Sunday, December 11, 2011

A METHODIST CHRISTMAS: Joys and Concerns?


UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Easton, Ohio
While the morning sun bathed the front of the newly sided Easton United Methodist Church, build in the Civil War era, the church bell rang out it's peal to the neighborhood declaring, "Its Church Time".

The call to the Opening Prayer in the 9:15AM worship is preceded by a pastoral inquirey as to "Joys and Concerns". 

My "Joys" this morning was "Being back in church after a lengthy illness, a visit to my home by the Christmas Carolers, and just being a Methodist".

Following the Responsive Call to Worship, our dear friends, Ken and Sandy, lighted the second of the four small Advent Candles along with the large Christmas Candle and delivered the second Reading of Advent.

The adults perhaps enjoy the exchange between the Pastor and the kids in the Children's Sermon more than he and the kids.  You just never know what will pop out of the mouth of children.  For certain, little Joey and the other kids will speak the blunt truth, sometimes more revealing than what parents or grandparents may want.  Then the kids skip along following Carla Ludwig downstairs to Children's Church like so many little mice folllowing the pied piper in days of yore.

YOU CAN EXPECT PASTOR KEN TO DELIVER AN INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE
It will represent much study and prayer.
Although offerings are taken, money is never mentioned except to express a thankful prayer.
YOU CAN EXPECT DISPLAYS OF DONATED ART AND FLOWERS
This beautiful nativity scene donated by Don and Sally

YOU CAN EXPECT TO BE WISHED A MERRY CHRISTMAS
"We Wish You A Merry Christmas" to a member in the rest home.  
YOU CAN EXPECT THE AISLES TO BE CROWED LONG AFTER THE SERVICE ENDS
YOU CAN EXPECT, BRUNCH WITH THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Sausage Gravy and Biscuits with Desserts today.
YOU CAN EXPECT DINNER FELLOWSHIPS
Spring and Fall Bean Suppers for the community.
Dining facilities for the Joy of a 50th Wedding Anniversary
A dinner provided by members following a funeral.

YOU CAN EXPECT SPECIAL MUSIC
This morning by Connie and Jayne

With quiet support during times of need or comfort
WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?
That the empy pews represent neighbors who are missing out.

WHAT IS YOUR CHURCH SERVICE LIKE?
I'd like to know.
(Click on "post a comment" below for my email address)

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA


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