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Guest Minister Rev. Sid Gunter

 

Please welcome our guest minister, Sunday, December 31, Rev. Sid Gunter.

Rev. Sid Gunter, is a retired member of Cherokee Presbytery having served 34 years as the Pastor of Heritage Presbyterian Church in Acworth, Georgia.  He is married to his wife Joan for almost 50 years.  They have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren.  He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and Columbia Theological Seminary.

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Advent Preparation By: Walter Jones

Titus is a small book, scarcely longer than this blog post, found late in the New Testament.

In this letter, Paul writes to his “loyal friend in the faith” to remind Titus of his role in the spreading of the Gospel, the great good news of Jesus Christ.

This week’s four verses, 2:11-14, speak directly to the impact that the appearing of Jesus should have upon each of us as his followers. As Christ brings us salvation and redeems us from all iniquity, his intent is to “purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.”

In today’s world, we too often see “zeal” in the extremes of behavior. One can become convinced that zeal means loud, aggressive, intolerant, even vengeful. By contrast, Christians are called to “lives that are self-controlled, upright and godly.” Sounds very Presbyterian to me.

Fresh from the Christmas pageant, we are mindful of the gifts that wise folk brought to Christ at his first appearance. But more than frankincense or myrrh, more even than much fine gold, Paul urges us to present in ourselves the virtues that reflect our gratitude to God and that identify to an increasingly self-centered and destructively-partisan world what Christ would have us be: people of integrity, gravity, and sound speech, hospitable, honest and humble in our identity with all God’s children, kind and loving and devoted to good works.

As any day can be an Advent,

 be the gift you want to present … when Jesus comes again.

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Christ Comes to Make Room for Us By: Dick Neelly

Scripture: Amos: 9:14-15

Amos proclaimed that the Lord promises to “restore the fortunes of Israel,” after the Assyrians had conquered and occupied the land. This divine promise expresses an overarching theme in the Bible that God’s choice is to make room for the people of God again and again and again; a people who are introduced first as wandering shepherds only to be enslaved later in Egypt. God promised a land flowing with milk and honey. After defeat and exile from their promised land, God restored them there.

Jesus embraced this dominant activity of God by making room for those, who had no room. At his own birth there was “no room” for him in the inn. Throughout his ministry he made room in God’s kingdom for those who were thought to have no room there: sinners, tax collectors, the sick, and outcasts, saying, “I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

In Advent we worship the one who at last promised, “I go to make a place for you and I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be, also.” God has always acted to make room for us. And so, when we make room for any, who do not believe there is a place for them in God’s kingdom, we prepare for the coming of Christ in a way that befits his mission.

Christ Comes to Make Room for Us By: Dick Neelly2020-09-08T16:05:27-05:00

Women’s Christmas Gathering

We are changing things up a bit for our December meeting. Rather than sharing thoughts on a book, the ladies of the church are all invited to Stephanie Hogshead’s house on Thursday evening, December 21, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm for a little seasonal socializing.  Everyone can bring a small appetizer to share, and we will enjoy a couple of hours of each others’ company and holiday spirit!  Everyone is welcome, so please share with anyone who doesn’t participate in book club.

Stephanie’s address is:   1807 Canterbury Drive

Dalton, GA  30720

(First phase of Windemere; 4th house on the left.)

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Annelle and Jane

 

“Christmas isn’t a season.   It’s a feeling.”  ~  Edna Ferber, Novelist

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