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PRAYER LIST
Please keep members of our
Church Family in your prayers:


Bob Cross
Lucy Diener
Philip & Roseanne Frye
Bev Grant

Olga Kehoe
Maryde King
Natalie Klohck
Pete Welker


And any prayers
you may have in your heart

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Consider this—
God our Shelter, be a strong presence in the lives of neighbors who, having survived the winds and rains of Harvey, now face grief, uncertainty and weary days. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and bring comfort and strength to those who suffer.
AMEN


 

Sermons & Prayers

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PASTOR'S PONDERINGS

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!" - Luke 2:8-14.


What Kind of Christmas?

Part of my growing up included anticipating and then watching, The Charlie Brown Christmas. You may or may not be a fan of this tv special. In it, the Peanuts gang gets caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season (a school play, decorating, etc.) and is eventually brought back to the reason for the season. It is actually a Biblical reference that the character Linus uses to do this, Luke 2:8-14. A group of people getting so caught up in the celebration of Christmas that they lose sight of its meaning! And this happened in 1965.

Christmas 2018 is upon us and we can be as busy as we want to be. There is decorating to be done, pre-sents to buy, religious events to participate in, and social events galore. However, we do get to chose how we spend our time.

This year I invite you to strip away most of the decorations, buy the fewest number of presents that you have to, and only participate in social events that at least give a nod to the religious reason for the sea-son. I promise that although you may end up with a shabbily decorated tree and a small number of pre-sents if, however, you think back to the Peanuts gang as they fully appreciated what they were celebrating their shabby little Christmas tree became beautiful and glorious. And just like them you too no matter how decorated your tree is and how many presents are under it you will then be able to see clearly a newborn baby in a manger.

That baby - son of God and son of man, is the very God of the universe joining us here on earth. The arrival of baby Jesus causes us to say and sing:
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"

Merry Christmas,
Pastor Leonard


Email for Pastor Leonard: pastor@johnstownpresbyterian.org

 

 

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