanting to have a fellowship meal with them. He is waiting outside their house to come in for a good celebration meal.  The key to this return to fellowship with Jesus is their repentance.  If they (and we) do so, we can also look forward to a seat at the table with the King of kings, seated on a throne, no less (Revelation 3:21).

Reflections

First, all of us need to consider our own propensity to create a distorted view of ourselves.  Jesus comes to us here and says, are you as fruitful and effective as you think you are?  Just because we may have all we need in a material sense doesn’t mean we aren’t spiritually exposed and bare before Him. Wealth creation and productivity is not really what Jesus condemns here (see 1 Timothy 6:17-19 and Proverbs 3:9-10), but rather the idea that physical well being inevitably equates spiritual prosperity (Hoseah 12:8 is almost a verbatim quote).  It seems we can easily fall for the same kind of trap.

Second, we might feel like the worst student in the class when it comes to spiritual awareness.  But we take heart, because Jesus loves to fellowship with all kinds of spiritual under achievers and doubters.  All we need to do is ask Him to come in and He will draw near us and restore us.

Third, a text that seems to bring all the themes of the letter to Laodicea is Proverbs 3:7-17.  Perhaps take the time during this week in family devotions to ponder over these truths and how to apply them in your own context.

 

*Colin Hemer

Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – Christ the King Sunday (November 22, 2020)

Prelude


Opening Hymn

Come Thou Almighty King

Verse 1
Come Thou Almighty King
Help us Thy name to sing
Help us to praise
Father all glorious
O’er all victorious
Come and reign over us
Ancient of Days

Verse 2
Come Thou Incarnate Word
Gird on Thy mighty sword
Our prayer attend
Come and Thy people bless
And give Thy Word success
Spirit of holiness
On us descend

Verse 3
Come Holy Comforter
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour
Thou who almighty art
Now rule in ev’ry heart
And ne’er from us depart
Spirit of pow’r

Verse 4
To Thee great One in Three
Eternal praises be
Hence evermore
Thy sov’reign majesty
May we in glory see
And to eternity
Love and adore


Call to Worship

– from Psalm 97

The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all peoples see his glory.

Light shines on the righteous
and joy on the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name.


Praise

Praise The Lord (Psalm 117)

Chorus
Praise the Lord all you nations
extol him all you peoples,
for great is his love for us
Praise the Lord he is faithful
His love endures forever
and great is his love for us.

Verse 1
Sing a song of praise to God enthroned on high,
Bow before the King of the angels,
His mercy and His love, his justice will be known,
lift a song of praise to the Lord!

Verse 2
Boldly shout his praise for he has rescued us,
Sin and death no more can enslave us.
His beauty and his pow’r, displayed at Calvary,
lift a song of praise to the Lord!


Praise

Lead On O King Eternal

Verse 1
Lead on O King Eternal
The day of march has come
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home
Thro’ days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong
And now O King eternal
We lift our battle song

Verse 2
Lead on O King Eternal
Till sin’s fierce war shall cease
And holiness shall whisper
The sweet Amen of peace
For not with swords loud clashing
Nor roll of stirring drums
With deeds of love and mercy
The heav’nly kingdom comes

Verse 3
Lead on O King Eternal
We follow not with fears
For gladness breaks like morning
Where’er Thy face appears
Thy cross is lifted o’er us
We journey in its light
The crown awaits the conquest
Lead on O God of might


Greeting
Children’s/Youth Ministry Dismissal (11a only)


Announcements

  • TCC has moved to a two-service platform as of today, November 22nd. We will have an inside sanctuary service, live-streamed at 9:30am, and an outdoor service, non-live-streamed, at 11am. We will continue this format until the end of the year with the exception of Christmas Eve, which will be an outdoor service only from 3-4pm
  • Angel Tree. So far only four children have been chosen for gifts. It’s important to note that even though we can’t physically pick an Angel off the tree and shop for a gift this year, the Angel Tree Program will mail gift cards for all sponsored children and they will still receive the word of Christ and the opportunity to receive a Bible.
  • Thanksgiving-In-A-Box and Kid’s Coat Drive.  Click HERE for more information. Contact Kyle via email or at 508-358-7718 x312 if you have further questions.
  • Advent 2020 begins on November 29th.  Because we cannot gather for big holiday events this season, we are coming to you! Community Life and the Deacons are putting together two Advent initiatives that will hopefully bring joy, as well as encourage family togetherness. Click HERE for more information.

Praise

Now Thank We All Our God

Verse 1
Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices
Who wondrous things has done
In whom His world rejoices
Who from our mother’s arms
Has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love
And still is ours today

Verse 2
O may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us
And keep us in His grace
And guide us when perplexed
And free us from all ills
In this world and the next

Verse 3
All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given
The Son and Him who reigns
With them in highest heaven
The one eternal God
Whom earth and heaven adore
For thus it was is now
And shall be evermore


Scripture Reading
9:30A John Marciniec
11:00A Tom Petter

John 1:43-51


Sermon – The Conclusion
Rev. Kyle Smethurst, Pastor of Family Ministries


Congregational Prayer
9:30A John Marciniec
11:00A Tom Petter


Praise

Great Are You Lord

Verse 1
You give life You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope You restore ev’ry heart that is broken
And great are You Lord

Chorus 1
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only

Bridge
And all the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry these bones will sing
Great are You Lord


Benediction
Rev. Kyle Smethurst, Youth Pastor


Band this Morning:

  • Worship Leader, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Adam Kurihara
  • Bass Guitar  – Connor Radar
  • Electric Guitar – Tim Kounadis
  • Piano and Vocals – Jim Markey
  • Vocals – Kristin Neprud
  • Drums – Marty Bodley

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