I encourage everyone to read over the Call To Worship that was in the 27 November morning worship bulletin. I was able to use it as a 'Motivational Minute' in a meeting on Monday morning, as my team and I embark on huge project.
The words Pastor Rodney wrote are inspiring and need to be heard by all--not just those in Sunday's service. Take time to stop and know God this season. Once you are filled with His Joy, pass it on.
While you are out and about, think of those with less than you. Lend someone less than you a helping hand. Maybe that help is a prayer or witnessing. Money cannot solve all you know. Share God's Love, His Peace, and Grace throughout the Advent season.
Happy Advent and God Bless,
Below is the Call to Worship from the Bulletin 11-27-2016.
God of Amazing Surprises, we are rushing headlong into this season of buying, giving, greed, and struggle. We want to think of the holiday as delightful, but we have a tendency to make it a time of the highest stress. We over-schedule our time, overdraw our resources, ignore those moments in which we could just relax and have quiet time with our families and with you. We blame it on everything else but our own decision making. We speak of obligations, of the need to be constantly busy, of the pressure to purchase things to make people happy. The reality is that your love should be our foundation, the base from which we celebrate. Our watchfulness is not necessarily about what is to happen, but rather should be on the ways in which we order our lives, ways that block out your love and your healing power. Forgive us for our stubborn insistence on maintaining schedule rather than focusing on your love. Heal us. Strengthen us and make us watchful over our faith in you. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.