Sunday, December 21, 2014


R E M I N D E R S —
We have Holy Communion today.


ISAIAH 61:10-62:3
The prophet speaks of the restoration
of Jerusalem, and of its "vindication"
that "shines out like the dawn, and her
salvation shining like a burning torch."

10-11 I will sing for joy in God,
    explode in praise from deep in my
He dressed me up in a suit of salvation,
    he outfitted me in a robe of
As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo
    and a bride a jeweled tiara.
For as the earth bursts with spring wild
    and as a garden cascades with
So the Master, God, brings
righteousness into full bloom
    and puts praise on display before the
Look, Your Savior Comes!
1-5 Regarding Zion, I can’t keep my
mouth shut,
    regarding Jerusalem, I can’t hold my
Until her righteousness blazes down
like the sun
    and her salvation flames up like a
Foreign countries will see your
    and world leaders your glory.
You’ll get a brand-new name
    straight from the mouth of God.
You’ll be a stunning crown in the palm
of God’s hand,
    a jeweled gold cup held high in the
hand of your God.
No more will anyone call you Rejected,
    and your country will no more be
called Ruined.
You’ll be called Hephzibah (My Delight),
    and your land Beulah (Married),
Because God delights in you
    and your land will be like a wedding
For as a young man marries his virgin
    so your builder marries you,
And as a bridegroom is happy in his
    so your God is happy with you.
PSALM 148 (UMH 861)
All the orders of creation join in praise
to God.

1-5 Hallelujah!
Praise God from heaven,
    praise him from the mountaintops;     
Praise him, all you his angels,               
    praise him, all you his warriors,
Praise him, sun and moon,      
    praise him, you morning stars;     
Praise him, high heaven,
    praise him, heavenly rain clouds;        
Praise, oh let them praise the name of
    he spoke the word, and there they
6 He set them in place
    from all time to eternity;
He gave his orders,
    and that’s it!
7-12 Praise God from earth,
  you sea dragons, you fathomless      
ocean deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and ice,                   
  hurricanes obeying his orders;
Mountains and all hills,   
  apple orchards and cedar forests;
Wild beasts and herds of cattle, 
   snakes, and birds in flight;       
Earth’s kings and all races,
  leaders and important people,
Robust men and women in their prime,    
  and yes, graybeards and little children.     
13-14 Let them praise the name of God
   it’s the only Name worth praising.
His radiance exceeds anything in earth
and sky;
   he’s built a monument—his very own

Praise from all who love God!
   Israel’s children, intimate friends of
God's adoption of all baptized into
Christ makes us God's children and
heirs to promises of God's covenant.

4-7 But when the time arrived that was
set by God the Father, God sent his Son,
born among us of a woman, born under
the conditions of the law so that he
might redeem those of us who have
been kidnapped by the law. Thus we
have been set free to experience our
rightful heritage. You can tell for sure
that you are now fully adopted as his
own children because God sent the
Spirit of his Son into our lives crying
out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that
privilege of intimate conversation with
God make it plain that you are not a
slave, but a child? If you are a child,
you’re also an heir, with complete
access to the inheritance.
LUKE 2:22-40
Luke describes the song (Simeon) and
the prophecy (Anna) that accompany
the presentation of Jesus at the temple
at the time of his family's offering of the
sacrifice for the firstborn.

22-24 Then when the days stipulated by
Moses for purification were complete,
they took him up to Jerusalem to offer                  
him to God as commanded in God’s          
Law: “Every male who opens the womb
shall be a holy offering to God,” and
also to sacrifice the “pair of doves or
two young pigeons” prescribed in
God’s Law.

25-32 In Jerusalem at the time, there
was a man, Simeon by name, a good
man, a man who lived in the prayerful
expectancy of help for Israel. And the
Holy Spirit was on him. The Holy Spirit
had shown him that he would see the  
Messiah of God before he died. Led by
the Spirit, he entered the Temple. As the
parents of the child Jesus brought him
in to carry out the rituals of the Law,
Simeon took him into his arms and
blessed God:
   God, you can now release your servant;
    release me in peace as you promised.
With my own eyes I’ve seen your
    it’s now out in the open for everyone
to see:
A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish
    and of glory for your people Israel.

33-35 Jesus’ father and mother were
speechless with surprise at these
words. Simeon went on to bless them,
and said to Mary his mother,

This child marks both the failure and
    the recovery of many in Israel,
A figure misunderstood and
    the pain of a sword-thrust through
But the rejection will force honesty,
    as God reveals who they really are.

36-38 Anna the prophetess was also
there, a daughter of Phanuel from the
tribe of Asher. She was by now a very
old woman. She was married for seven
years and a widow for eighty-four.
She never left the Temple area,
worshiping night and day with her
fastings and prayers. At the very time
Simeon was praying, she showed up,
broke into an anthem of praise to God,
and talked about the child to all who
were waiting expectantly for the freeing
of Jerusalem.

39-40 When they finished everything
required by God in the Law, they
returned to Galilee and their own town,
Nazareth. There the child grew strong
in body and wise in spirit. And the
grace of God was on him.
• 1732 - "The Pennsylvania Gazette,"
owned by Benjamin Franklin, ran an ad
for the first issue of "Poor Richard’s
• 1832 - John C. Calhoun became the
first vice president of the United States
to resign, stepping down over
differences with President Jackson.
• 1846 - Iowa became the 29th state to
be admitted to the Union.
• 1879 - In Dundee, Scotland the central
portion of the Tay Bridge collapsed as a
train was passing over it. 75 people
were killed.
• 1908 - An earthquake at Messina in
Sicily killed over 75,000 people.
• 1945 - The U.S. Congress officially
recognized the "Pledge of Allegiance."
• 1991 - Nine people died in a rush to get
into a basketball game at City College in
New York City.     
Happy Birthday Dorothy Dillinger!
Happy Birthday Randy Carney!
Happy Birthday Jason Hall!
• 1813 - The British burned Buffalo, New
York, during the War of 1812.
• 1845 - U.S. President James Polk
signed legislation making Texas the 28th
state of the United States.
• 1851 - The first American Young Men's
Christian Association (YMCA) was
organized, in Boston, Massachusetts.
• 1940 - Germany began dropping
incendiary bombs on London during
World War II.
• 1997 - Hong Kong began killing 1.25
million chickens, the entire population,
to halt the spread of 'bird flu'. 
• 1853 - The United States bought about
45,000 square miles of land from Mexico
in a deal known as the Gadsden
• 1922 - The Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics (USSR) was formed.
• 1924 - Edwin Hubble announced the
existence of other galactic systems.
• 1940 - California's first freeway was
officially opened. It was the Arroyo Seco
Parkway connecting Los Angeles and
• 1953 - The first color TV sets went on
sale for about $1,175.
• 1980 -"The Wonderful World of Disney"
was cancelled by NBC after more than
25 years on the TV. It was the longest
running series in prime-time television.    
Happy Anniversary
Ray and Sara Young!
This is Watch Night
• 1695 - The window tax was imposed in
England, which resulted in a great many
windows being bricked up.
• 1857 - Britain's Queen Victoria decided
to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
• 1862 - U.S. President Lincoln signed an
act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
• 1891 - New York's new Immigration
Depot was opened at Ellis Island, to
provide improved facilities for the
massive numbers of new arrivals to the
United States.
• 1897 - Brooklyn, New York, spent its
last day as a separate city before it
became part of New York City.
• 1929 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal
Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as
a New Year's Eve song for the first time.
• 1946 - U.S. President Truman officially
proclaimed the end of World War II
• 1961 - In the United States, the Marshall
Plan expired after distributing more than
$12 billion in foreign aid.    
• 1996 - NCR Corporation became an
independent company. NCR Corporation
(formerly National Cash Register) is a
US-based computer software, hardware
and electronics company that provides
products and services for businesses all
over the world. 
NCR was founded in 1884 in Ohio.
• 1999 - Sarah Knauss died at the age of
119 years. Sarah was the world's oldest
person. She was born Sept. 24, 1880. 

May happiness and prosperity be yours
throughout the new year!
Happy Birthday Devin Hunter!
Happy Birthday Stephen Sheeder!
• 0404 - The last gladiator competition
was held in the Colosseum Rome. 
• 1622 - The Papal Chancery adopted
January 1st as the beginning of the New
Year (instead of March 25th).
• 1797 - Albany became the capital of
New York state, replacing New York City.
• 1808 - The United States prohibited
importation of slaves from Africa.
• 1863 - U.S. President Lincoln signed
the Emancipation Proclamation, which
declared that all slaves in rebel states
were free.
• 1898 - Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn,
Queens and Staten Island were all
consolidated into New York City.
• 1901 - The Commonwealth of Australia
was founded. Lord Hopetoun officially
assumed the duties as the first
• 1902 - The first Tournament of Roses
(Rose Bowl) collegiate football game
was played in Pasadena, California.
• 1909 - The first payments of old-age
pensions were made in Britain. People
over 70 received five shillings a week.
(about .46 cents)
• 1934 - Alcatraz Island officially became
a Federal Prison.
• 1942 - U.S. President Franklin D.
Roosevelt and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill issued a declaration
called the "United Nations." It was
signed by 26 countries that vowed to
create an international postwar World
War II peacekeeping organization.
• 1959 - Fidel Castro overthrew the
government of Fulgencio Batista, and
seized power in Cuba.
• 1995 - The World Trade Organization
came into existence. This group of 125
nations would monitor global trade.   
• 1492 - The leader of the last Arab
stronghold in Spain surrendered to the
Spanish forces of King Ferdinand II and
Queen Isabella I.
• 1788 - Georgia became the 4th state to
ratify the U.S. Constitution.
• 1842 - In Fairmount, Pennsylvania, the
first wire suspension bridge was open
to traffic.
• 1872 - Brigham Young, the 71-year-old
leader of the Mormon Church, was
arrested on a charge of bigamy. He had
25 wives.
• 1892 - Ellis Island opened as America's
first federal immigration center. Annie
Moore, at age 15, became the very first
person to pass through.
• 1910 - The first junior high school in
the United States opened.  McKinley
School in Berkeley, CA, housed seventh
and eighth grade students. In a separate
building students were housed who
attended grades 9-12.
• 1929 - The United States and Canada
reached an agreement of joint action to
preserve Niagara Falls.
• 1998 - Russia began circulating new
rubles in effort to keep inflation in check
and promote confidence.    
Happy Birthday Sadie Peterson!
• 1496 - References in Leonardo da Vinci
notebooks suggest that he tested his
flying machine today. The test did not
succeed and he didn't try to fly again for
several years.
• 1521 - Pope Leo X excommunicated
Martin Luther.
• 1823 - Stephen F. Austin received a
grant from the Mexican government and
began colonization in the region of the
Brazos River in Texas.
• 1833 - England seized control of the
Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.
About 150 years later, Argentina seized
the islands from the British, but England
took them back after a 74-day war.  
• 1924 - English explorer Howard Carter
discovered the sarcophagus of King
Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings,
near Luxor, Egypt.
• 1925 - In Italy, Mussolini announced
that he would take dictatorial powers.
• 1938 - The March of Dimes was
established by U.S. President Franklin
Delano Roosevelt. This organization
fights poliomyelitis. The original name
of the organization was the National
Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
• 1959 - In the United States, Alaska
became the 49th state.
• 1962 - Pope John XXIII
excommunicated Cuban prime minister
Fidel Castro.    

Thank you for your help this week.
You do make the wheels turn you know.

God Bless and Keep You,

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