Can God Use Me?

Pastor Taylor continues his sermon series; “l have My Doubts” with a message entitled “Can God Use Me?”

 

Due to technical difficulties, our January 16th service was broadcast in two videos. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Reverse Advent Calendar

We have an opportunity to give to those in need this Christmas season. Many families have a tradition of having an Advent calendar filled with goodies to help countdown the days until Christmas, this year we want to invite you to try a reverse Advent calendar.  Posted below is a calendar with a list of needs for the Dorothy Day Food Pantry with a scripture. While you’re getting your groceries you can pick up the items you need for the week. Each day you’ll take some time to read the scripture, place the listed item in a box, and pray for those who might be receiving it. Then on Christmas Eve when we gather to worship, we’ll collect the filled boxes to deliver to The Dorothy Day Food Pantry. Imagine with me if you will, like the wise men coming to offer gifts to Jesus, we have boxes and boxes stacked in the church ready to be distributed to those most in need this season.

December 1 ~ Luke 1:5- 25 ~ Box of Cereal
December 2 ~ Isaiah 40:9- 1 1 ~ Peanut Butter
December 3 ~ John 1:9 ~ Stuffing Mix
December 4~ Isaiah 7: 14 ~ Boxed Potatoes
December 5~ Numbers 24: 1 7 ~ Mac and Cheese
December 6~ 1 Peter 1: 19- 20 ~ Canned Fruit
December 7 ~ Galatians 4:4-5 ~ Canned Tomatoes
December 8~ Micah 5: 2 ~ Canned Tuna
December 9~ John 7:42 ~ Box of Desserts
December 10~ Isaiah 40: 3 -5 ~ Jar of Applesauce
December 11 ~ Isaiah 11:1-5 ~ Canned Sweet Potatoes
December 12~ Zecharaiah 6:12-13 ~ Cranberry Sauce
December 1 3 ~ John 1: 10- 1 3 ~ Canned Beans
December 14~ John 1: 14 ~ Box of Cracker s
December 15~ Isiah 9: 2-5 ~ Package of Rice
December 16~ Isaiah 9:6- 7 ~ Instant Oatmeal
December 1 7 ~ Matthew 1: 18-2 1 ~ Package of Pasta
December 18~ Matthew 1: 2 2 – 2 3 ~ Spaghetti Sauce
December 19~ Luke 1: 26- 38 ~ Chicken Noodle Soup
December 20~ Luke 1: 39-45 ~ Tomato Soup
December 2 1 ~ Luke 1:46-56 ~ Can of Corn
December 2 2 ~ Luke 1:57 -66 ~ Can of Mixed Veggies
December 2 3 ~ Luke 2: 1 -5 ~ Can of Carrots
December 24~ Luke 2:6- 7 ~ Can of Green Beans
Bring the filled box to Grace UMC on Christmas Eve

My Favorite Christmas Songs

There are many wonderful things about this time of the year. As much as I might bemoan the arrival of snow and colder temps, they are easily trumped by the lights and decorations brightening up rooms and homes,  and tasty treats that are only accounted for this time of year. But none of those things even compare to the unique experience that is Christmas music! From the beautiful hymns of Advent, carols of Christmas, old standards, and even the new songs, there is something about them that draws me in. Now, I will admit that I’m one of those people that prefers to wait until after at least Thanksgiving to put them on.  To me, singing is one of the greatest expressions of our inner most feelings and emotions. That is why you can have such a wide expression, from the longing and tension you experience when singing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, the joy of belting out GLOOORIA in “Angels We Have Heard On High”, and the solemn reverence felt in “Silent Night”. So not only is it an expression, but also a connection to one another through mutual feelings.  Especially when I think of the hymns we sing around this time, I ponder how they embody what the Christ child brings: peace, hope, joy, love. How do you experience these things in singing?

When David Letterman was on Late Night he used to do his Top Ten lists, which was one of my favorite segments. In a similar spirit, I thought I’d offer my Top Ten Christmas Songs!

10. “His Favorite Christmas Story”
9. “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
8. “The Chipmunk Song” (Don’t judge me)
7. “O Holy Night”
6. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
5.  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
4. “The Christmas Song” (Nat King Cole of course)
3. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
2. “Silent Night”
1. “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

How did I do? Do you see any of your favorites in there, or did I miss something big?