This coming Sunday (January 27, 2018), I’ll be kicking off a new sermon series titled “Confirmation for Adults.” This being the first Sunday, I’m going to start with a sermon about the nature of the Triune God we worship. We’ll also have a piano special (at the 10:30 service) from Todd Gugler. Hope to see you there.
Jenny and I are happy to be back from the Orders and Fellowship Meeting in Kansas City. We’re gearing up for this Sunday (January 20, 2018) when I’ll be preaching about how Jesus turns water into wine in our everyday lives (my text is John 2:1-12). We hope to see you there.
This Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2018, we’ll be having three services one at 2:00 p.m., one at 7:00 p.m. and one at 11:00 p.m. All three services will be the same except for different pieces of special music.
We’re already well into Advent, but here’s the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany Hymn Schedule for 2018-2019:
December 2, 2018 — First Sunday of Advent
202 People Look East
3047 God Almighty, We Are Waiting
211 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Vss 1-4)
196 Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
December 9, 2018 — Second Sunday of Advent
206 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
234 O Come, All Ye Faithful
211 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Vss 1, 5-6)
203 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
December 16, 2018 — Third Sunday of Advent
238 Angels We Have Heard on High
249 There’s a Song in the Air
2095 Star Child (Vss 1-4)
216 Lo, How a Rose Er Blooming
December 23, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
229 Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
220 Angels From the Realms of Glory
198 My Soul Gives Glory to My God
219 What Child is This
December 24, 2017 — Christmas Eve
240 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
246 Joy to the World
217 Away in a Manger
239 Silent Night
December 30, 2018 — First Sunday after Christmas Day
196 Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
227 The Friendly Beasts
230 O Little Town of Bethlehem
221 In the Bleak Midwinter
3052 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
228 He is Born, the Holy Child
218 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
219 What Child is This*
251 Go Tell it on the Mountain
January 6, 2018 — Epiphany of the Lord
220 Angels From the Realms of Glory*
237 Sing We Now of Christmas, vss 1, 3, 4, 5
254 We Three Kings
245 The First Noel
*Indicates a repeat hymn.
This Sunday (December 9, 2018), the children and youth will be presenting the Get the Story Straight Christmas Pageant at both worship services.
The cast and crew are as follows:
Mary — Emily Vinduska
Sheep — Carson Woodworth and Cameron Vinduska
Narrator — Jensen Woodworth
Joseph — Jackson Green
Angels — Liz Collins, Audrey Unruh, Yui Nishimura, Anna Holt, Cora Vinduska
Shepherds — Hailey Vinduska and Ethan Gonzales
Magi — Eyler Holt, Jack Hunter, Braden Adams
King Herod — Miller Unruh
Slides — Tyler Green
Hope to see you there.
We have a lot going on this coming Sunday (November 18, 2018). We’ll have two pieces of special music: one from the Ring Praise Youth Bell Choir and another from Jackson Welsh. We’ll also be welcoming John, Cecilia, and Joy Clemence into membership. I’m even excited about the sermon. I’ll be preaching on Mark 12:38-44.
This Sunday, I (John) will be preaching on John 3:1-17 with a particular focus on the familiar sixteenth verse. However, I’ll be doing this within the context of retelling the entire biblical narrative. Don’t worry though, I practiced this sermon on my mom, and it only went for 20 minutes.
Mark Holland is coming to present the One Church Plan this evening (Wednesday, October 17, 2018) at 6:30, but we will still have our regular (short) communion service at 6:00 p.m.
In last Sunday’s Stewardship Moment, I referenced expensive golf clubs (I also referred the expense of one of my own hobbies). I was sorry to hear that someone felt that I was looking directly at them. If I was, I don’t remember doing so and didn’t intend to do so. I bring this up to make a more significant point. If there’s something that I think needs to be said to you individually, I’ll say it to you personally. As far as I can remember, I’ve never singled out an individual for criticism from the pulpit, and I believe that doing so would be an abuse of power. That said, it may sometimes be the case that something I say hits home for you. If so, I would encourage you to follow Christian tradition and
blame that on attribute that to the Holy Spirit. In my life, the Spirit does that kind of thing on an annoyingly regular basis.
We have a big day in worship tomorrow (Sunday, August 19, 2018). We’ll be blessing students and backpacks as well as teachers and administrators. We’ll also be taking time for the presentation of Bibles.
This coming Sunday (August 5, 2018), we’ll be celebrating Camp Sunday. We’ll have messages from our campers and we’re encouraging everyone to dress in camp gear (John and I will be wearing Camp Horizon t-shirts). If you prefer, you can observe our traditional “Fair Sunday” and come in western wear. (Either way, we know that this will be just another Sunday for some of you—and we’re fine with that.)