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  “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2: 10-11)

                                                                   

Thoughts from Pastor Dennis Bailey

     Jim Smith went to church on Sunday morning. He heard the organist miss a note during the prelude, and he winced. He saw a teenager talking when everybody was supposed to be bowed in silent prayer. He felt like the usher was watching to see what he put in the offering plate and it made him boil. He caught the preacher making a slip of the tongue five times in the sermon. As he slipped out through the side door during the closing hymn he muttered to himself, “Never again, what a bunch of clods and hypocrites!”

      Ron Jones went to church one Sunday morning. He heard the organist play an arrangement of “A Mighty Fortress” and he thrilled at the majesty of it. He heard a teenager take a moment in the service to speak her simple moving message of the difference her faith makes in her life. He was glad to see that this church was sharing in a special offering for hungry children in Nigeria. He especially appreciated the sermon that Sunday – it answered a question that had bothered him for a long time. He thought as he walked out the doors of the church. “How can a person come here and not feel the presence of God?”

      Both men went to the same church, on the same Sunday morning. Each found what they were looking for.  During this season of the year what are you looking for in your life, in church, in your faith, in your relationships, and in your heart?

       Attitude will make all the difference. I pray that you will not miss the wonder of God’s gracious Presence!

 

God’s Peace be with you

        

 

UPCOMING SERMONS

December 3    (Isaiah 55:6-9)    Mark 13:32-37   “The Christian Life is Keeping Awake”

We are called to be alert and ready to acknowledge the presence of God that is around us and is at work in the world. We must be alert this season of advent to the coming of Jesus in our midst.

 

December 10 Saturday (December 9)  (Isaiah 40:9-11)   Mark 1:1-8    “Being Prepared”                             THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Jesus as a person and Jesus’ message. We must be prepared this season of Advent for Jesus to come into our hearts. Prepare your heart to receive the King of kings. Prayer, communion with God, scripture reading and intentional love for God and others will be the key.

 

December 17  Saturday (December 16) (Isaiah 61:1-3)   John 1:6-8      “The Light of the World”    CHOIR CANTATA

Jesus came as the “light of the world”. We live in darkness without his light. Where are the dark places of your life. Can Jesus bring light and life to you?

 

December 24  -     CHRISTMAS EVE SUNDAY 10:30 AM AND 4 PM    (No Saturday worship) 

Isaiah 9:2; 6-7  Luke 2:1-7   Luke 2:8-9  Luke 12:6-37      “Nothing is Impossible with God”

Our Christmas Eve worship will center around candlelight for both the morning worship and late afternoon. The theme will be about the power of God whom nothing is impossible for. This is good news for our lives.

 

December 31 (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2; 4-7)Matthew 25:34-40 “Looking Toward a New Year of Discipleship”

COMMUNION  -   We end a year and look forward to a new year on this weekend. Putting God first and serving others will be our priority as we continue to grow as disciples.