Hope’s Annual Nine Lessons and Carols, Dec., 14th, 2pm

We welcome you to the Hope United Methodist Church’s Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, a program of scriptures and music, which is based on a service first held at King’s College, Cambridge, England, on Christmas Eve in 1918.   A revision of the Order of Service was made in 1919, involving rearrangement of the lessons. The backbone of the service, the lessons and the prayers, has remained virtually unchanged since then. The carols do change every year, although the service has always begun with the hymn Once in Royal David’s City, and closes with congregational singing of O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.  Interest in the service grew in the 1930s, when the BBC began broadcasting this Christmas Eve service, a tradition that continues to this day. Many churches have adapted the service for their own use, and “Lessons and Carols” continue to be celebrated around the world.

The nine lessons we hear today are from the New International Version Bible.  The carols comprise a mixture of familiar and new settings of traditional and ancient hymns. We invite you to join in singing of the hymns that are noted in this program.  A Hope tradition is to end our service with the Hallelujah Chorus. If you’d like to sing with us, please join the choir at the front of the sanctuary during the singing of Hark the Herald Angels, and music will be provided.

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Blue Christmas Service

blue christmasTuesday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m.

A Worship service of healing and song for anyone who is grieving this holiday season. Let God’s grace heal, comfort and give peace to your soul.

Please join us.

Second Sunday of Advent Service

As we continue to celebrate and prepare for our Savior’s birth, we worship together and prepare ourselves.

 

 

Community Carol Sing on Saturday

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Hosted by Belchertown United Church of Christ and Hope United Methodist Church. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 6th at 4:30 on the Belchertown Common for caroling and light refreshments. Bring a flashlight and some jingle bells. You do not need to be affiliated with a church in town to attend. This is a community event to help ring in the Christmas season here in town.

All are welcome.  Hope to see you there!

Giving and Mitten Tree

Giving treeThank you to everyone who took a tag from the Giving and Mitten tree! We did great! 28 out of 30 tags have gone home with someone. Two boys are left if you would like to participate. Mittens, gloves, hats and scarves can be brought in anytime through the end of the month. Place them on the tree or in the basket underneath. Gifts are due on December 14th (unwrapped please).

1st Sunday of Advent, 2014!

The sanctuary was festooned in greenery, the choir was ready with their first Advent anthem.  The excitement of Advent has come to Hope.  Children lighting the candle of Hope, we even had a baptism!   What a wonderful start to a special time in the Church.