Icy. That pretty much sums up this past weekend. With freezing rain forming ice on cars, sidewalks and roadways, most of us decided to stay home Sunday morning. My snow country instincts led me to open the church anyway and 18 hearty souls came together for a simple, but meaningful service. But we were definitely in the minority! Memorial Christian Church, Church on the Journey and, I imagine, the great majority of congregations in town decided it was safer to stay in. Our Icy Sunday also happened to be Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the Church year. On that day, we remember that Jesus is our King and that we children of democracy owe our greatest allegiance to him. Before you jump into the Advent season, why not experience Christ the King Sunday on our website? Go to midlandanglican.com (with a desktop or laptop) and click on the sermon titled “King Jesus” at the bottom left corner of the page.
Turnout was quite a bit stronger for our Thanksgiving Dinner with our friends from Memorial Christian Church and Church on the Journey. We enjoyed ham, smoked turkey and some wonderful side dishes and desserts; took time to share the reason for our thankfulness and ended the evening with singing the Doxology (Praise God from whom all blessing flow…)
In the season of Advent, we’ll take four Sundays to consider the meaning of Christ’s coming (his first in Bethlehem and his second “in the clouds”). As always, we’ll sing the great Advent hymns, hear Jesus speak of final things, light the Advent candles and enjoy the Crèche with its gathering cast of figures until the arrival of the baby Jesus. I look forward to sharing each moment with you.
TUESDAYS IN ADVENT, 12:00-1:00PM, “WHY DID CHRIST COME? A STUDY FOR ADVENT,” BRAD WATSON
When thinking about Christ’s birth, we naturally focus on Luke’s detailed gospel account. But to appreciate the main point of the story, that the eternal Son of God took on flesh and blood and human nature, we need to learn from other biblical passages why Christ came to earth. Bring your own lunch. We will begin with noonday prayers and conclude our study by 1:00pm.
Ø JOKE OF THE WEEK: What is the difference between cats and dogs? Dogs think, “Humans are benevolent. They feed me and take care of me. They must be gods.” Cats think, “Humans are benevolent. They feed me and take care of me, so I must be God.”
Ø If you are in need of pastoral care, you can reach me at 432-853-2751. Please don’t hesitate to call.
Your fellow servant,