Luke 2:10-14 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger. 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

When Pope Julius I declared December 25 to be celebrate as the birthday of Jesus in 353 AD – who would have ever though that it would become what it is today?    And when Professor Charles Follen lit candles on the 1stChristmas tree in American in 1832, who woud have ever thought that decorations would become as glamorous as they are today?   

            Even before these two events that shaped what Christmas means today for most there was a breihgt, special star that lit the drk night thousands of years ago, letting the world know that Jesus the King was born.  Usually, we don’t celebrate historical figures as children, but in the case of Christ it is most appropriate.  

            When Christ was born, shepherds cae to Honor Him, wise en from the Est brought gift to Him, and the earth rejoiced at His birth.  These people who came ot worship Him had no idea what Christ would accomplish as an adult.  But they were right in traveling to worship the King because His birth was the most remarkable event in human history.  Wise men and women today worship not only the Child of Bethlehem, but the Christ of Calvary. 

As we approach the Christmas season this year, we are faced with another opportunity to pause in the midst of all the excitement, decorations, and commercialization to consider again the origin of Christmas – the One whose birth we celebate.  Let’s not forget the true meaning of why we celebrate during this time of year. Celebrate the baby Jesus who has come to save us from our sins — trusting Him daily as our Savior. 

            Pray this week along these lines —- That you Father, for sending your one and Only Son – that glorious night to be born of a virgin – to live a perfect life – and to die on the cross of or sins – and 3 days later to rise form the dead to give us eternal life….Thank you JESUS…..

Discovery, we are going to do something this year we have NEVER done before – we are going to have a magic tree….

            This Saturday, December 1, at 3:00 PMall are welcome to come to Discovery and help wrap the red maple right beside our front door….We have a few thousand lights to wrap each limb – the trunk and hopefully from the road it will look like one huge light — and my prayer is that the lyrics of a new Christmas song will come true for many – Every light that shines at Christmas shouts, “Hallelujah, Christ is born”  

            The reason we put the hour as we did is that those who come on Saturday night could just remain and not make two trips to the church on Saturday.

If you have a secure step ladder we could use it – we do have a couple tools to assist us when we get toward the top of the tree

            This Sunday,December 2, at 11:30following our worship service — those who would please remain and help decorate the inside of the church as we make ready for the month of ADVENT.  All the decorations have been stored in the red barn and will need to be brought inside the church.  If you have a small 2’ step ladder that would assist us greatly as we decorate the top of the tree.

AWAITING THE KING

            This weekend our Celebration Service will kick-off our Advent month…Awaiting the King is our Advent Theme – but the 1stweekend of Advent our topic will be Awaiting in Darkness….   Love to have you read John 1:1-14 as you familiarize your mind and heart with the topic….We will deal with such information as … where was Jesus when God created the World……was Jesus a created being and if so at what point in time was He created….did God create the world by himself or did he have help – what does it mean in Genesis when He said “let us make man in our image”?   Who is the WORD which is used 3x’s in the first verse?  In v14 John says the Word became flesh….got it?  When did John ever see the glory of God in Jesus Christ?

            Great series – just kicking off – invite a friend and come enjoy the food on the table and the spiritual food from the WORD…..see you this weekend

General Fund  $975.00

Blessing Box $22.00

Christmas Lights  $50

With less than a month left in 2018 – there would no better news that could come to my ears than we finished the year in the BLACK!!!!.   At last report we were about $1,500.00 in the RED…..Some give because of a need – Some give out of responsibility – Some give to get a tax break…..I want us to give because of LOVE and I’m convinced if everyone of us will get alone with Jesus and think of His walk on earth and His purpose – and all He has done for us……how in the world could we not open our heart – and open our Spirit – and give back as He has given unto us??????   I believe if each of us will use December to deepen our love for the Christ-child – the Sin-bearer – the Resurrected One – we will end in the black and start 2019 that way….what a blessing!!

The text for our 2ndSunday of Advent will be Matt 21:12

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men[a] from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,[b] and we have come to worship him.”King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,are not least among the ruling cities[c] of Judah,for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’[d]Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

V16 16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.