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Join us in worship this Advent season.
This Advent, Pastor Rodney will be drawing from the book Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas by Jorge Acevedo for his messages. We invite you to participate in the Advent study based on the same book.
The class begins November 27, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. (during the Sunday School hour). Discover how, where, and why we are "sent."
If interested, please contact Jennifer to register.
This summer, our students will be traveling to Romania and a town in Texas to spread God's love through tangible acts of service. From repairing homes to running a sports camp across the world, our students are living out their love for Jesus.
Consider helping give as many students as possible the unique experience and opportunity to serve! Get some Christmas shopping done AND support Student Mission Trips!
Thank you for your generosity!
It is beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas. I am so thankful for all the folks who help decorate the church. I walked in after Thanksgiving to all the evergreens, candles, and lights ... wow. The season has started.
It is like a switch being flipped to turn on the Christmas lights at the city tree lightings. A switch gets flipped in our world too. It happens around Thanksgiving and continues through December. Our communities become slightly nicer places.
People go out of their way to do things for each other around this time. People are more generous; they donate to charities, and help out strangers more than they normally would. We go out of our way to do small things for friends and colleagues like buy them coffee or get them their favorite treat. Last but not least, during the holidays, lots of people take time for those who usually go unappreciated, like the mailman and sanitation workers. They leave cards and tips when they never normally would.
The Christmas spirit comes from God, who SENT his son. God’s generosity and love for the entire world is at the heart of this season. And so in response to the priceless gift of God’s love, we are SENT into the world to continue to share that love, to be generous with those who go unappreciated, overlooked, and many times, forgotten.
I am proud to be the pastor of a church who lives the Christmas spirit, not just during the holidays, but throughout the year. I am thankful to be the pastor of a church that feeds children who might go without during the summer months, that puts books into hands of children who don’t live in print-rich environments, and where members are showing grace and love to young single mothers. I am thankful to be your pastor and for all the ways you are being the church for others in your everyday routine.
This week I was honored once again to pray at the Corinth City Council meeting. In my preparations for what I would say, it struck me that my prayer for our city might be simply this: That the spirit of Christmas might not stop at the end of December, but that our community might be a place where God’s love might continue to be shown throughout the whole year.
I look forward to seeing you in worship as we continue our "Sent" series and celebrate Holy Communion.
P.S. — Don’t forget:
•Domestic turkeys are slow-moving and unable to fly, but their wild relatives can run at up to 25 mph and fly at speeds approaching 55 mph.
•If Benjamin Franklin had his way, the turkey would be the national bird of the United States.
•Macy's didn't sponsor the first Thanksgiving parade. That’s right… That honor goes to Gimbels, a department store in Philadelphia that sponsored a parade in 1920, 4 years before Macy's.
•On Thanksgiving Day in 2007, two turkeys earned a trip to Disney World. They were pardoned by President George W. Bush and flown from the White House to Orlando, where they served as honorary grand marshals for the Disney World Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Only 2% of Americans say Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. I can’t believe that - I love Thanksgiving! The food is great, but I love it because it is time when everything pauses for just a moment to give thanks. When we take time to thank God for his blessings, we position ourselves as children before our most loving parent.
Paul said it this way, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Let’s not let thanksgiving be only a blip in the busyness of our everyday life; instead, let it be a reminder to live with gratitude each and every day.
I give thanks for all the amazing families in our church and in our community that God has sent me to be in ministry with. I am grateful for your prayers in my recovery and I plan to see you in worship this Sunday as we begin our advent journey and a new Sermon Series, Sent!
Do you ever get sucked in and find yourself using church-speak? Are you fluent? Do you even know what it is? Church-speak is specialized vocabulary and phraseology that has developed over the millennia. Church-speak includes those things we Christians say when we help others or share a truth we hope will bring hope, peace, or comfort. (I did a whole series on some of these half-truths.)
I am fluent in church-speak – I'm a preacher’s kid – I have been in full-time ministry for 19 years. But the longer I am in ministry and the more time I spend with hurting people, the more frequently I hear stories of how this church-speak has caused more harm than good.
Especially over the last week, many in our country are in need of encouragement, empathy or a shoulder to grieve on. I fell into my church-speak and said something like … "Jesus reigns on the throne so it really doesn't matter who is president." I did this in an attempt to point towards my faith and clarify that my trust isn’t in a president, but in God. But as the days wear on and I spend time with people and hear their stories, I recognize that (my) church-speak comes across as tone-deaf at best, or cruel and insensitive at worst. For that I am sorry.
See, church-speak allows no room for my neighbor’s actual lived experiences. As people of faith, we are called to love each other. We are not called to dismiss people's fear, sorrow or mourning, particularly before they've had time to process something as monumental as the recent election. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is hold someone’s hand and be a safe space for them to be fearful, anxious, or discouraged. Paul says it this way, Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15
In the midst of the ongoing post-election storm, our neighbors and communities are listening and watching to see how “we,” Christ representatives, respond. Will you join me in leaving the church-speak behind? Let’s Be the Church. Let’s put faith into action. Let’s show love and compassion, and listen to our neighbors (not just the ones you like or agree with) so that we might have empathy.
If you are in town, come join us Sunday as we live the sermon. And if you can’t make it, I challenge you to Be the Church this week in the place you are. Love on a stranger, feed a first responder, visit a shut-in, or invite someone who will be alone to join you for your Thanksgiving meal. And if you accept the challenge, please share the story with me next week in person, via social media or by email.