During Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas) and on Epiphany Sunday (Jan. 8), we will be looking at the Christmas story from the perspective of various characters within the story.  Today, on the first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Linda tells the story of Isaiah, a Jewish prophet from about 700 BCE.  Following several major wars, he provided hope for a peaceful future.  His words are still quoted today as a promise of Jesus’s presence with us. During the service we also have a “Good Morning Morgan Hill” interview with “Isaiah”!  This service also includes Holy Communion. Our services are being held with in-person attendance atRead More →

How can we be thankful at a time when there are so many bad things happening? In the middle of the devastating American Civil War, Pres. Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to give thanks for the good that was still happening outside of the military conflict. In today’s message, Pastor Linda encourages us to take time to show gratitude, as it can change our attitude! Our services are being held with in-person attendance at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format.  Note that closed captioning is available when “CC” appears in white at the bottom ofRead More →

According to an old English proverb, “it’s an ill wind that blows no good.” How do we deal with life, and find peace, when it seems that an “ill wind” is blowing so much of the time? Our guest speaker Tahiya Marome shares with us techniques to “baffle” (or break the force of) the “ill wind.” Our services are being held with in-person attendance at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format.  Note that closed captioning is available when “CC” appears in white at the bottom of the video panel. Click the CC to see the text;Read More →

Advent (Four Sundays before Christmas) Characters of Advent In the Advent Sunday worship services, we will have a special feature where we will meet “Characters of Advent.”  Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, we’ll meet Isaiah.  On the following Sundays, we’ll meet Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds, and hear the Christmas story from their perspective. Simple ways to celebrate Advent By Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook I read a story about a mother who had a wonderful Advent activity with her family. She had each person draw a name. Then she made a manger (without Jesus until Christmas morning). She put small piecesRead More →