From the Pastor

Wednesday Midweek Message - December 9, 2015

Dear Friends,

This coming Sunday's scripture calls us to Imagine Joy.  Mary and the Apostle Paul witness to the joy of trusting in God's promises.  So, this week, as we prepare to worship on Sunday, consider this:  when have you known deep, almost inexpressible joy?  What happened to fill you with joy?

This season is not always easy for people that we love.  Perhaps there has been a death (recent or not-so-recent), a broken relationship, challenges with addiction or other pain.  On Sunday, December 20, we will offer a Service of the Longest Night at 5 pm in the Northside Chapel.  This service is essentially a service of prayer and healing where the lighting of candles focuses our prayers.  Please reach out to those you love who may feel down this season and offer to come with them to this service.  You may find that you, too, are blessed by this time of quiet reflection and prayer!

I hope that each of you is using the Advent devotional calendar and that you will share our Facebook posts with your friends and neighbors.  Be sure to include an invitation to worship, especially on Christmas Eve:  4:30 Family Service; 7 pm Praise Band Service; 10 pm Service with our Chancel Choir.  We will have candlelight at all 3 services.

Blessings on you,

Wednesday Midweek Message - December 2, 2015

Dear Friends,

This week the scriptures are calling us to Imagine Peace.  As we light the second candle on our Advent wreath, the candle of Peace, consider the many ways that God has brought peace to you.  We all long for peace.  Some days we feel that life is out of control.  There is just too much demanding attention, too many things to do, too few hours in a day, too many things to think -- or maybe even worry -- about.  

But the Child born in Bethlehem is know as Prince of Peace.  And we, gifted as we are with God's image-ination, can imagine peace, live in peace, and be bringers of peace.  Come on Sunday to imagine along with your faith family!

And on Saturday, come for lunch!  This week is our Community Kitchen from 11:30 to 1 pm, and Lani and Mary are cooking up a wonderful lunch for us to share together.  Peace, as the song goes, begins with me, and where we reach out in community with our neighbors, peace develops and grows in the relationships built.  Come sit with those who live in our community -- some hungry, some lonely, some just wanting a lunch with somebody, some just looking for a little bit of acceptance and a friendly smile, some coming to enjoy a place at the table with the Family of God.  Saturday, December 5, 11:30 to 1 pm in the Asbury Fellowship Hall.

And if you haven't caught on yet, our Advent meditations are being posted on our website and Facebook as another outreach to the community.  Please like us on Facebook and share the posts with your friends.  Imagine how many people will be touched by the love of Christ if you just do this simple act of evangelism....

See you on Sunday!