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SUNDAY SCHOOL OLIN 9:30-10:20

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A holiday season meditation from Pastor Jen:

What do you need to worship this holiday season?  To honestly, openly, and joyfully       worship?

Do you need a break from the daily grind?

Do you need the threat of COVID to go away?

Do you need your or your loved one’s health to improve?

Do you need to have some of your relationships to be healed?

Jesus asked, “What is it you would have me do for you?”

What is it that will restore your heart so that it beats in sync with our Heavenly Father?

Be honest with yourself and God, and pray it.  It might go something like this:  “God, I have this intense grief weighing on me from (something).  I can’t seem to worship You as I should.  My joy seems distance.  I used to love the holiday season, but I’m not into it this year.  Restore my joy, God.  I don’t know if my heart will heal from this grief, but I know I can worship you anyway.  Help me do that, especially on those days that it is hard.  Thank you for carrying me when I don’t even realize it.  I love you Jesus.  Amen.”  Pray that and add your own stuff to it if needed – right now.

God wants our honesty.  Our Heavenly Father loves it when we lean on His everlasting arms.  God doesn’t expect you to be “put together” all of the time.  God wants your        company and worship, not your attempt at keeping things together.

God has got you.  God has got this, whatever your attitude is towards this approaching     holiday season.  Remind yourself of this with our classic hymn of “Leaning on the            Everlasting Arms” by Elisha Hoffman and Anthony Showalter.

‘What a fellowship, what a joy divine,

leaning on the everlasting arms;

What a blessedness, what a peace is mind,

leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.’

A holiday season meditation from Pastor Jen:

What do you need to worship this holiday season?  To honestly, openly, and joyfully       worship?

Do you need a break from the daily grind?

Do you need the threat of COVID to go away?

Do you need your or your loved one’s health to improve?

Do you need to have some of your relationships to be healed?

Jesus asked, “What is it you would have me do for you?”

What is it that will restore your heart so that it beats in sync with our Heavenly Father?

Be honest with yourself and God, and pray it.  It might go something like this:  “God, I have this intense grief weighing on me from (something).  I can’t seem to worship You as I should.  My joy seems distance.  I used to love the holiday season, but I’m not into it this year.  Restore my joy, God.  I don’t know if my heart will heal from this grief, but I know I can worship you anyway.  Help me do that, especially on those days that it is hard.  Thank you for carrying me when I don’t even realize it.  I love you Jesus.  Amen.”  Pray that and add your own stuff to it if needed – right now.

God wants our honesty.  Our Heavenly Father loves it when we lean on His everlasting arms.  God doesn’t expect you to be “put together” all of the time.  God wants your        company and worship, not your attempt at keeping things together.

God has got you.  God has got this, whatever your attitude is towards this approaching     holiday season.  Remind yourself of this with our classic hymn of “Leaning on the            Everlasting Arms” by Elisha Hoffman and Anthony Showalter.

‘What a fellowship, what a joy divine,

leaning on the everlasting arms;

What a blessedness, what a peace is mind,

leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.’

LECTIONARY READS FOR NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 7: ALL SAINTS CELEBRATION:  RUTH 3:1-5  4: 13-17  PSALM 127       HEBREWS 9: 24-28,  MARK 12: 38-44   GREEN

NOVEMBER 14: 1 SAM. 1: 4-20  2: 1-10  PSALM 113  HEB. 10: 11-25  MARK 13: 1-8

NOVEMBER 21:  JOEL 2: 21-17  PSALM 126  1 TIMOTHY 2: 1-7  MATT. 6: 25-33 RED OR WHITE

NOVEMBER 28:  JER. 33: 14-16  PSALM 25: 1-10  1 THESS. 3: 9-13  LUKE 21: 25-36  FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT  PURPLE OR BLUE

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