Pastor's Message & Sunday's Bulletin

December 8, 2019 
Second Sunday of Advent
Worship at 10:30 A.M


(new as of December 5, 2019 )

Second Sunday of Advent December 8, 2019

Title: The Peace of God
Scripture: Job 38:1-11 and Mark 4:35-41

Narrative: An artist was commissioned by a wealthy man to paint something that would depict peace. After a great deal of thought, the artist painted a beautiful country scene. There were green fields with cows standing in them, birds were flying in the blue sky and a lovely little village lay in a distant valley. The artist gave the picture to the man, but there was a look of disappointment on his face. The man said to the artist, " This isn’t a picture of true peace. It isn’t right. Go back and try again.
The artist went back to his studio, thought for several hours about peace, then went to his canvas and began to paint. When he was finished, there on the canvas was a beautiful picture of a mother, holding a sleeping baby in her arms, smiling lovingly at the child. He thought, surely, this is true peace, and hurried to give the picture to the wealthy man. But again, the wealthy an refused the painting and asked the painter to try again.
The artist returned to his studio. He was discouraged, he was tired, and he was disappointed. Anger swelled inside him; he felt the rejection of this wealthy man. Again, he thought, he even prayed for inspiration to paint a picture of true peace. Then, all of a sudden, an idea came, he rushed to the canvas and began to paint as he had never painted before. When he finished, he hurried to the wealthy man.
He gave the painting to the man. He studied it carefully for several minutes. The artist held his breath. Then the wealthy man said, "Now this is a picture of true peace."  The rest of the story on Sunday.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Gary


An Old Testament Reading
Job 38:1-11 New Revised Standard Version 

The Lord Answers Job

38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up your loins like a man,
I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone
7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the heavenly beings[a] shouted for joy?
8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb?—
9 when I made the clouds its garment,
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed bounds for it,
and set bars and doors,
11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?

A New Testament Reading
Mark 4: 35-41

Jesus Stills a Storm

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Sermon Title: The Peace of God


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Our Bible Study is:

Wednesday, December 11th is Ladies Night. Michelle will lead a craft and cookie exchange. A swag for your door and an ornament will be made. Bring three dozen of the same cookie and take three dozen different cookies home. Sign-up sheet on the table downstairs.


The adult Bible Class will meet this Sunday morning at 9:15 A.M. We begin our new study, Acts- The Power of the Holy Spirit. We will use the "Passionate Life Series. It is a 12 week study. All welcome.

Men's Lunch will be on every Tuesday at 12:15 P.M. All men are invited to share in this time of fellowship.