December 17, 2017
On Tuesday Pastor Ken Lunsford and Ray LaBaume took a huge load of “Cookies for the Troops” to the Air Force base in Abilene. The sweet treats will be flown out to other destinations from that point.
We are getting ready for the Christmas Eve Candle Light Service and hope to see you there at 7 p.m.
Prayers are needed for Seth Turner who was injured in an automobile accident.
Cliff Wooldridge is having knee replacement and we pray for a successful outcome. Maybe it will help Cliff’s golf game. Paul Beaty is home recuperating from his last procedure. Eddie Raley and Mary Haley continue to make progress and we look forward to seeing them active.
Irene Sohm asked for travel mercies for her husband Bob Sohm and their grandson Robert. They are driving in from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Christmas Day our church office will be closed.
Community Table is December 28, we are serving a stew with black-eyed peas in it along with cornbread. We still need drivers and delivery people.
December 31 is 5th Sunday Singing but there is no pot luck dinner. The ladies are taking a well-deserved break from the kitchen.
I need to make a correction! Last week I wrote that Cole Moore received a certificate from the United Methodist Scholarship Board, but it was Conner Moore who was awarded the scholarship. Conner was away at college and Cole held it for his brother.
Last Sunday evening Rev. Ken Lunsford and I attended the wonderful Christmas program at Laurel St. United Methodist Church. We had carols to sing and scripture reading but what makes it great are the three little girls at the toddling stage. How gratifying to have to young families in church.
Laurel St. Church has a fascinating pioneer history and Martha Starnes has the paper work tracing its formation.
This past Sunday Nancy Wooldridge served as our Worship Leader while Jon and Roxey Volkmer gave the Advent Reading and candle lighting.
Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon titled “We Wait!”
The scriptures tell us repeatedly that God’s clock is wound in a different way. We look at seconds; He looks at ages.
Thousands of years before Christ His people were told a great savior was to come. And His people longed for one who would bring light out of darkness. They waited for that one who would turn their sorrow into joy, and vanquish their enemies.
There are many references to the Messiah in the Old Testament, the virgin conception of Jesus is found in Isaiah 7:14, Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is found in Micah 5:2 and the family’s flight to Egypt is in Hosea 11:1.
Waiting is part of our faith and the message of Advent is that we do not have permission to rush God’s story. For now, we must wait and my friends, how we wait makes all the difference in the world.
Merry Christmas! He is coming.