December 22, 2019
Brookshire Brothers supermarket, here in Dublin donated a large amount of food and some toys to the Food Pantry. Our members, along with all the good folks who keep the Food Pantry active want to say a deep appreciation to Brookshire Brothers.
December’s Community Table was a big success. DJ Klutts, Mary Haley, Neva Smith and the kitchen ladies had a large group of volunteers show up. Volunteers started getting the takeout boxes ready the day before so on Table night, things went smoothly. There was a big crowd that came to eat in fellowship hall. It is always like a party and everyone is having a nice time.
Anyone wishing to make a charitable donation before 2019 is over, please think about Dublin First United Methodist Church. We must keep the building up to provide a place for all these activities which help our community.
Our congregation received a wonderful letter from the President of the Council of Bishops, Ken Carter. He writes, in these days many of us realize, even as we walk this road, we have not arrived at our destination. Every year we light the candles of hope and peace, joy, love and light. And yet every year we confess our desire for a greater sense of hope and not despair, light and not darkness.
As we journey through Advent on to Christmas, we hear the prophet Isaiah’s invitation: “Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” For many of us this culminates as we stand in a dark sanctuary on Christmas Eve, holding a candle, sharing the light of Christ. “The light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John1:5
Our congregation extends sympathy to the family and friends of Gwen Brown and also the family and friends of Jimmy Whitehead, Bret Greenway and Bill Gilbreath.
I served as Worship Leader and read scripture from Matthew 1:18-25.
Gene and DJ Klutts did the lighting of the Advent candle on the fourth Sunday of Advent. DJ read a message that told us it is better to not go alone on our Advent journey. We need companions to support us, strengthen us, and encourage us. We learn to trust that someone has our back on this journey of faith.
“God with Us,” was the title of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon. He preached on the first chapter of Matthew, he said it brings us home, home to the real meaning of Christmas. Namely this, “GOD is with us!” When we accept Christ into our lives, nothing, not even death, can separate us from God and His love.
Matthew quotes from the Old Testament when the prophet foretold: Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel.” (God with us.)
All of us get scared sometime. Jesus knew we felt fearful, anxious, or troubled. In His lessons Jesus often said, “Fear not,” “Don’t be anxious,” “Let not your hearts be troubled.”
With Christmas comes the great promise that calms our fears and lets us celebrate life, it is Emmanuel “God is with us.” That’s the Good News of our Christian faith. Love came down at Christmas. Merry Christmas!