Welcome to Central Christian Church

Keeping Christ Central Since 1895!

RSVP Instructions for In Person Worship

Please Call First to Confirm

1. You MUST RSVP to the church office no later than Thursday of the week you plan to attend worship in person. 12 family units will be permitted to attend in person the first week. Singles count as one family unit. If we need to have a second worship service due to high demand we will.

2. Our parking lot service has been suspended due to the changing seasons and due to technical difficulties. Inquire by contacting the church office.

3. Face coverings or masks are MANDATORY!

4. Sanitize hands upon entering the church.

5. Dispose of any waste (plastic bag provided for communion elements) upon exiting the sanctuary.

6. Sanitize hands upon exiting the church.

· If you do not feel comfortable attending church in person at this time we will continue to have the service streamed live on Facebook each Sunday, and the parking lot will continue to be open if you would like to listen to the service from the comfort of your car on 90.7 FM. To help promote social distancing we would ask that you remain in your vehicle if you plan to listen in the parking lot.

· We ask for your grace in this situation. We have never been presented with such a challenge. As we enter this uncharted territory our goal is to provide a worship service that is honoring to Christ while keeping safety and health at a very high level.

Thanks!-CCC Reopening Task Force

1st Sunday of Advent

Hope

Order of Worship

11/29/20

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9:30 am

Prelude

Greeting

Call to Worship

Invocation

Opening Hymn: Opening Hymn: When God Is a Child

Prayers of the People

Lord's Supper

Hanging of the Greens

Litany of the Greens

The Elements

Advent Candles

Isaiah 42:1-7

Advent Candle Narrative

Hymn: (stanza 1) One Candle Is Lit

Holly Wreath

Isaiah 9:6-7

Holy Wreath Narrative

Hymn: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Poinsettia

Isaiah: 53:3-5

Poinsettia Narrative

Hymn: Oh, Holy Night

Cedar Branch

Jeremiah 23:5-6

Cedar Branch Narrative

Hymn: Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates

Benediction

Benediction Hymn: Go In Peace

*Musical Accompaniment by Chloe Raber





Dear Ohio Region,

The Psalmist writes:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,

with the lyre and the sound of melody.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

make a joyful noise before God the Almighty!

We have reason to be joyful in Ohio today! Today we celebrate that we have in just 7 weeks already exceeded our goal for the Renewal Initiative! As of 4:00 pm today (9/10/20), we have received gifts totaling $75,506.11! Plus, we know that there are still generous donations from Congregations and individuals on their way to further exceed this initial goal.

For this, we rejoice and give thanks. We give thanks for the hard work of our regional staff who have worked on this initiative and continue to provide resources and support for ministry in Ohio. We give thanks for the guidance and wisdom of the Christian Church Foundation and the visiting Regional Ministers who helped us to frame this initiative and who continue to support Ohio in this time of transition! We give thanks for the volunteers who made phone calls and talked with people to deepen our relationships and to deepen our understanding of one another through this process of renewal. We especially give thanks to all of those individuals and congregations who gave generously to the Renewal Initiative for the Ohio Region!

Most importantly, we give thanks to our God, whose grace and mercy is at the center of all the ministry we do. We give thanks for the Spirit for guiding us this far, and for Christ who invites us to take next steps in building the kingdom of God here on earth.

Because of your generosity, we are able to move forward with our Regional Ministry Search Team, we have a clearer pathway towards being able to reopen Camp Christian in summer 2021, and we are able to continue to serve God in Ohio through our shared Regional and Camp Christian ministries.

This is indeed a time to sing praises to God, to sing a new song of thanksgiving and joy. In a year when we may have found rejoicing difficult to come by, let us take time to celebrate. Let us celebrate the many good gifts we give to one another and the abundant gifts of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Thanks be to God!

For more information about the Renewal Initiative, including how to give, as well as continued tracking of donations as we receive them, go to https://www.ccinoh.com/other-pages/renewal-initiative.aspx.