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Pastor's Weekly Message Dec 17 2018

People of Hope,

Thank you to Nancy Oakes for leading our worship on yesterday.  The first things I heard (when meeting with people who had been in worship) were rave reviews.  Thank you for sharing, Nancy.  We are richly blessed with gifted people who are willing to share their talents and their stories.  That makes coming to church a real joy.

I hope this Advent Season is proving to be a meaningful one in your life.  It is a season of anticipation.  In addition to all the Christmas arrangements being made, a little quiet time just for you is in order.  You may want to quietly invite the Christ-Child to be born anew within your purposes and your directions.  Life’s guiding light often shines from within, especially during this time of year.

Worship next Sunday features the Chancel Choir’s Christmas Program, the last one with Carol Mathew directing (as she is retiring), and it will be a special, soul-satisfying experience.  If you can only attend one service during the Advent/Christmas Season, this is the one to choose.  Carol and the Choir are packaging all of their love, developed over their years working together, and presenting it to you through this program.  Don’t miss it.

And Christmas Eve is right on its heels.  We will have One Service this year at 5:30 p.m.  It will include Candles, Carols, our Choir, the Christmas Gospels, and a Christmas Carol Communion.   Together we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago and into our lives today.

Our Wednesday Programs will proceed as scheduled this week; there are still slots to fill for Wednesday Night's Community Dinner (a couple of food items, help with set-up, hosting, etc.).  This is the last one until January 9th, and although Jennifer Reiser can bring the main dish, we still need some volunteers to heat it up and have things ready by 5:00 p.m. (as she has to work until 6:30 p.m. that night).  Please call the church office by Noon on Wednesday (259-4673) if you can help.

Reflection inspired by Isaiah 9:2

            “The people who walked in darkness

                        Have seen a great light;

            Those who lived in a land of deep darkness

                        On them light has shined.”

            Light our way.  Light our way, Lord,

                        As we journey out of our darkness.

            Light our way.

                        Gift us with Hope for our world.

May the blessing of Christmas be with you, and those you love.

Shalom,

Jim

Hope United Methodist Church

244 E. Wicks Lane

Billings, MT 59105