Sunday, December 29

We are still in the Christmas season!  This Sunday, Rev. Bob Matthews will be leading the morning worship and Christmas reflections.  Please see his prayer below.

Rev. Bob Matthews is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He was ordained in 1991 in the midst of a 29-year career with the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. While with Alameda County he served as Deputy Director of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and as the founder and Director of the Alameda County Faith and Health Partnership Project, the first such program of any public health department in the nation. Bob has also served as pastor at UCC congregations in Oakland and Pleasant Hill California.He has served as Chaplain at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Hayward and currently serves as Chaplain at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek. Bob is married to Rev. Marjorie Wilkes Matthews who is the pastor of Plymouth UCC in Oakland.

A Christmas Prayer by Rev. Bob Matthews

This Christmas, Holy One, come gently – or boldly –

Invade our busy lives with Your wondrous peace.

This Christmas, Holy One, come gently – or boldly –

Illuminate our confused thinking with Your clear vision.

This Christmas, Holy One, come gently – or boldly –

Infuse our timid loving with Your audacious grace.

This Christmas, Holy One, come to us as You came to the stable in Bethlehem….

Take the unprepared places of our lives and make them  fit for your dwelling.

This Christmas, Holy One, send us out into the world,

filled with Your spirit. In the name of Christ, we pray.

Amen.  

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