Set Aside Time For Quietness
Barnes and Noble and I are on a first name basis. They are BN to me, and I am JB to them. I am one of their best customers. I treat myself to a book or DVD on a fairly regular basis. I am counting on receiving books and videos from Santa this year. I know that Mike and Linda and many others of you make use of the local libraries. I am hooked on owning my favorite books. My Father said that money spent on a book is never wasted. Dad would be proud of me.
How do you 'treat' yourself? Is there some guilty or not so guilty pleasure you allow yourself at the end of a hard day or at the completion of a project? Are you planning to treat yourself to something in these days of waiting and preparation for Christmas? Are homemade cookies or pies on your list of treats?
In these last two and a half weeks of Advent how about setting aside time for quiet. There are no assigned thoughts or things to think through. Just sit in quiet, fifteen minutes, a half hour, or more. How about a quiet walk with no agenda or expected outcome? Just quiet.
In the quietness of a rude structure God treated us with the birth of a baby on that first Christmas. And from that quietness the world and we have never been the same.
For the week of December 13, our theme is LOVE.
Help us, God, to see everyone with the eyes of love. May love inspire us to be more than we think we can be and to do more than we think is possible. We pray in the name of Jesus who comes to us at Christmas that we know what perfect love is. Amen.
For the week of December 20, our theme is JOY.
The day of celebration and wonder is near. We wait with anticipation. God-With-Us, Emmanuel is born on Christmas. With joy we will once again welcome Him to our home and heart. Be with us Lord Jesus, we ask you to stay. Amen.
For Christmas, our theme is GOOD NEWS!
Jesus our Light has come! Thank you, God, for the gift of your Son who brings life to all who receive Him. Come Lord Jesus, there is room in our hearts for you. Be with us through all the days of our lives. Amen.
Pastor Joanne invites you to join us this and every Sunday morning for our live-streamed Facebook worship service at 10:30 am, preceded by 5 minutes of music for meditation to help folks get settled. Pajama attire and pets are welcome.
In-Person Worship: The Spring Creek Sanctuary is cautiously reopening to our members and friends who want to be a part of the worship service in-person. Currently, we are limiting the number that may be present to ten (This does not include those who are active participants such as the worship team or the technical team). We are taking all necessary precautions and feel that the environment is safe. We welcome you to call the office by Thursday, noon, to reserve a seat for in-person worship.Those who have attended have said that it was good to be back to worship in their church home once again. Seating is assigned to designated areas maintaining safe distancing. Masks must always be worn. Worshipers should plan to be seated by 10:25, the time we begin filming the live service broadcast. Copies of our Order of Worship are available on the stand by the sanctuary double doors. Pastor Joanne has more information.
God Is Still Speaking,
Let's listen together.