I Didn’t Get to Preach It, But…

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.

About laurelhillumc

Laurel Hill United Methodist Church is rich in history as a church family committed to a life in Christ. We began in the heart of Varina almost 150 years ago; the church has grown through its existence as a church-hospital in the Civil War, as a circuit church, and survived a disastrous fire which destroyed the sanctuary about 50 years ago. Then, dedicated, Spirit-filled Christians worked hard together to build a new sanctuary. That hard work has continued with many new improvements including a new addition connecting the sanctuary and educational building, the installation of an elevator providing total accessibility throughout both buildings, remodeling the education building and the installation of 18 stained glass windows. Faithful clergy and laity ministering together have established a legacy of dedication and service which enables Laurel Hill to be a beacon of light in our community, in our world and to all who follow for generations to come. In response to the needs of the Varina community, Laurel Hill United Methodist Church also operates the Laurel Hill Weekday School. These programs are an active part of the life and ministry of Laurel Hill UMC. We accept the opportunity through our morning Preschool and After School child care to share our values of love, caring, cooperation and forgiveness. The Church and child care programs work together to enhance the spiritual, mental and physical growth of children in our community. Our worship services are held each Sunday with a contemporary service at 8:45am and a traditional service at 11:00am. Sunday School begins at 9:45am. Call our office (804) 795-2772 for Bible Study times and other ministry opportunities.
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