Three things for the next week:
First, I wanted to remind you of our upcoming Members’ Meeting on Monday, December 9th at 7:00pm. In preparation for the meeting please review the proposed 2014 budget and the list of candidates for elected and appointed positions put together by the nominating committee. These were sent to you by email last week and paper copies continue to be available at the Information Center. I look forward to this opportunity to gather together to pray, celebrate, and seek God’s will for the year ahead.
Secondly, as we began walking through the book of Micah last week, I want to encourage you to take a few moments here and there during this busy season to slow down and contemplate the faithfulness of God in sending Jesus to live, die, and rise again and the hope we are given in the promise of His Second Coming. Some ideas may be to set aside time as a family to talk about these things, to read a helpful book, to turn off the TV and just sit quietly for a few minutes, to ride in the car without the radio on, or to listen to a piece of music that stirs your soul. Whatever that may be for you, the point is to find something out of the ordinary that helps you to meditate on the mercy of God and let the truth of His grace sink into you.
Finally, this week will study Micah 3-4. While we must wrestle with the reality of God’s justice toward those who oppose Him, especially those who He places in leadership and do not spread a passion for His glory, ultimately Micah 3-4 is a call to trust God because of His faithfulness. He promises that those who call on His name and follow Him will be victorious. The parallels between the themes of Advent and the teaching of Micah continue to bless me and I believe God wants to use them to encourage and strengthen our church. I look forward to being in worship with you this Sunday morning. Don’t forget, we will have an orchestra with us, as well as hear a greeting from our newest supported missionaries, Gami & Cathy Ortiz from Nehemiah Vision Ministries in Haiti. It will be a great Sunday! See you there!
For the sake of His name,