WEST BRATTLEBORO -- Dec. 23 is the Fourth Sunday of Advent at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. Our guest worship leader will be the Rev. Philip Nelson, a retired United Church of Christ Minister, who is a member of the church. His sermon will be "The Best News" based on Micah 5:2-5a and Luke 1:46-55 (commonly known as The Magnificat").
The Advent Candle of Love will be lit. Organist/Choir Director William McKim will play the church’s 111-year-old tracker pipe organ. The Prelude will be "Veni Emmanuel" by Lutkin and Prelude "Therefore Rejoice" by J.S. Bach. Congregational hymns include "Watchman, Tell Us Of the Night," "O Come, O Come Emmanual" and "In the Bleak Midwinter." Guitarist Jeff Brewer will play Gathering Music.
Sunday worship at First Congregational is at 10 a.m. There is Sunday School during the worship hour for pre-school through grade 6, and child care for younger children. Following worship there is a Fellowship Hour in the Fireplace Room. For those with disabilities, there is a ramp leading to the Sanctuary and Fireplace Room level, as well as large-print hymnals and bulletins.
For a ride to worship call 802-257-4408. Worship on Dec. 30 will be a union service at Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main St.
There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, led by Pastor Joe Amico, on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. with the Christmas Story in Scripture and Carols. There will be special music by the Christmas Band, under the direction of Steve Rice, and the Senior Choir under the direction of William McKim.
Mary’s Closet, the church’s thrift shop with winter clothes for men, women and children, will be open on Saturday, Dec. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Ongoing events include the Prayer Fellowship at 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, the Handicraft group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m., and Senior Choir rehearsals Sunday at 9 a.m.
The church’s website is www.wbucc.com. The church’s phone is 802-254-9767.