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Russell's Ritings...

Have you ever wondered why Mary went to the grave of Jesus on that first Easter? After all, it had been rendered almost impenetrable by a huge stone and then protected by a Centurion guard! Why did she go? She had many reasons NOT to go. It had been a hectic week and she could use the rest. Besides, she didn’t have the physical strength to roll away the stone. But here she was, early in the morning, on her way to the tomb.

Many times I hear people say, “I have to go to church today.” I don’t believe I have ever said that. I always say “I GET to go to church today.” I just don’t feel right if I don’t go! One of the most memorable sermons I ever heard was early in my ministry when one of our bishops preached at Annual Conference a sermon simply entitled, “The beans taste better when you go to church on Sunday.” Perhaps Mary went to the tomb because she wouldn’t have felt right if she had NOT gone?

Sometimes we hear preachers make very tasteless remarks on Easter such as wishing congregants a “Merry Christmas” because (according to some) many won’t be seen again until Christmas. This is embarrassing. Rest assured you will never hear me say something like that. I am HAPPY to see you, and I can’t wait for Sunday. We find our answer to many problems at worship. Mary certainly worried about the stone in front of the tomb. Her worry vanished when she arrived and the stone was gone! Many times our worries are rolled away before we even arrive at the scene of our troubles.

SO – see you Sunday. We have two services, 8:30 and 10:30. The Chancel Choir will be singing at both, and special music will be at both, and I will be preaching different sermons so come and spend the morning! The early sermon is “Is Our Preaching in Vain?” (I Corinthians 15:14), and the later sermon is “The True Vine” (John 15: 1 – 8).

I hope to see you on the SUNDAY OF SUNDAYS!

Russell

Blessings,

Russell

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Some years back I read about an exercise which I then tried in a Bible Study group at the beginning of Advent. It was very simple. I asked half the room to sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and the other half of the room to sing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. It was really a funny experiment – but it drove home a valuable lesson to those who participated. The secular song was louder, more joyous, and more expressive. The sacred song was subdued, slow, and devoid of expression. Many of us take the secular road during this blessed season, and we should be on the sacred road which leads to the manger.

How about us this season? The season begins this Sunday, the 1st Sunday in Advent. We are all talking about what we are giving and getting, where we are traveling or who is traveling to see us, where we are partying and what we are eating, and on and on. But that is not what the season is all about. If you went to the doctor and she/he told you your cholesterol was 275 you would probably want to do something about it – maybe exercise and stop eating French fries. If you went to the doctor and your blood pressure was 185 over 150 you might want to take some medication and lose some weight. Advent is a time to do a spiritual checkup, wake up, and get ready.

Our church is offering many, many ways to get ready and I hope you take advantage. It is my prayer this will be a holy time for you and yours filled with happiness and joy.

I hope to see you Sunday. We light the first candle of the Advent Wreath, our Adult Ed class will be studying James Moore’s little book “Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break”, our annual Christmas Dinner is next Saturday, December 5, our “Lessons and Carols” is coming December 20, and much, much more.

This Sunday our sermon is “Who is Coming?” and the text is Jeremiah 33: 14 – 16.

See you Sunday – and invite a friend!

Russell

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