Advent: Herod — Sanctuary

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When we think of the Christmas story, probably the first character that comes to mind in the story is King Herod, right?  No?  Honestly, that’s not likely to be anyone’s first answer, however King Herod does have some important lessons to teach us.  King Herod was the evil protagonist in the beautiful nativity story.  He was the one who […]

Advent: Mary & Joseph — Upper Room

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Interruptions.  That’s the story of our lives today.  It was also, interestingly enough, the story of Mary and Joseph’s lives as well.  Mary and Joseph were planning for the perfect future together, starting with the perfect courtship, the perfect wedding, and the perfect future.  Then, the angel Gabriel paid them each a visit.  And suddenly, […]

Christmas Memories (Chancel Choir Concert) — Sanctuary

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What a beautiful way to highlight the Christmas season!  Thank you to our Chancel choir, the Fifth Season Ladies Ensemble and our soloists for the wonderful concert on Sunday. The featured music today was: CHORAL PRELUDES: “Caroling, Caroling” by Burt “Sing We Now of Christmas” arr. Prentice *CONGREGATIONAL CAROL  “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” CHORAL MEMORIES: “The […]

Advent: Elizabeth & Zechariah — Upper Room

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We start the Advent season with the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah – the parents of John the Baptist.  Rev. Schaefer asked the question, “What’s in a name?”  Names in the biblical times had a lot of power.  Zechariah’s name meant ‘God Remembers.’  Elizabeth’s name meant ‘God is my Oath.’  And had they followed tradition, […]

Advent: Elizabeth & Zechariah — Sanctuary

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We start the Advent season with the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah – the parents of John the Baptist.  Rev. Schaefer asked the question, “What’s in a name?”  Names in the biblical times had a lot of power.  Zechariah’s name meant ‘God Remembers.’  Elizabeth’s name meant ‘God is my Oath.’  And had they followed tradition, […]

Christ our King — Upper Room

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Christ the King Sunday is a day that comes periodically, but not regularly, in the Christian calendar.  It is the Sunday that occasionally falls between Thanksgiving and the 1st Sunday in Advent, so we only celebrate it once in awhile, but it’s intention is to focus on the King of Love, our Shepherd.  Rev. Campbell […]

‘Chesed’ and Random Acts of Kindness — Sanctuary

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Christ the King Sunday is a day that comes periodically, but not regularly, in the Christian calendar.  It is the Sunday that occasionally falls between Thanksgiving and the 1st Sunday in Advent, so we only celebrate it once in awhile, but it’s intention is to focus on the King of Love, our Shepherd.  Rev. Chochran […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 136 — Upper Room

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This Sunday concludes our series on the Psalms with Psalm 136 – a psalm of thankfulness, which we look at on this Thanksgiving Sunday.  Psalm 136, Rev. Schaefer shares, tells of the thankfulness of God’s people.  This thankfulness has sustained them through many difficult times, even during times of trouble or war.  Even when they didn’t know where to turn, […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 136 — Sanctuary

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This Sunday concludes our series on the Psalms with Psalm 136 – a psalm of thankfulness, which we look at on this Thanksgiving Sunday.  Psalm 136, Rev. Campbell shares, speaks to us of God’s abiding love and grace.  God has saved His people so many times, bringing them out of Egypt and helping them overcome much […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 86 – Upper Room

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Today we continued with our theme of ‘Falling Into the Psalms’ with a look at Psalm 86.  This psalm, as with many of the Psalms, was written by David.  David wrote Psalm 86 as a prayerful dialog with God, in which he named his own failing, and talked about how dependent he is on God and His […]