Pastor’s Corner

Dear Church,
It’s time to remember that the grace of God, which carries with it salvation for all, has appeared. It’s teaching us that, having denied impiety and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, and justly, and piously in the present course of things. We should do this in expectation of the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Remember that he is the one who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all lawlessness, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous for good works.

Merry Christmas, The Holy Spirit
Titus 2:11-14 CEV

I pray that you’ll observe a faithful Advent. Remember that it’s a wrinkle in time — a time to celebrate what’s already happened and is in our midst … and a time of expectant preparation for what is still coming. The image we focus on is a baby … yet, one laid in a feeding trough and visited only by lowly shepherds. The image is on the one who comes to restore a world to justice and righteousness.

The Scriptures that we’ll focus on each Sunday are listed below. There will also be a time of sharing and discussion each Tuesday AM at 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The first Tuesday for this Advent reflecting will be December 3. I hope you will all join together both Sundays and Tuesdays to take this walk in wrinkled time.

The Season of Advent 2019
Sundays   &  Tuesdays

Hope, Expectation, Preparation
S – Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:5-19  
T – Isaiah 57:14-19; Luke 1:5-25 (57-80)

Purification, Righteousness, Fulfillment
S – Malachi 3:1-4; Matthew 24:36-44 
T – Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8

Love, Peace, The Presence of God
S – Zephaniah 3:14-20; Mark 13:24-37 
T – Isaiah 11:1-10;  John 1:29-34

Justice, Joy, Salvation
S – Psalm 146:5-10; Luke 1:46b-55 
T – Isaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Promise Fulfilled, God with Us
Christmas Eve    Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)    

There will be 3 worship services Christmas Eve. Please see the information herein for times.

Mrs. Schneider says that the family service at 4 PM will feature Bernadette Bear from Vacation Bible School! Evidently, she has decided not to hibernate just yet, because she wants to know what Christmas is all about!! Bring a neighbor, a friend, someone new to this service!

“It’s time to remember that the grace of God, which carries with it salvation for all, has appeared!!” Let’s walk together in remembrance,

Pastor Bob