Heaven and Nature Sing! 300 Years of Joy to the World!
Advent & Christmas Activities at Newman Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Rumford
“Joy to the World,” a beloved Christmas classic, turns 300 this year. Composer Isaac Watt’s interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a “new song” — and it is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. Rather than “joy” being yet another word for “happiness,” we will discover during our Advent season that the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion — all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs.
December 1 - 9:30 am
Advent 1 - “Prepare Him Room: Hopeful Joy”
December 8 - 9:30 am
Advent 2 - “Repeat the Sounding Joy: Loving Joy”
December 15 - 9:30 am
Advent 3 - “Make the Blessings Known: Unabashed Joy”
Join us after worship for a short Christmas Play and Potluck Brunch!
December 21 - 7:00 pm
Blue Christmas Service - “Elusive Joy”
December 22 - 9:30 am
Advent 4 - “Make the Nations Prove: Peaceful Joy”
December 22, - 4 pm
Community Carol Sing! Join Newman’s Choir and the Providence Adult String Ensemble for festive Christmas Music with Sing-a-longs!
December 24 - 5:00 pm & 11:00 pm
Christmas Eve - “The Lord is Come: Incarnate Joy”
With choir and festive prelude music beginning at 10:30 pm!