God Says, Yes

Week of Love We give thanks for the perfect love of your Son, so that we may, with grateful hearts, love one another.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Garrett Vickrey John 3:16-17 This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why:…

Putting the Decorations Away

by Dan Jean “The whole assembly then agreed to celebrate the festival seven more days; so for another seven days they celebrated joyfully.”  2 Chronicles 30:23 The anticipation of the big day is a memory. The gifts have all been unwrapped. The guests have gone home. It is time to take down those decorations. The…

In Need of Rest

By Aaron Tyler John 3:16 For God so loved the world Seven days He rested. Good He saw, but restless Pursuit of a broken Image quickly ensued. For God so loved the world I ran.  Without rest, He Watched for my return, Hoping to Embrace. For God so loved the world Wrestling Jacob He Discovered Israel…

Christmas in the Barrio

A one day mission trip on Saturday, December 10. Be at the church at 9:00 am. We should be back around 8:30 pm. We will join our partner church Iglesia Bautista Emanuel (Emanuel) in their outreach to the Villa del Rio Apartments. They will give service pizza and drinks, have a pinata, give away gifts…

The Gift is Here

  By Garrett Vickrey John 3:16 It’s here. Christmas. Joy to the world! The Lord is Come! What will we see now? We have been keeping watch for so long. Have our eyes grown red at the moment it is time to enjoy the fruits of their labor? Christ is come. Watch. And see. Franciscans…

Happy Christmas to All

By Dan Jean Galatians 5:22‐23 “‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” I would be surprised if you haven’t heard these words already this season. They come from a beloved poem by Clement Clarke Moore and paint a romantic portrait of the power…

Christmas in China

By Cyndi Levesque Isaiah 40:31 Christmas in China was a special experience. Marc and I lived in Nanning, China, for four years, and would always remain there at Christmas because the Chinese New Year holiday wasn’t until late January to early February. We would smile as we walked through shopping malls hearing Christmas carols in…

Delayed Gratification

By Garrett Vickrey Isaiah 40:1-5 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness…

Love

By Chris Rogers 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Merry Christmas! Or even better yet, Joyous Christmas! And even better still, Loving Christmas! Today’s reading is the Bible’s classic Love Chapter. The classic it is, but it is never, ever static, nor shall it ever be! Worthy of being etched in marble? Most certainly! Old, dead, passé, irrelevant,…