FPCD, we will not be able to have our normal service tomorrow due to this ICY weather. However, Pastor Ginger has created some material for us to consider in place of our service tomorrow. Read below!
A Conversation with the Bible
For Sunday, December 8, 2013
While our corporate gathering will not take place this Sunday morning, “The Church” is actually not the service nor the building but its families and its people. God lives in you in the presence given in the Holy Spirit. Take the time you would spend together at 543 E. Freeman St. to spend with your family on Sunday morning. Or, spend some time in prayer. Read the story of Ruth.
We talked about Ruth 1, where Naomi’s life took a hard turn with the loss of her husband and sons, and how she traveled back “home” to her place of origin and to her family of faith. Ruth, her daughter-in-law, surprisingly went with her and the people of Bethlehem embraced both of them upon their return. Though Naomi was depressed and very mad at God, God was silently there, too, so look for how God guided her beneath the surface.
Read the next chapter together (chap. two) about how God provided for them. Read slowly and see what you notice, what jumps out at you. Jot it down or share it with one another. Discuss these questions:
1. What do you think of the words “as it happened” Ruth found herself in Boaz’s field?
2. How many times did Boaz notice Ruth or talk to her? What did Boaz see in Ruth?
3. Name some characteristics you see in Ruth. In Boaz.
4. How and what did God provide? (still beneath the surface; God is not mentioned!)
5. What are some connecting themes in this story and in the story of Jesus’ birth?
Naomi went to Bethlehem down, discouraged, and depressed. But Ruth had hope! She saw something in God that was different from her background as a Moabitess who worshipped pagan gods. Thus she embraced the One true God. She went expectantly. She woke up early and said I want to do something. Do you have the expectation this season that with God, you will be enabled to do more than you can imagine, and in that, you too have great hope?
Rev. Ginger Hertenstein
First Presbyterian Church, Duncanville
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”
by Phillips Brooks
O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night.
For Christ is born of Mary,
And, gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondrous love
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.
How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still,
The dear Christ enters in.
O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in;
Be born to us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord! Emmanuel.
Sunday the choir sings the fulfillment of God’s promise. Listen to this: The day the universe was born, stars were placed and darkness torn, according to God’s sacred plan…
But something went wrong, our way was lost and all is not right with the world. Yet God had hope and so He sent Jesus: “Mary do you hear?” “Yes, I’ll not fear what comes to pass, the very Son of God is here at last!”… Shepherds bow down in awe, under light from a star–shining right where they are…
These are the words of the Cantata you will hear Sunday morning. They draw us into the story as if that light shines right down on us in 2013. Alleluia, Alleluia! Are you ready to be a part of His story?
Remember to shop at Ben Franklin on Saturday at 1:00pm when the choir sings. And then at 6:00 pm join us in the Fellowship Hall for the Annual Women’s Ministries Christmas Auction and spaghetti dinner. All are welcome! See you this weekend!
Sunday School for all ages at 9:15. Worship Service at 10:30.Read More
This Sunday we turn our attention to Advent with the study of Ruth. This is appropriate as Ruth and her husband Boaz are King David’s great grandparents. We will see the influence of their faith on David a few generations later. But more importantly, we will see God’s plan to give hope to a widow who was hopeless; and ultimately to bring His Son, Jesus Christ to us through her line, erasing hopelessness forever.
In addition, we light the first Advent candle, partake in the Lord’s Supper, and hear Janet Stahl tell this marvelous story. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! See you Sunday. 9:15 for Sunday School and 10:30 for Worship.
READ THE MESSAGE: A Story of Hope in Hard Times
Have you ever known something that someone you love did that you thought perhaps you should talk to them about it? Have you ever watched a friend walking down a slippery slope and you just wish you had the guts to say, ‘hey, what are you doing?’ Sometimes situations call for a family’s intervention.
But what does God do when a person goes into a downhill spiral? He has his own “intervention” and it’s quite effective. We talk about that this Sunday in worship. It’s the story of Nathan confronting David. Then Sunday evening at 6:00 pm come enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in the sanctuary. Bring a dish to serve 12. All are welcome. See you there!
READ THE MESSAGE: The Gospel