DEC. 9TH, 2012

Today's Message: Saints in the Shadow

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THE SILENT YEARS

400 years stretch between the last prophet recorded from the Old Testament to the first prophet recorded in the New. These are called the Silent Years, but don’t interpret that to mean they were unproductive years. When Christ arrived in Jerusalem, He was greeted by people who loved God. As I scan the few accounts, given in the Gospels of the people involved with His birth, I am struck by their character sketches.
Anna, a prophetess, served God with “fasting and prayers night and day in the temple, greeted Christ and his parents at his dedication, and then spoke to “all them that looked for redemption in Israel.” Luke 2:38
Simeon was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. The Holy Ghost told him he would not die before he had seen the Messiah in person. Led by the Spirit into the temple, as Christ was being dedicated, he took him up in his arms, and said, “Lord, now let thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” (Luke 2)
          God chose Elizabeth and Zechariah, an elderly, barren woman and her priest husband to bear John the Baptist. “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” (Luke 1)
In the silent years, God is working. When it doesn’t appear to be so, God has a people who are still faithful against the current spiritual poverty and squalor that reeks throughout the church world. When there is hypocrisy through church leadership, and wrong emphases placed upon man’s interpretations as with the Pharisees, there are still Godly people.

My prayer is that when Jesus returns, He will find me watching. In the silent years, between the great moves of God, can God use me in His work? Am I part of that faithful crowd He can call on to keep true and faithful in the “quietest of times”? – Pastor Mike

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Mark your calendar for December 16th. We will be having the Children’s Christmas program during the morning service.  There will be practice sessions on Saturday December 15th @ 2:00pm. This is the last practice before the program. Invite friends and relatives. They are welcome to stay for the Christmas dinner, just let Gina or Heather know so they can prepare.

CHRISTMAS DINNER

We want as many people to attend the Church Christmas dinner as possible. The family church dinner will be on December 16th right after the morning service at the parsonage. If you would like to help organized and prepare for this dinner, please see Gina or Heather. If you will not be able to attend the Christmas dinner, let Gina or Heather know, so they know how much food to prepare.

LADIES CHRISTMAS DINNER

Ladies Christmas dinner is a time for the ladies of the church to
come together for some fun, food, and fellowship. The date will
be on Friday the 14th @ 7:00pm at the parsonage.

SONG SELECTIONS

201 I Know God’s Promise Is True
336 Wonderful Story of Love
449 The First Noel

PRAYER REQUEST

Harbison Family- The pain of losing their son is still with them
Bro. John Croy needs physical healing
The Children’s ministry and the Christmas program
Michael Wright is having another round of Chemo.
Keep Christ the focus of our Christmas celebrations
Pray one for another-“ bear ye one another burdens”