to stop the clock and put a hold on life, but that is not in our power to do so.
I have spent Christmas sick with the flu, or had a houseful of children that were sick with a stomach virus, our youngest child was born on December 21 and we left the hospital on Christmas Eve, Ken had pneumonia five
times as a child usually around Christmas, and my brother, Larry Jack Noel, died from leukemia on December 28, 1995.
I am sure some of you folks reading this are going through a bleak Christmas this year and I’m not talking about the economy. But Christmas
will come and Christmas will go and our hearts will heal.
I promised my brother I would not let his illness spoil the season for me or the family, so I celebrate bigger and better every year.
There is plenty of opportunity to celebrate Christ’s birth in the Dublin area; Laurel St. United Methodists and Rev. Ken Lunsford are having a
candlelight service this Thursday, the 22, at 6:00 p.m., they will have a meal following the service. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert if they wish to. First Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. followed by cookies and coffee. On Christmas Day Pastor Ken will be at Laurel St. Methodist to do a service at 9:30 a.m.
Most denominations have Christmas services planned at different times so there is something for everyone. Go by all means and worship, sing, and
This past Sunday our fourth Advent candle was lit by Josh Kunselman with help from his daughter Leah. The first half of the Advent reading
was done by Karen Rowe and the second part by Josh Kunselman.
Pat Beaty played “Come and Worship” for the offertory while Gene
Coan and David Cleveland took the offering. Leta Sage was our song
We continue to pray for the Thiebaud children, Shelby and Kody,
for Colt Price, and brothers Adan and Jesus Velasco who were all injured in separate vehicle accidents.
Hooray! We welcome our newest member Barbara Hilliard who joined
our congregation on December 11 and she is our 11th new member for
2011. Say hello to Barbara and get to know her.
“Nothing is Impossible with God! Christmas is a God Thing!” That
was the theme of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon.
The message of Christmas is that God came to us in the babe of
Bethlehem. God came and lived among us in the person of His Son Jesus. God came down to eat our food, wear our clothes and live level with us. We call that incarnation; God took on human flesh in the manager of
Christian faith is not a philosophy that someone thought up, it is a revelation. God revealed His purpose and plan, His love and His grace, in
the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Imagine God’s dilemma as He sought to
communicate His love and purpose for humanity. We had His Law, His prophets, Scripture and the Hebrew people worshiped in the Temple of Jerusalem. But still the people did not get it. We still failed to understand how much God loves us and His plan was for us to love one another. So God became one of us. We cannot reach up to God intellectually, our little brains are not sufficient to understand God. Morally we are not equal with God, so God reached down to us and became one of us.