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Mission work team: A huge thank you! To everyone who went down to Princeville last week to do work to tear out flood damage. It was painful to see how much destruction there was and how much work there is still to do.

Putting up the Chrismon tree: Next Saturday, Dec 3, at 4PM, we’ll gather to decorate the Chrismon tree. We especially need some strong bodies to get the tree up!

Christmas program: Prepare the Way! Is our Christmas program of music and scripture to prepare us for the coming of Jesus. Join us at 5pm on Dec 11 and stay for refreshments! Make sure you bring a friend.

Weekly Devotion:

So, Thanksgiving is over, and the world around us is moving full speed ahead into Christmas. So many of us are already putting up decorations and buying gifts. The radio stations have been playing Christmas music since around September!

Have you ever wondered why we are affected so deeply by Christmas? Why does a piece of music or a commercial on TV with children in the snow bring us to tears? What is it about Christmas, anyway?

This is what I believe: the Christ child broke into the world 2000 years ago, and the world has never been the same. God broke in and became human—became Emmanuel, “God with us”. It was such a momentous event that the Bible records the entire host of heaven –the angel armies of God—were singing with such joy that they filled the skies.

On May 20, 1964, American radio scientists discovered that there was background radiation—known as “Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation”—which was a remnant of ancient light created during the “Big Bang” at the beginning of the universe. In the same way, I think that we are still surrounded, as human beings, by the echoes of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. It was a moment when eternity broke into the created world.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 states “God has placed eternity in the human heart.” Perhaps there is something about Christmas that touches us deep inside, as we catch a glimpse of God’s eternal love and presence.

God made us to respond to Emmanuel’s breaking in! So naturally, we respond to Christmas in an emotional way, as the joyous song of Jesus’ birth still echoes in the universe.

The problem here is that human beings often worship the feeling rather than the real thing. So, instead of seeking to follow the star and bring our offerings to Jesus, we are content with the warm feeling we get when we listen to Christmas music on the radio. We worship “Christmas” as an idea instead of worshipping God who broke into the world that day.

Tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent. It is a time to wait, to worship, to pray, and to fast! To prepare ourselves for Christ’s coming—in Bethlehem, and at the end of time.

The third verse of O Little Town of Bethlehem says all this better than I can:

     How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given;

     So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.

     No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin,

     Where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.


Let’s worship Christ instead of Christmas! See you in church! ~Pastor Julia

  June 2021  
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