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God meets us in our fear

Second Sunday in Advent:  December 4, 2022

Luke 1:26-38          Isaiah 11:1-10

When the angel Gabriel comes to Mary, she is perplexed and confused – and no doubt, afraid.  And yet, the angel’s news is: “Do not be afraid.”  Do not be afraid. We hear this refrain all throughout the Christmas story and remember it is the most common phrase in all the bible.  From generation to generation, God shows up in the midst of our fear and uncertainty and confusion.  From generation to generation, faithful people have said “yes” despite apprehension.  From generation to generation, our ancestors in faith have accepted the invitation.  The prophecy in Isaiah paints a vision of what we work toward when we say “yes”: righteousness and equity reign, the wolf lives with the lamb, no harm or hurt shall destroy the earth, a child shall lead the way.  

Gratitude - Living a Life of Thankfulness Wrap-up

The last three weeks in our worship services we focused on Gratitude.  Chris Craig provided us with worksheets and a short video on practicing gratitude.  All three worksheets are linked below.

Church Gratitude Worksheets 1

Church Gratitude Worksheets 2

Church Gratitude Worksheets 3


Worship Opportunities

9am Worship Service

Start your Sunday morning off with a spirited traditional style worship service.  This service is led by clergy and lay people.  The first Sunday of each month, children and youth help lead the worship service.  Communion is also served on the first Sunday of each month.  Worship music, scripture, prayer, poetry, artistic moments and visual arts are included in this worship service.  This service is casual in nature.

11am Worship Service

A more formal but spirited traditional service enhanced with worship music, liturgies, prayers and communion (served on the first Sunday of each month) meets every Sunday at 11 am.  This service is led by clergy and worship leaders.  Clergy and choir wear robes for this worship service.

11am Parables Worship Service

Parables is a worship service for all abilities, particularly designed for those on the wider spectrum of neurodiversity and/or bodydiversity, or what has been sometimes termed “special needs” – though every need is simply a human one.  We believe that the most “special need” we all have is to have a place we know we belong – where people genuinely see us and value who we are in all our uniqueness.  Parables invites active, informal participation from those in attendance and is often called the “No Shushing Zone.”  Special features include: sensory headphones and fidgets, spirit scarves for Passing the Peace and dancing, visual schedule board, and a therapy dog or two.  The program’s predictable format each week helps to create a welcoming space for worship, especially for those whose cognitive differences allow them to engage in the church experience more spontaneously.  At Parables we celebrate the gifts of life’s interruptions as a way to find Jesus!

Summer Worship

Summer Worship Hours – 10 am every Sunday

(Memorial Day through Labor Day)

Chelsea First offers a spirited traditional style of worship.  Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month.  The communion table is open to all who wish to partake.  Services are led by clergy, lay people and features worship music, scripture and stories of connection.  Summer worship services are casual.

Chelsea First

Our church culture

Chelsea First United Methodist Church (Chelsea First) is a Christ-centered congregation with a positive, open, and engaging spirit. We are a church for everyone, at all seasons of life, and bring a grounded, engaged, and supportive approach to Christian worship while working passionately toward making a positive impact in our community.

128 Park St. Chelsea, MI 48118

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The church building is open during regular office hours and 

Sunday mornings.

Office Hours:
​Monday - Wednesday 8-4 pm
Thursday- Friday 8-3 pm



Chelsea First is part of the United Methodist Church.

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