Over The Coffee - Dec 2016

The days are short, the nights long. The darkness descends early and the light sof Christmas decorations on houses bring a glow to the early evening. The air has been warm enough to enjoy walking outside, although the past week has given us a hint of the winter to come. This is a wonderful time of the year. The light of the world is coming! The season of Advent allows us to think again of that period of hope and anticipation that the people of God felt in their best moments; though crushing disappointments and doubts cast a shadow across much of that time. In the fullness o ftime, Paul tells us, God sent forth His Son.  The readings for the Second Sunday of Advent through Christmas Day are as

follows:

Dec. 4 Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

Dec. 11 Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11

Dec. 18 Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

Dec. 25 Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20

The Scripture for each week's message and sermon title this month are as follows:

Dec. 4 Matthew 3:1-12 “A Voice in a Desolate Place”

Dec. 11 Matthew 11:2-11 “Reports from the Front”

Dec. 18 Matthew 1:18-25 “The First Christmas – Joseph and Mary”

Dec. 25 Luke 2:1-20 “The First Christmas Pageant”

On December 21st we will meet at the normal Bible study time of 11:00 a.m.,but we will practice some carols for a few minutes and then go out caroling to some of our home-bound members. All are invited to participate in this annual time of sharing, and we will once again go to lunch in the neighborhood afterwards. Blessings to you and yours during this Advent and Christmas season.

Pastor Cy