Thursday, December 13, 2012

St. John's Epistle for December 13, 2012

Dear Advent candle lit people of God,

Last Sunday afternoon we had a wonderful memorial service and reception for Elaine DeSouza. We will miss Elaine in so many ways from her personal inspiration to her leadership in many ministries of this congregation. In the end, Elaine showed us how to die even as she had shown us how to live. She is now well and in good hands in the company of the saints in light.

As we grow more mature (not necessarily older but more mature), we tend to value experiences more. For example, a Christmas gathering when we are young adults may be viewed as something we have to "get through" so we can go out and spend some quality time with our friends. As we mature though, we come to value time spent with family and the sameness of holiday rituals.

One of our holiday rituals in this church family is our Christmas Eve services. Put them on your calendar and come and bring your family and friends on December 24. We will have a youth led service at 6 pm in the sanctuary and a candlelight service at 11 pm in the sanctuary. Look forward to that service. Cherish it this time and once again. We don't how many such services we will get to attend in our lifetime. For some of us, we don't know which ones, this may be our last Advent season. So what are we waiting for? Let's let Christ be born in our heart anew. That's what Elaine would want us to do.

Toward that end, this Sunday is a healing service. After the sermon, as we sing O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, you may come forward for anointing with oil and prayer for yourself or someone you love. You may seek healing of mind, body, or soul. It may be financial, relational, or physical healing you seek. Christ the great healer will meet you where you are and bring healing to your life this Sunday. 

Your waiting with you for Christ's rebirth in our hearts pastor,

Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Burnham (Jon's Blog, Facebook, Twitter
Pastor of St. John's Presbyterian Church (Church's WebsiteBlog, Facebook
5020 West Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77035 (Map & Directions to church)
Phone church office 713-723-6262; Email church office
Sunday Schedule: Church School for all ages: 9:00 am; Worship 10:30 am; Youth Fellowship 5 pm

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Worship Service: Sunday, 10:30 am / Sunday School: 9:00 am