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Pastor's Bible Study

Every Wednesday morning during the school year, Dr. Furr teaches adults on a wide variety of topics with discussion – often a book of the Bible or some aspect of the Christian life or doctrine. All you need is a Bible and an inquisitive mind! Occasionally, a particular book is ordered for everyone who wants to purchase a copy. This group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Adult Seminar Room across from the Library. Find current topics under Latest News. Please join in.

 

Pastor's Column

 

advent begins - just in time!

november 21, 2017


 

Advent is the beginning of the calendar for the Jesus story. This is a moment when we focus on preparation, hope, leaning forward for the memory of Christ's coming into the world. We remember it as a time when things were in disarray, oppression was powerful, divisions were deep, and hope was hard to come by. The Jewish people clung to their ancient book and its story of a God who comes to help them when they need it most. They recited the prophets and their mysterious longings for one who would come to put right what was wrong and turn the world downside up for God's rule.

Christians remember angels and shepherds and wise strangers looking, seeking. We remember and old man and an old woman, longing to see the Coming One before they died, and seeing the baby and rejoicing. We remember this together so that we may learn to prepare our own hearts, hope in our time, and lean forward with God's promises for our time, too. We trust that though all is not as it should be, all is never lost. We persevere by this memory of God and the divine Way. We are made sturdier by the spirit of Mary and Joseph and Isaiah and Simeon and an unnamed band of lowly shepherds.

Therefore, in this most pressing time of ours, with all the stresses and strains of modern life, how wonderful to remember that those ancient stories of hope, of rescue and of unexpected help, extend to this moment, and to us. Advent is a time for us to be together and deepen faith in one another, and remember. Take advantage of this time to worship, pray, strengthen your heart and mind with devotional reflections. Teach your children and ponder them anew. Listen to beautiful music and light candles together. In all times and circumstance, we are to pray and praise and hope, not in the times and circumstances, but in the God who ultimately holds them.

We begin this annual journey together on December 3 with the Hanging of the Green service on Sunday morning at 10:00. Take time to look at the opportunities of the season in the newsletter. And invite a friend who needs hope to join us.

Special Election and Responsibility

On December 12, the special election for the second Senator from Alabama will take place. It does so amid disturbing multiple allegations against Judge Roy Moore and national controversy about him. What matters now, however, is the voice of the people of Alabama. To not decide is to forsake our responsibility to do what is right. It is not about Christianity versus non-Christians – both candidates are professing Christians. You must look at these two candidates and decide. But it is important for the present and future of our state. It would be good for our state to see a high turnout, because it would mean we are engaged in our state's future. Don't shirk this obligation. Mark your calendar, and vote.

A Personal Thanksgiving

During this time, as always, Vickie and I have been loved and blessed by you in the care of our mothers. Your prayers, concern and love are daily evident to us. As your pastor, I am deeply thankful not only for the nation where I live and its freedoms, but for the privilege of being so loved and supported by my people. You have shown the same deep concern to several families this fall who have experienced losses, some unexpectedly. As the Apostle Paul often said in his letters, “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3

God bless you in this Thanksgiving season as we express gratitude to God for this nation, its blessings and religious freedom, and for the provision God gives to us all. Happy Thanksgiving!

                                     Gary