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Friday, February 26, 2010

Sunday lessons and sermon

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
I hope you and those you love are well.  Below you will find the sermon title and lessons for Sunday, February 28.
Sermon title:  Love's True Prophet
Psalm 118:  This is a psalm of ascension (when going to Jerusalem, it is always uphill).  As our ancestors made their way to Jerusalem to share in special celebrations.  In the Gospel lesson Jesus quotes Psalm 118:26 (Luke 13:35).
Since this psalm was chanted responsively by our ancerstors as they made their way to Jerusalem, read it out loud.  If possible, read it with someone else, taking turn reading alternating verses.  
Hebrews 1:1-4:  What does it mean to say that God, who spoke to us through prophets, now speaks to us through God's Son, Jesus?
Luke 13:31-35:  This is a challenging text to intperpret because some things really are not clear.  For example, did Herod really want to kill Jesus?  Remember, this Herod is not the same one responsible for the slaughter of the innocents.  In the other instances where he is mentioned it is not clear that he has any animosity towards Jesus.  Given this question, what is the real agenda of the Pharisees mentioned?  What are they up to?  And, remember, the Pharisees were a group of people, not all of whom were of one mind--and certainly not of one disposition towards Jesus.  So it's hard to say "All Pharisees are like this..."
And, what does Jesus mean when he calls Herod a fox?  What does Jesus mean when he compares himself to a mother hen trying to shelter and protect her chicks?  What does he have in mind when he says these things?  In saying them, is Jesus in some way interpreting what will happen in Jerusalem, namely, his death? 
As we prepare for worship this Sunday, think of God's wondrous love that is demonstrated on the cross, in the outstretched arms that were pierced for our transgressions.  Are those arms, indeed, like those of a mother hen trying to shelter her chicks?
See you Sunday!

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pancake Supper and Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
Just a reminder of the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper tomorrow at 6:00 PM, and the Ash Wednesday worship service at 6:30 PM.
I hope you and your loved ones and friends can share in these opportunities.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Water Missions International

Thank you all for your generous support of the youth's Souper Bowl of Caring luncheon last Sunday. 
Last night the youth went to Water Missions International to present to them in person the check for $760.00!!!
We also received a wonderful tour of the facility and heard the story of how Water Missions started. 
Thank you for supporting the youth of our church and enabling them to ...
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Haiti sale Saturday

Remember, this Saturday, Feb. 13, the Women of St. A's are hosting a sale of crafts and art work from Haiti.
The items will be displayed in the fellowship hall from 10:00-2:00. 
This is a micro-finance project of the Presbyterian Women of the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery.  The items were that will be for sale were all made by women in Haiti, and the money from the sale of the items will go to them (%100!).
See you Saturday!
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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Manna Sunday at 5:30 PM

"Finishing Well" will be the theme for our  Manna worship service this Sunday, February 7th.  We will meet in the fellowship hall with the service beginning at 5:30 PM. 
See you Sunday at Manna! 
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