The weather has been so nice today. It is in the high 50’s with very little wind. That meant I absolutely had to get a run in today. We’ve had too much food. I could feel my belt much tighter than usual, so it was good to get back into running.
I ran 4 miles in 47:57 which is still under a 12 minute mile. My legs are out of shape, but with the weather forecast, it looks like I’ll get back to regular exercise this week. Pressing On!
Pam and I are taking a few days off from blogging. I know that I need a break for a few days to relax, so until Sunday, there won’t be many new posts. Blessings and have a Happy New Year.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
First Sunday After Christmas
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship and Invocation
Songs of Worship
Angels from the Realms of Glory
O Come All Ye Faithful
Connecting Through Prayer
Silent Night, Holy Night
Giving Back to God
Worship Through God’s Word
How to Grow In God’s Word
Song of Commitment
Wonderful Words of Life
First Sunday After Christmas
December 26, 2010
Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23
Praise for Deliverance
7 I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
I will praise the Lord for all he has done.
I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel,
which he has granted according to his mercy and love.
8 He said, “They are my very own people.
Surely they will not betray me again.”
And he became their Savior.
9 In all their suffering he also suffered,
and he personally rescued them.
In his love and mercy he redeemed them.
He lifted them up and carried them
through all the years.
Nativity of the Lord – Proper III (December 25, 2010)
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14
7 How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,
the good news of peace and salvation,
the news that the God of Israel reigns!
8 The watchmen shout and sing with joy,
for before their very eyes
they see the Lord returning to Jerusalem.
9 Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song,
for the Lord has comforted his people.
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has demonstrated his holy power
before the eyes of all the nations.
All the ends of the earth will see
the victory of our God.
Here it is Christmas Eve and the final (as far as we know) Christmas cards have arrived at our house. The Christmas cards are hung with care this year in the entry way between the kitchen/dining room and the living room. We had cards come from all over the states. The farthest cards came from Hayward, WI; Sedona, AZ; and Waialua, HI. It’s always fun to see where our furthest card will come from. This year we did not get any overseas cards. (Although before long, I’m sure will be getting international cards on a regular basis 🙂 ) Thanks for all your Christmas wishes and God bless you during this season.
Nativity of the Lord – Proper II (December 24, 2010)
Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-20
6 O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls;
they will pray day and night, continually.
Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord.
7 Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work,
until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.
8 The Lord has sworn to Jerusalem by his own strength:
“I will never again hand you over to your enemies.
Never again will foreign warriors come
and take away your grain and new wine.
9 You raised the grain, and you will eat it,
praising the Lord.
Within the courtyards of the Temple,
you yourselves will drink the wine you have pressed.”
10 Go out through the gates!
Prepare the highway for my people to return!
Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders;
raise a flag for all the nations to see.
11 The Lord has sent this message to every land:
“Tell the people of Israel,
‘Look, your Savior is coming.
See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.’”
12 They will be called “The Holy People”
and “The People Redeemed by the Lord.”
And Jerusalem will be known as “The Desirable Place”
and “The City No Longer Forsaken.”
Pam and I haven’t really mentioned much about Christmas this year. Not that I haven’t wanted to, but it has been a little busy, despite trying to protect ourselves from that.
Today I was reminded that it is our tenth year anniversary of a tradition that started in 2000. That was the year we had a flood one week before Christmas. That year we went to McDonald’s for lunch on Christmas Eve. I’m really not so sure now how it began. But I think it probably had to do with me working retail. This afternoon for lunch we went to McDonald’s and I remembered that this was the tenth year anniversary of this.
Another tradition we have is Shepherd’s Pie for dinner and then church. I love Christmas Eve at church. It is a real reminder of what this season is all about. That’s why we have traditions. They remind us of why we celebrate. Merry Christmas!
READINGS FOR THE COMING WEEK
Nativity of the Lord – Proper I (December 24, 2010)
Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20
2 The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine.
3 You will enlarge the nation of Israel,
and its people will rejoice.
They will rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest
and like warriors dividing the plunder.
4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery
and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.
You will break the oppressor’s rod,
just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
5 The boots of the warrior
and the uniforms bloodstained by war
will all be burned.
They will be fuel for the fire.
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!