Jane Blair shared this excellent idea with us: A simple way to help a neighbor in need during the Advent season!
“Preparation, Patience and Perseverance” 12/11/16 Scripture: Mt 25:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-13 by Rev. Laurie Williams
As you know, we have now entered the third week of Advent- already. Time sure does fly! I don’t know about you but I’m done with my shopping. I haven’t wrapped anything yet but I have finished buying Christmas presents. I do know that this can be a very hectic time in the lives of people who celebrate Christmas whether it has religious meaning for them or not. We run around shopping, decorating, baking cookies and special meals, going to choral concerts and puppet musicals, having Christmas parties, and for some of us, preparing for arrival of family and friends. In all that hustle and bustle the importance of the season of Advent may get lost on us. During this season it is vital for the Christian to prepare, be patient and persevere. […]
“When We’re Stumped” 12-13-15 Rodger Allen Isaiah 11:1-10 & Isaiah 2: 1-5 The country of Assyria loomed like a dark shadow threatening Israel for many years, years during which several books of the Old Testament were written. So as we read books like Amos and Hosea and Isaiah, we do so knowing that lurking in the background is this monster Assyria. It was a large nation, and a powerful one, and one bent on expansion and domination. It had a mighty army, and a desire to conquer more and more territory and enslave the inhabitants. And it was a cruel nation, intimidating those whom it conquered through threat and torture and death. […]