I didn’t get to preach Sunday morning because of the icy conditions but I did want to share an outline of what I learned about having contagious peace. All I share comes from meditating on Isaiah 9: 6. God promises us “a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder.” Understand this and you are on the threshold of peace. This is why I celebrate Advent and Christmas. The coming of Jesus marks the coming of peace and the coming of the sword upon the earth. Every heart, every soul is weighed in the light of the coming of Jesus.
Jesus is the giver of peace and without him we are living outside the rule of peace. “His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” This is where my sermon starts. When we think of what contagious peace is not we are thinking on these four names. When we focus upon what contagious peace is, again we are thinking on these names. Finally, I give you 10 ways we get peace. Make sure all ten apply to you! Click on the pdf Contagious Peace and I look forward to your comments.
The Weather Service has just updated the forecast and the winter weather advisory has been extended to east of us with the likelihood of ice accumulation being the worst during our normal worship times so we are cancelling services today.
Remember next Sunday to be here as our children bring us a Christmas Program through Music. Don’t forget to bless yourselves and bring what you would have given to today’s offering and bring it with you as you give next Sunday.
Seek the Lord today together with your family at home. Be stong. Be at peace. Be safe.
So you won’t miss a single event or ministry opportunity during Advent, here is the calendar and the list of Lay Ministers for the month!
Tonight, we welcome Nury Janania to Laurel Hill! Nury is the Honduran Director at Friends of Barnabas and she will be here from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM for a reception and a time of sharing about the ministry of Friends of Barnabas. Come and meet this remarkable Christian disciple tonoight (Friday, November 22nd) at Laurel Hill United Methodist Church, 1919 New Market Rd (Route 5), Henrico, VA 23231.
Also, check out this Sunday’s bulletin and come ready to worship the Lord with us!
Karen and I wish to thank everyone for their cards, visits, food, and other support as we have walked through this week of grief with the loss of Karen’s father, Keith Tune Nash. Please keep our whole family in your prayers and thank you Laurel Hill United Methodist Church for being a place of genuine love and grace.
It’s almost time for Trunk or Treat and you can be a part of this outreach to the children in our community on October 31st. Bring your car to Laurel Hill, pop the trunk, and let the “Good Times” begin. We can use volunteers to help with supper! Don’t forget to dress in your Halloween best.
Help us make this event a fun and unique time for our children.We also need donations of candy, individually wrapped or pencils, erasers and other small useful items or toys. If possible, please bring your candy and other items to the church by Sunday, October 27th. Thank you so much for your help and participation.
For info or to volunteer call Stephanie & Jeremy Rowan @795-1973 H or 221-9048 C.