FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24TH — CHRISTMAS EVE CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE SCHEDULE:
• • • ADAIR U.M.C. AT 5 P.M. • • •
• • • CASEY U.M.C. AT 9 P.M. • • •
We light the 5th Advent Candle.≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25TH —
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ CHRISTMAS DAY ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26TH —
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
It is still Christmastide! Keep singing Christmas hymns.
This is the last calendar Sunday of 2010.WE'RE HAVING A HYMN SING TODAY.
A psalm of thanksgiving for God's salvation
(deliverance from exile).
7 I'll make a list of God's gracious dealings, all the
things God has done that need praising, All the
generous bounties of God, his great goodness to the
family of Israel - Compassion lavished,
8 He said, "Without question these are my people,
children who would never betray me." So he became
9 In all their troubles, he was troubled, too. He didn't
send someone else to help them. He did it himself, in
person. Out of his own love and pity he redeemed
them. He rescued them and carried them along
for a long, long time.
PSALM 148 (UMH 861)
There is still war in Afghanistan, conflict in Iran and
Iraq, and Africa's Darfur region (indeed, much of
Sudan!) is far from settled. We pray for many of the
nations in the Middle East, including Israel and the
1 Hallelujah! Praise God from heaven, praise him
from the mountaintops; 2 Praise him, all you his angels, praise him, all you
his warriors,3 Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, you
morning stars;4 Praise him, high heaven, praise him, heavenly
rain clouds;5 Praise, oh let them praise the name of God - he
spoke the word, and there they were!
6 He set them in place from all time to eternity; He
gave his orders, and that's it!
7 Praise God from earth, you sea dragons, you
fathomless ocean deeps;8 Fire and hail, snow and ice, hurricanes obeying
9 Mountains and all hills, apple orchards and cedar
10 Wild beasts and herds of cattle, snakes, and birds
in flight;11 Earth's kings and all races, leaders and important
12 Robust men and women in their prime, and yes,
graybeards and little children.13 Let them praise the name of God - it's the only
Name worth praising. His radiance exceeds anything
in earth and sky;
14 he's built a monument - his very own people!
Praise from all who love God! Israel's children, intimate
friends of God. Hallelujah!
The theological importance of God becoming flesh
in Jesus Christ: to be made perfect through
suffering, to deliver us from the devil and the fear
10 It makes good sense that the God who got every-
thing started and keeps everything going, completes
the work by making the Salvation Pioneer perfect
through suffering as he leads all these people to glory.
11 Since the One who saves and those who are saved
have a common origin, Jesus doesn't hesitate to treat
them as family,
12 saying, I'll tell my good friends, my brothers and
sisters, all I know about you; I'll join them in worship
and praise to you.
13 Again, he puts himself in the same family circle
when he says, Even I live by placing my trust in God.
And yet again, I'm here with the children God gave me.
14 Since the children are made of flesh and blood,
it's logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in
order to rescue them by his death. By embracing
death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil's
hold on death
15 and freed all who cower through life, scared to death
16 It's obvious, of course, that he didn't go to all this
trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of
17 That's why he had to enter into every detail of human
life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to
get rid of the people's sins,
18 he would have already experienced it all himself -
all the pain, all the testing - and would be able to help
where help was needed.
We are fleeing with the holy family into Egypt.
Matthew tells of the deliverance of Jesus (escape
of the family to Egypt) and the slaughter of the
innocent children by King Herod. This reading
reveals the painful, never to be forgotten cost to
the families with infants and young children
(toddlers) in the region around Bethlehem.
13 After the scholars were gone, God's angel showed
up in Joseph's dream and commanded, "Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt.
Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for
this child, and wants to kill him."
14 Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his
mother under cover of darkness.
They were out of town and well on their way by daylight.
15 They lived in Egypt until Herod's death. This
Egyptian exile fulfilled what Hosea had preached:
"I called my son out of Egypt."
16 Herod, when he realized that the scholars had
tricked him, flew into a rage. He commanded the
murder of every little boy two years old and under who
lived in Bethlehem and its surrounding hills. (He
determined that age from information he'd gotten
from the scholars.)
17 That's when Jeremiah's sermon was fulfilled:
18 A sound was heard in Ramah, weeping and much
lament. Rachel weeping for her children, Rachel
refusing all solace, Her children gone, dead and buried.
19 Later, when Herod died, God's angel again
appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt:20 "Up, take the child and his mother and return to
Israel. All those out to murder the child are dead."
21 Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his
mother, and reentered Israel. 22 When he heard, though, that Archelaus had
succeeded his father, Herod, as king in Judea, he
was afraid to go there. But then Joseph was directed
in a dream to go to the hills of Galilee.
23 On arrival, he settled in the village of Nazareth.
This move was a fulfillment of the prophetic words,
"He shall be called a Nazarene." ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
MONDAY, DECEMBER 27TH —
Pastor Lynn's and Naomi's day off.
The office is closed today.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28TH —
NAOMI WILL BE WORKING MORNINGS THIS WEEK.
NO BIBLE STUDY THIS MORNING.
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 30TH —
NAOMI WILL BE IN THE OFFICE FROM 9 TIL NOON.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31ST —
NEW YEARS EVE. THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.SATURDAY, JANUARY 1ST —
NEW YEARS DAY
FUTURE FOCUS —
Confirmation classes will begin after the first of the
year for any student or adult who would like to
participate. The topics covered will be
"learning the story of Christian Faith", what it
means to "Confirm your Faith" and looking at
ways to "Live your Faith Commitment" your
If there are adults who would be interested in
exploring the "Credo" material as a
"Faith Formation Review" with night classes, we
will do Monday night in Casey and Tuesday night
Tuesday Morning Bible study in Adair and
Thursday Morning Bible study in Casey are
using the book "Christmas From the Backside"
written by J. Ellsworth Kalas.
We welcome all who are curious and all who
would like to share their impressions and views.
If you are looking for a credo to start the new year
with, this is rather nice —
• • Be kinder than necessary -
• • Everyone you meet is fighting
• • Some kind of battle.
• • Live simply,
• • Love generously,
• • Care deeply,
• • Speak kindly . . . . .
• • And leave the rest to God!
God Bless and Keep You,