BE NOT AFRAID
It feels as if 2020 has been a year filled with fear. Yet, messengers throughout the Bible sought to comfort the people of God by telling them to not be afraid. It was a word that those looking for a Messiah and birthing Divine Love needed to hear. And we need to hear it too.The theme for this Advent Season at Royal Lane is “Be Not Afraid.” Maybe God is telling us this year, as we wait with trepidation and anticipation, to offer up our fears to the divine and to hear God’s comfort in the angel voices: “Do not be afraid.”
November 29: “The Hopes and Fears of All the Years” - Isaiah 11:1-10
December 6: “The Fear of Disappointment” - Luke 1:5-25
December 13: “The Fear of Revision” - Luke 1:26-45
December 20: “The Fear of Ruined Reputation” - Matthew 1:18-25
December 24: “The Fear of Change” - Luke 2:1-20
December 27: “The Fear of Business as Usual” - Luke 2:22-40
Calendar of Events and Activities
Preparing to Hear God's Call
by Pinnacle Leadership
"Be Not Afraid" - Tune: ST. LOUIS
Each Tuesday afternoon of Advent at 4:00 pm we will present organist Jonathan Gregoire playing a brief mini concert on our Royal Lane, Dan Garland pipe organ, Opus 50. Jonathan will feature Advent music and speak about the pieces and their connection to our Advent season.
“The Fear of Holiday Grief”
This moving and poignant service will be experienced on Zoom this year. There will be opportunities to speak the names of those whom you mourn and remember. A Candle will be lit in their memory and an ornament placed on the Chrismon Tree.
“The Fear of Change”
The service this year will feature choral music from the virtual combined choirs of Royal Lane and University Park UMC as they present the first movement of the GLORIA by Vivaldi, and lovely settings of Away in a Manger and Silent Night. Soloists and readers from RLBC will also lead us in worship. The Gregg Family with baby Ford will light our Christ Candle.