A Month of Sundays
Sunday Worship Services
9:45 a.m. - Worship in the Chapel
11:00 a.m. - Worship in the Sanctuary
Advent is the most tradition laden season at FSC. For newer members of the community, each Sunday in Advent lifts up a theme - Faith, Hope, Love, and Joy - embodied in a banner hung ach week, the lighting of the Advent Wreath at 11:00 a.m., and a choral response to that candle lighting. Elsewhere you can find a detailed guide to Advent events at FSC, but below are the Worship Services that are the heart of our spiritual life. Both the 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Services have the same messages, but different presentations. Note: There will be only one Service on December 29th at 11:00 a.m.
December 8 - "Promises, Promises" - Second Sunday in Advent - Hope - The Rev. Fred Wooden will again deliver the gospel of Dr. Suess, from the book of the Grinch. And he looks at Hope through the person of young Mary.
December 15 - "Heading Home" - Third Sunday in Advent - Love - The Rev. Elizabeth Barnum will contemplate how the cast of characters in the Christmas Story can help us find our way home spiritually and how the the story of incarnation, (a.k.a. Love), offers an opportunity for deepening Faith for those among us who identify with a liberal religious sensibility.
December 22 - "Lighten Up!" - Fourth Sunday in Advent - Joy - The Rev. Fred Wooden will read the Nativity Story from Luke, great music will abound, and angels will be considered - an unusual topic for religious liberals.
Christmas Eve Services
After setting the Nativity Story in modern Grand Rapids for a few years, our young Fountain Streeters will go back to Bethlehem this year. But even with traditional settings and stories, something new is likely to turn up. Pageantry, poetry, carols, and more.
As only FSC does it - beauty for the eye and ear, beloved biblical passages and touching poems, Silent Night as it was originally sung accompanied by a guitar, a halo of candles, and memories almost a centry old.
December 29 - 11:00 a.m. Worship Service Only! - The other lessons and carols are part of this Service, which honors the less holy but more human experience of Yuletide. Think of it as leftovers, which may be less grand but often more tasty. The Rev. Fred Wooden speaking.