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"Christmas Is Coming, Ready or Not." That's the theme of services and events at Cedaredge United Methodist Church this month. But don't be concerned. The church is planning worship services, Bible study and special events to help prepare hearts and souls for the anticipated birth of Jesus Christ during December, the Advent month when Christians get ready for what they celebrate as God's greatest gift.

Pastor Joe Agne's 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, sermon, titled "Live Wholeheartedly," will be based on Baruch 5:1-9, a passage that calls people to rejoice in God's goodness. In a season when people are called to give, this service will focus on how to receive God's blessings and constant presence. Members and visitors are invited to help hang the Christmas greens following the service.

Other Sunday morning services between now and Christmas will include a service of music at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, with a sermon titled "Clear Away Trifles" based on Luke 3:7-18, and the 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 service "Claim Out Giftedness" based on Luke 1:39-45. New members will be welcomed Sunday, Dec. 16 with that service followed by lunch open to all in the church's fellowship hall. Communion will be served to all present Sunday, Dec. 23. The United Methodist Church's communion table is an open table, which means everyone can receive this sacrament. There are no membership nor preparedness requirements, just a desire to feast at God's holy table.

A special Blue Christmas worship service featuring music by local artist Emily Wray will be held in the church's sanctuary at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. This service is for all who are struggling and grieving during this holiday season. While Advent and Christmas are joyous times for many, many others find financial stress, the death of loved ones, family too far away with some in danger's path, and painful memories of holidays past overwhelming. This service will be a time to claim those feelings as part of life while seeking to find God even in such difficult circumstances.

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