December 15, 2019
Christmas Eve Services at First United Methodist Church will be at 7:00 p.m. on December 24, 2019 in our sanctuary. All are invited and welcomed!
There will be the reading of the Christmas story by our children, carol singing by the congregation, specials will be sung, and a short sermon. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at 630 Highland Ave in Dublin.
Area Methodist churches made cookies for the troops, they were tagged, boxed and almost four hundred boxes of two dozen each were taken to Dyess Air Base in Abilene.
Lee and Betty Lusk gave the Advent reading and the lighting of the candles on the Advent wreath.
DJ Klutts was our Worship Leader and read the scripture lesson from Matthew 11:2-19.
We were happy to see Donna Starkey’s smiling face with us Sunday. She may be a guest, but it doesn’t seem like it.
Conner Moore was named the “Outstanding Bio-Medical Student” during his graduation this month from Tarleton University. Now Conner moves forward on in his quest to become a physician. God speed Conner.
Juanita Duncan’s granddaughter, Kellie, graduated last Saturday From Texas Woman’s University Nursing School in Denton. Janita, along with other family members attended, and witnessed the “Pinning” ceremony.
Lee and Betty Lusk’s granddaughter, Macy, has moved to San Antonio to continue her studies at University of Texas at San Antonio. Macy is classified as a junior.
Mine and Pastor Ken’s granddaughter, Amy McCarley, has graduated from Brewer High School this December. Amy is five months ahead of most of her classmates because she took extra courses and some college classes. She starts in January to Tarrant County College.
We are praying for Mary Yantis; she has had some setbacks and is in the hospital in Fort Worth. We all need to see what we can do to help Mary.
Our congregation extends sincere sympathy to Jack Parks and the Parks family on the death of Jack’s brother, Harold Wayne Parks.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon “Are You the One Who Is to Come?”
Today’s scripture lesson tells us that when John the Baptist was in prison, he sent word to Jesus, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus told them “to report what they have seen: the blind now see; the deaf now hear; the people with skin diseases are cleansed; the dead are raised up; and the poor have good news proclaimed to them. Happy are those who don’t stumble and fall because of me.” When they had gone, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John. He asked them about what they went out into the wilderness to see and hear. Jesus says, yes, John is a prophet and more than that. He is the one of whom it is written: Look, I’m sending my messenger before you, who will prepare your way before you.
Centuries before John and Jesus, there was a prophet named Isaiah. He prophesied about what would take place when the Messiah arrived. Isaiah said, “The eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped: the lame shall leap like a deer.” Those weren’t the kind of signs John was expecting. He was looking for a grander, more dramatic, appearance. That is not God’s way. God chooses to work in the little places of life. Like a manger, a carpenter’s shop, and a cross. Amen.
Christmas is coming, it is nearly here. You can grumble and fuss and refuse to participate, but you won’t impress Christmas. I suggest you laugh, sing, and put up as many lights as you can afford, no matter what terrible tragedy you experienced at this time of year. You see- I promised, someone I loved, long ago that I would not let their passing ruin Christmas. And I don’t, you can see me coming clear up the block, I’m the one wearing red and gaudy earrings, I’ll be laughing and waving to everyone! Merry Christmas, Judy