WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH —
ADAIR U.M.W. MEETS AT NOON TODAY
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH —
CHRISTMAS MALL IS OPEN TODAY AT
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8TH —
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
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ADAIR-CASEY SCHOOL MUSIC DEPT.
HAS THE ANNUAL CHURCH TOUR TODAY.
THEY WILL SING FOR BOTH CHURCHES.
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
We focus on the righteousness and justice
God calls for, creates, and then re-creates.
Isaiah prophesies a righteous ruler out of
the stump of Jesse. Here, the hope is
God’s promised new ruler, a “new David”
springing from the lineage of Jesse, who
would lead everyone and everything in
creation to live in peace with one another,
posing no threat to anyone.
1-5 A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse's
stump, from his roots a budding Branch.
The life-giving Spirit of God will hover
the Spirit that brings wisdom and under-
The Spirit that gives direction and builds
the Spirit that instills knowledge and
Fear-of-God will be all his joy
He won't judge by appearances,
won't decide on the basis of hearsay.
He'll judge the needy by what is right,
render decisions on earth's poor with
His words will bring everyone to awed
A mere breath from his lips will topple
Each morning he'll pull on sturdy work
clothes and boots,
and build righteousness and faithfulness
in the land.
A LIVING KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
6-9 The wolf will romp with the lamb,
and a little child will tend them.
Cow and bear will graze the same pasture,
and the lion eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child will crawl over rattle-
the toddler stick his hand down the hole
of a serpent.
Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill
on my holy mountain.
The whole earth will be brimming with
a living knowledge of God ocean-deep,
10 On that day, Jesse's Root will be raised
high, posted as a rallying banner for the
peoples. The nations will all come to him.
His headquarters will be glorious.
PSALM 72:1-7, 18-19
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A psalm in praise and intercession for a
righteous king, such as the one foretold
A SOLOMON PSALM
1-8 Give the gift of wise rule to the king,
O God, the gift of just rule to the crown
May he judge your people rightly,
be honorable to your meek and lowly.
Let the mountains give exuberant
shape the hills with the contours of
Please stand up for the poor,
help the children of the needy,
come down hard on the cruel tyrants.
Outlast the sun, outlive the moon—
age after age after age.
Be rainfall on cut grass,
earth-refreshing rain showers.
and peace abound until the moon
fades to nothing.
Rule from sea to sea,
from the River to the Rim.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Paul’s last words to the Christian people
who gathered in home churches of Rome.
The heart of his letter, and this summary,
was to invite the Christians of Rome to
continue to be a living experiment in a
Jewish - Gentile community drawn into
one body in Jesus Christ.
“Live in harmony, with one voice glorify
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our God is the God of hope for all, not
just “our own little group.”
Significant human differences of culture,
language, politics, age and ethnicity will
naturally drive people apart. The power
of Christ draws everyone together,
despite all of these differences.
3-6 That's exactly what Jesus did. He
didn't make it easy for himself by avoiding
people's troubles, but waded right in and
helped out. "I took on the troubles of the
troubled," is the way Scripture puts it.
Even if it was written in Scripture long ago,
you can be sure it's written for us. God
wants the combination of his steady,
constant calling and warm, personal
counsel in Scripture to come to
characterize us, keeping us alert for what-
ever he will do next. May our dependably
steady and warmly personal God develop
maturity in you so that you get along with
each other as well as Jesus gets along
with us all. Then we'll be a choir—not our
voices only, but our very lives singing in
harmony in a stunning anthem to the God
and Father of our Master Jesus!
7-13 So reach out and welcome one
another to God's glory. Jesus did it; now
you do it! Jesus, staying true to God's
purposes, reached out in a special way to
the Jewish insiders so that the old
ancestral promises would come true for
them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders
have been able to experience mercy and to
show appreciation to God. Just think of all
the Scriptures that will come true in what
we do! For instance:
Then I'll join outsiders in a hymn-sing;
I'll sing to your name!
And this one:
Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together!
People of all nations, celebrate God!
All colors and races, give hearty praise!
And Isaiah's word:
There's the root of our ancestor Jesse,
breaking through the earth and
growing tree tall,
see and take hope!
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up
with joy, fill you up with peace, so that
your believing lives, filled with the life
giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim
over with hope!
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
We come full circle from the end of the
ministry of Jesus last week to a beginning
of the ministry of John the Baptist today.
John the Baptist often appears out in the
wilderness proclaiming repentance and
offering baptism as preparation for the
approaching kingdom of God. God has
already begun a new way of relating to the
people of the world . . . a call for all human
relationships to change. We certainly can
have no illusions that peace among all
nations, is anything but a miraculous gift
of the Spirit that we are invited to live in
and to sustain.
There are likely people in our very own
congregation who are good at bringing
people together across a maze of discord,
disagreements and disputes.
THUNDER IN THE DESERT!
hills, John, called "the Baptizer," was
preaching in the desert country of Judea.
His message was simple and austere, like
his desert surroundings: "Change your
life. God's kingdom is here."
3 John and his message were authorized
by Isaiah's prophecy:
Thunder in the desert!
Prepare for God's arrival!
Make the road smooth and straight!
4-6 John dressed in a camel-hair habit tied
at the waist by a leather strap. He lived on
a diet of locusts and wild field honey.
People poured out of Jerusalem, Judea,
and the Jordanian countryside to hear and
see him in action. There at the Jordan
River those who came to confess their
sins were baptized into a changed life.
7-10 When John realized that a lot of
Pharisees and Sadducees were showing
up for a baptismal experience because it
was becoming the popular thing to do, he
exploded: "Brood of snakes! What do you
think you're doing slithering down here to
the river? Do you think a little water on
your snakeskins is going to make any
difference? It's your life that must change,
not your skin! And don't think you can pull
rank by claiming Abraham as father. Being
a descendant of Abraham is neither here
nor there. Descendants of Abraham are a
dime a dozen. What counts is your life. Is
it green and blossoming? Because if it's
deadwood, it goes on the fire.
11-12 "I'm baptizing you here in the river,
turning your old life in for a kingdom life.
The real action comes next: The main
character in this drama—compared to him
I'm a mere stagehand—will ignite the king-
dom life within you, a fire within you, the
Holy Spirit within you, changing you from
the inside out. He's going to clean house -
make a clean sweep of your lives. He'll
place everything true in its proper place
before God; everything false he'll put out
with the trash to be burned."
• 1765 - Eli Whitney was born in Westboro,
MA. Whitney invented the cotton gin and
developed the concept of mass
production of interchangeable parts.
• 1776 - George Washington's retreating
army in the American Revolution crossed
the Delaware River from New Jersey into
• 1863 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
announced his plan for the Reconstruction
of the South.
• 1941 - The United States entered World
War II when it declared war against Japan.
The act came one day after the Japanese
attacked Pearl Harbor.
• 1949 - Chinese Nationalist government
moved from the Chinese mainland to
Formosa due to Communist pressure.
• 1953 - Los Angeles became the third
largest city in the United States.
New York was #1, Chicago was #2.
• 1987 - The "intefadeh" (uprising) by
Palestinians in all the Israeli occupied
• 1991 - Russia, Byelorussia and Ukraine
declared the Soviet national government
to be dead. They forged a new alliance to
be known as the Commonwealth of
• 1999 - In Memphis, TN, a jury found that
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been the
victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not
a lone assassin.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH —
OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
Happy Birthday Jamie Noland!————————————————————
• 1803 - The 12th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution was passed by the U.S.
Congress. With the amendment Electors
were directed to vote for a President and
for a Vice-President.
• 1884 - Levant M. Richardson received a
patent for the ball-bearing roller skate.
• 1917 - Turkish troops surrendered
Jerusalem to British troops led by
• 1941 - China declared war on Japan,
Germany and Italy.
• 1960 - Sperry Rand Corporation unveiled
a new computer, known as "Univac 1107."
The computer weighed 15,000 pounds,
required 20 feet by 24 feet of floor space
plus a 900 pound air conditioner.
• 1975 - U.S. President Gerald R. Ford
signed a $2.3 billion loan authorization to
prevent New York City from default.
• 1983 - NATO foreign ministers called on
the Soviet Union to join in a
"comprehensive political dialogue" to
ease tensions in the world.
• 1990 - Lech Walesa won Poland's first
direct presidential election in the
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH —
• 1520 - Martin Luther publicly burned
the papal edict. The papacy demanded
that he recant or face excommunication.
Luther refused and was formally expelled
from the church in January 1521.
• 1817 - Mississippi was admitted to the
Union as the 20th American state.
• 1851 - American librarian Melvil Dewey
was born. He created the "Dewey Decimal
• 1869 - Women were granted the right to
vote in the Wyoming Territory.
• 1906 - U.S. President Theodore
Roosevelt became the first American to
be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for
helping mediate an end to the Russo-
• 1941 - Japan invaded the Philippines.
• 1948 - The United Nations General
Assembly adopted a Universal
Declaration on Human Rights.
• 1950 - Dr. Ralph J. Bunche was presented
the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the first
African-American to receive the award.
Bunche was awarded the prize for
mediating conflict between Israel and
neighboring Arab states.
• 1964 - In Oslo, Norway, Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.
He received it for solving problems
without violence. At 35 years old, he was
the youngest person to receive the award.
• 1984 - South African Bishop Desmond
Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH —
Happy Birthday Glenda Moore!
A-C FOOD PANTRY WILL BE OPEN IN
CASEY U.M.C. - FROM 9 TO 11 A.M.
• 1816 - Indiana was admitted to the Union
as the 19th American state.
• 1844 - Dr. Horace Wells became the first
person to have a tooth extracted after
receiving an anesthetic for the dental
procedure. Nitrous Oxide, was the
• 1930 - The Bank of the United States in
New York failed.
• 1936 - Britain's King Edward VIII
abdicated in order to marry American
Wallis Warfield Simpson. He became the
Duke of Windsor.
• 1941 - Germany and Italy declared war
on the United States. The U.S in turn
declared war on the two countries.
• 1991 - Salman Rushdie, under an Islamic
death sentence for blasphemy, made his
first public appearance since 1989 in
New York, marking the 200th anniversary
of the First Amendment (that guarantees
freedom of speech in the U.S.).
• 2001 - Ted Turner purchased 12,000 acres
of land in Nebraska. Turner, now owns
more than 2 million acres and 16 ranches
in seven states – Colorado, Kansas,
Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South
Dakota, and Oklahoma.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12TH —
• 1787 - Pennsylvania became the second
state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
• 1792 - In Vienna, 22-year-old Ludwig von
Beethoven received one of his first
lessons in music composition from
Franz Joseph Haydn.
• 1800 - Washington, DC, was established
as the capital of the United States.
• 1870 - Joseph H. Rainey of South
Carolina became the first black law
maker to be sworn into the U.S. House
• 1917 - Father Edward Flanagan opened
Boys Town in Nebraska. The farm village
was for wayward boys. In 1979 it was
opened to girls.
• 1946 - A United Nations committee voted
to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan
real estate to be the site of the UN's
headquarters. The land was offered as a
gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr.
• 1955 - It was announced that the Ford
Foundation gave $500,000,000 to private
hospitals, colleges and medical schools.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH —
• 1577 - Five ships under the command of
Sir Francis Drake left Plymouth, England,
to embark on Drake's circumnavigation
of the globe. The journey took almost
• 1636 - The United States National Guard
was created when militia regiments were
organized by the General Court of the
Massachusetts Bay Colony.
• 1642 - New Zealand was discovered by
Dutch navigator Abel Tasman.
• 1862 - In America, an estimated 11,000
Northern soldiers were killed or wounded
when Union forces were defeated by the
Confederates under General Robert E.
Lee, at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
• 1913 - It was announced by authorities
in Florence, Italy, that the "Mona Lisa"
had been recovered. The work was
stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris
• 1964 - In El Paso, TX, President Johnson
and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz
Ordaz set off an explosion that diverted
the Rio Grande River, reshaping the U.S.
- Mexican border. This ended a century
old border dispute.
• 1989 - South African President F. W. de
Klerk met for the first time with
imprisoned African National Congress
leader Nelson Mandela.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH —
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY WILL BE IN
CASEY COMMUNITY BUILDING - FROM
9 A.M. to 11 A.M.
• • VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE FOR SET UP
AT 8:30 A.M. • •
CHRISTMAS MALL IN CASEY U.M.C.
FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. ————————————————————
Happy Birthday Larry Vais!
• 1503 - Physician, astrologer and
clairvoyant Nostradamus was born at
St. Remy, Provence, France.
• 1799 - The first president of the United
States, George Washington, died at the
age of 67.
• 1819 - Alabama joined the Union as the
• 1903 - Orville Wright made the first
attempt at powered flight. The engine
stalled during take-off and the plane was
damaged in the attempt. Three days
later, after repairs were made, the latest
aviation age was born when the plane
stayed aloft for 12 seconds and flew
• 1997 - Cuban President Fidel Castro
declared Christmas 1997 an official
holiday to ensure the success of Pope
John Paul II's upcoming visit to Cuba.
• 1998 - Hundreds of Palestinian leaders
renounced a call for the destruction of
• 1999 - U.S. and German negotiators
agreed to establish a $5.2 billion fund for
Nazi-era slave and forced laborers.
• 2001 - The first commercial export,
since 1963, of U.S. food to Cuba began.
24,000 metric tons for corn were being
sent to replenish what was lost when
Hurricane Michelle struck November 4.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15TH —
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM IN
ADAIR U.M.C. During Worship Service.
by Dean and Pastor Melodee.
Caroling in Adair and Casey following
Thank you for your help and support
this week. You are a part of the anatomy
of this church. Your contributions are
precious and we need them.
God Bless and Keep You,