The next Paris Christian Youth Fellowship event is roller skating at the Paris Roller Rink, from 1:00 to 3:00 Sunday, Jan. 20. Youth grades 8 to 12 are invited to attend. Please bring $5 for skating and money for snacks, if you can.
May the grace of God, the love of Jesus, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit fill your life to overflowing this year!
Well, it’s been quite a month of celebrations, hasn’t it? We’ve had all the festivities leading up to Christmas: Advent, decorating, shopping for Christmas presents, wrapping all those presents; an Advent choral service, a puppet Christmas musical, our party in the Assembly Room, caroling, a variety of mission and giving projects. We went to malls, and rehearsals, and grocery stores, to get ready. Maybe you went to “Holiday in the Park” at Twin Lakes to see the displays, to help you get in the “Christmas Spirit” – did you see those wonderful red doors and stained glass windows right near the entrance? Or maybe you drove around to find houses with elaborate Christmas displays – or maybe put an elaborate display on your own house! […]
We welcome Rev. Cynthia Harris and thank her for coming to lead us in worship Sunday, December 30. Rev. Harris is a Chaplain with the Veterans Administration Health Care System in Danville. She previously served as a Pastor at a church in Kentucky, and is a graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary.
“Whom Do You Magnify?” 12/16/18/3rd Sunday of Advent/Scripture: Ps. 99:1-5; Lk. 1:46-55/by Rev. Laurie Williams
Mary’s Song, also known as The Magnificat, could probably stand alone, it is so powerful. The Magnificat magnifies the Lord in abundant thanksgiving. Important meaning to lives of faith is embedded throughout. We, who all have enough to live on adequately or well beyond, may get a little nervous over this song’s focus on the poor and downtrodden. Mary sang this song after she went to visit her relative, Elizabeth, after the angel Gabriel came to her giving her the news that she would be impregnated with a son who would become the Messiah. Elizabeth recognized that Mary’s baby would be a very special baby. She became quite emotional as she cries out to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” […]