December 11, 2017

T H E  T H I R D  S U N D A Y  OF   A D V E N T

Sermon “Experiencing the Love of Christmas” John 3:16

Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people. In this light, the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” perfectly represents the church’s cry during the Advent season:

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

While Israel would have sung the song in expectation of Christ’s first coming, the church now sings the song in commemoration of that first coming and in expectation of the second coming in the future.



Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30. This is an outreach event and we are all encouraged to invite our friends, families, and neighbors to attend.  Once again our church is gifted with a delicious meal of turkey, dressing, gravy with new potatoes and candied yams rounded out with croissant rolls. Please bring a salad or dessert to share with all our church family on this special night.



This year, because Christmas Eve is on Sunday, we will have the traditional service that we do in the evening on Christmas Eve at the morning worship hour. It will be a service of Carols, Scriptures, Solos, Music Ensemble, Meditation, and Communion. Invite your family and friends who will be visiting you to participate in this glorious time of worship.




After our annual Christmas dinner this week, there will be no Wednesday activities December 20 and 27. They will resume on January 3.


We will inform everyone through the prayer line, Facebook, and email about the worship service on snow Sundays. You will be encouraged to attend only if you deem it safe for you and your family. We will describe the conditions of the main roads and the parking area so you can make your decision. Last Sunday, we had a most blessed experience as those who could come gathered in a desire to worship. 



BUDGET REPORT FY 9/1/2017 THROUGH 12/10/2017:

Budget Requirements                                        $     43,260.00  

Tithes & Offerings YTD                                       $     38,836.00

Sunday’s Tithes & Offerings                                $      1,832.00  

(Total collected for Lottie Moon to date:  $559)