On this cold, blustery morning I warmly invite you to join your church family in worship this Sunday morning, December 10. We'll gather around the theme presented to us in Mark 1:1-8. Mark's Gospel opens with John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness, proclaiming "good news" in such a way that some of us might not recognize it as good. This is the story of the advent of Jesus, and John's good news involves a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. You read that right. We'll be talking about repentance and forgiveness and sins this Sunday morning. I'm calling the sermon, Bad News, Good News, because that's what I'm hearing in John's message to the folks who came out to the River Jordan from Jerusalem and the whole Judean countryside to be baptized by him. Now, I want to be clear: It's not necessary for you to wear clothing made of camel's hair, or to eat locusts for breakfast before coming to church Sunday. (If you do, we'll have a spot reserved just for you in the front pew.) Regardless of your attire or what you eat for breakfast, I hope to see you here Sunday morning.
In addition to exploring this theme Sunday morning, we'll celebrate two baptisms. These occasions are always very meaningful for us as a congregation. Also, our Choir is going to sing the beautiful anthem, Waiting for Bethlehem's Light. And our Band will lead us in a couple terrific songs. Please join us if you can.
Just two more things: Our Women's Group will meet for coffee/breakfast and conversation this Saturday, December 9, at 9:00 a.m., at the Holiday Inn. All women of the church are warmly invited to be a part of this fun group. Finally, our annual Christmas Dinner, sponsored by our Board for Congregational Life, will happen this Saturday, December 9, in our Fellowship Hall. Dinner (appetizers?) will be served at 5:30 p.m. If you've not yet done so, please make your reservation by calling the church office soon.
Grace and Peace,
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief.
Do justly now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
but neither are you free to abandon it.
~ The Talmud