First Sunday of Christmas - December 26 @ 10:00am
"Where's Jesus?" - 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
& Luke 2:41-52
Parish Associate Kathie Pownall preaching
readings have two temples and two boys – one apparently lost and
one apparently given away. But the one boy is not at all lost but
is at home in the Temple doing God’s work, and the other is making
his home in the Temple and slowly discovering what may well be
the focus of his own life’s work for God.
Join us for
IN-PERSON WORSHIP on Sunday at 10:00am; doors open at
9:40am. We have developed guidelines for your safety, including
social distancing, mask wearing, and collecting contact tracing
information. Click here to read a complete list of
these guidelines if you plan to attend. For those who are not yet
ready or able to attend our service in person, a
live-streamed/recorded option is available on our website.
us in WORSHIP ONLINE this December 26, click on the picture above to go
to our Concord website. Near the bottom of the home page,
click on the same picture to connect with the worship video. The worship service will be available live at 10:00am Sunday
morning or later in the day to view at your convenience.
We will not gather
for J.A.M Session on Sundays, December 26 and January 2, but we
hope children of all ages will join us for worship in the
Sanctuary both Sundays.
J.A.M. Session will return Sunday, January 9 in the
Chapel, with Bible stories and fun activities for children and
NO MUG & MUFFIN
on Wed., December 29
Our weekly MUG
& MUFFIN Bible study will return Wed.,
January 5 from 10:00-11:00am,
led by Pastor Steve Clark. To join the Zoom gathering ONLINE,
click on this link.
Sunday, January 9
(in person and via Zoom)
Purpose: Election of officers
(Zoom link will be available in Jan. 6 issue of Concord
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did
not overcome it. (John 1:5)
As night fell on December 10, a
horrific line of powerful tornadoes ripped across several states,
ending the lives of more than 100 people and wreaking devastation
across many communities by the time morning had broken. One of
these tornadoes was on the ground for a terrifying and
unprecedented 250 miles, more than 200 of those miles in Kentucky
alone, where the town of Mayfield saw the catastrophic
destruction of much of the downtown area, including the
Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist churches.
In the wake of these terrible and
catastrophic storms, it is the role of ordinary people of faith
like us to shine as light in this bleakest of winters. We are
called to be the hands and feet of God as we reach out to
shelter, feed, care for, and help rebuild the lives of those who
have lost loved ones, homes, work, and a sense of safety as a
result of the tornadoes.
share your financial blessings with survivors of the December 10
tornadoes in Kentucky, Illinois, and surrounding states, make
checks payable to Concord, memo: PDA: Tornadoes.
father Watson Day died on Tues., Dec. 14. Prayers
of sympathy for Bonnie's entire family, especially her mother,
in the days ahead. (obit)
Prayers of sympathy also for the family of former
Concord member Louise Weldy, who passed away Nov.
29 in Mechanicsville, PA. (obit)
Prayers of comfort & consolation for Jean Custin
& family. Her mother Ann Jacobs died recently.
Continued prayers for Duane Jessup's brother Ron
- under hospice care at home & heavily medicated.
Prayers for the Linds - Phil fell & cracked his rib;
very painful. Carol is dealing with Phil's
declining memory, as well as her own health issues.
Carol Haas expressed thanks that Chris Hazel was
home & able to step in at the last minute to manage the camera
for the live-stream Christmas concert. The
concert has been viewed over 400 times online - a joy.
Prayers for Carol
Haas' friend Jean -
her husband died last year & now she has been diagnosed with
Prayers also for Steve's daughter-in-law Jess who
was also recently diagnosed with lupus.
Healing prayers for Preschool teacher Kathleen Nelson
- suffering with long-term medical issues;
Prayers of comfort
for Wayne Stahl - experiencing
persistent nausea from anti-seizure medications.
Safe travels for all those visiting over the holidays,
including Alex Greene, heading east from OR to
visit a friend. Also prayers of patience &
safety for airline/ airport employees working hard
over the holidays to get folks to their destinations.
Prayers for all the mariners who are "stuck"
on the ships waiting to be unloaded at ports on
both coasts of our country.
Prayers for doctors & healthcare workers dealing
with yet another COVID variant.
A Diaspora Prayer Group prays on Mondays at 9:00am for
those on the church prayer list (of which this is just a
part). If you would like to add names/needs to this list
and this ministry of prayer, click here: email@example.com.
Each Sunday morning in Advent, Concord’s
JAM sessions have begun with a special gathering time around the
Communion table using Godly Play. As we began each story, we
were reminded that “Advent is the time we get ready to celebrate
the mystery of Christmas, the time we are all
on the way to Bethlehem. But who will show us the way?”
- The prophets, like Isaiah, show us the
way. Isaiah said that one day the Messiah would be born
and would be like a light shining in the darkness.
- Mary and Joseph show us the way. An angel came to
them and said “Do not be afraid. Be joyful. You will have God’s
special son. You will name him Jesus.”
- The shepherds show us the way. An angel came to
them and said “Do not be afraid. Be joyful. Today a savior,
God’s special son is born in Bethlehem. You will find him
lying in a manger.”
- The Magi show us the way. The Magi saw a special
star in the sky, a star for a king. They followed the star to
Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the newborn king: gifts of gold,
frankincense and myrrh.
Let us enjoy the light of the
prophets…the Holy Family…the shepherds…and the Magi.
As part of Sunday’s
J.A.M activities, Concord’s children and youth decorated and filled
luminaries to light the way to worship on Christmas Eve. “The
people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who
dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”
Also, just for fun
and no theological reason whatsoever, J.A.M. Session participants
made adorable pom-pom gnome ornaments. (Christina still hasn't
quite worked out how to include the gnomes in the Christmas
We will receive the
Christmas Joy Offering throughout the month of December.
Give a gift that opens doors.
When we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!
Make checks payable to Concord, memo: Christmas Joy or donate online.
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After Wesley's death I wrote several
"Lessons" that he taught us while he was alive. One of
my favorites came to mind when I learned Al and I would be
lighting the Advent Wreath this Sunday, and I would like to share
that with you. Enjoy.
Lesson #3 – “Jesus is the Light of the World”,
a Statement of Faith
tradition in our church is to have an Advent Wreath displayed up
front and to have a different family light a new candle each week
throughout Advent. Each family member recites or reads a little
passage. Wes loved the Advent wreath and we had one at home also.
One year when Wes was about 5 or 6 years
old, we were asked to light a candle. Each of us read a little
passage and I wasn’t sure what Wes could say since he was not
very verbal. So I decided to teach him to say, “Jesus is the light
of the world.” We practiced this each night and he got it
memorized. When his turn came, I held the microphone and he
repeated, “Jesus is the light of the world” into
Five or six years later I took Wesley to
see the Disney movie The Prince of Egypt.
It is the story of Moses. Wesley was munching on his popcorn, and
I didn’t really know if he was paying attention. Then we got to
the part in the movie about the burning bush. Disney depicted it
as more of a radiant light coming from the bush; on fire, but the
bush was not consumed. All of a sudden, Wesley said, clear as a
bell, “Jesus is the light of the world”.
I was immediately in tears because he
was able to communicate to me that he understood that fundamental
truth, and the movie had triggered that understanding. The
miracle was that he was able to share that with me.
We continued to watch the movie and they
came to the part where a pillar of fire leads the Israelites
through the dessert at night. Disney depicted this as a
whirlwind, a narrow tornado shape, which was on fire. Wesley
looked a moment and then again said, “Jesus is the light of the
From then on, I knew that Wesley
understood the faith that our congregation tried to teach him all
It’s a simple faith: “Jesus IS
the light of the world” and if we can learn to live like Jesus
taught us, we will have a good life here and join Him in heaven
when our spirit passes on. Wesley knew that and accepted that as
Lesson Learned: Share your faith
with others, mostly in your actions, but sometimes in words. Keep
it the simple truth.