St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Doors.
The Pumpkin Church
Welcome to St. Andrew United Methodist Church!
Our Mission Statement
St. Andrew United Methodist Church strives to be a family of caring, nurturing followers of Jesus
Christ welcoming all those seeking to know and grow in God’s service.
10:45 Young Adults
8:30am Traditional (Sanctuary)
9:30am Blended Contemporary (Keheley Center)
10:45am Traditional (Sanctuary)
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Nov 26th @ 6pm ~Pack Boxes
Nov 27th @ 9am ~ Deliver Food Baskets
Celebrate the Holidays at
St. Andrew UMC
Special Worship Services
Guest Preacher—Rev. Joe Peabody
Hanging of the Greens at 10:45am
Commitment Sunday at all
Christmas Eve Services
One Worship service at 10:00am
No Sunday School
November 24th, 2013
8:30 & 10:45 -Rev. Riley
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:11-20
Why do we fail to give thanks to the God of our creation?
1. We are sometimes guilty of the sin of forgetfulness of God.
2. There are times when we have been guilty of the sin of
thoughtlessness toward God.
3. Sometimes we are guilty of the sin of ingratitude toward God.
9:30 Service-Rev. Phillips
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
Sermon: "Dancing For Joy"
1. Gratitude ought to be the dominant theme of our lives
2. And not just when things are going your way
3. Gratitude is an acknowledgement of our dependence on God
The Simple Gifts of Advent/Christmas
Looking back on “Black Friday” this year, I was bothered, as I’m sure you were, at people fighting, pushing and shoving to attain “bargains.” I was wondering if these people had ever heard the phrase, “peace on earth, good will toward all people!” I even read about a wealthy person in another city who had planned to hire people from a temp agency to stand in line to purchase gifts for his children and grandchildren, only cancelling the plan when an outcry arose (presumably from jealous shoppers who couldn’t afford to hire stand ins.)
I am not decrying gifts or shopping. There are many wonderful ways to show our love and appreciation for one another. Many of them involve some form of gift. Jesus was the recipient of gifts throughout his life, beginning with the gifts of the magi all the way to the gift of anointing prior to his crucifixion.
As we move closer to Christmas, my suggestion is that we contemplate simpler gifts this year. Though it is not a “Christmas Song”, The shaker hymn Simple Gifts, written in 1848 by Elder Joseph bracket, Jr. conveys the spirit of this Advent/Christmas season. Sing it to the tune of “Lord of the Dance” And prepare your hearts and lives for the weeks ahead:
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be free,
‘tis the gift to come down where you ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.
(refrain) When true simplicity is gained, to bow and bend we shan’t be ashamed. To turn, turn will be our delight, ‘til by turning, turning we come round right.
‘Tis the gift to be loved and that love to return,
‘Tis the gift to be taught and a richer gift to learn, and when we expect of others what we try to live each day, then we’ll all live together and will all learn to say,
(refrain) ‘Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,
‘Tis the gift to think of others not only think of “me”
And when we hear what others really think and really feel,
Then we’ll all live together with a love that is real. (refrain)
God Bless You & Merry Christmas!
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