Rev. Dr. William F. (Chip) Summers
Worship Service: 11:00am, Sunday, December 8, 2019. 

          Sermon:  "The Other Nativity"
           Scripture:  Matthew 2:1-12                                            

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A MESSAGE TO THE CONGREGATION FROM YOUR PASTOR

IS IT TIME FOR A FULL TIME PASTOR?

For over a year now, the church has been entertaining the possibility of forming a Pulpit Nominating Committee to seek a full time, installed pastor. As a further step in that process, the Session is inviting the congregation to a meeting to discuss the issue and get the congregation’s input before a decision is made.

               You are invited to come to the fellowship hall at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 12, to discuss the pros and cons of seeking a full-time pastor. A fact sheet outlining the church’s financial position and its obligations if a pastor is called will be distributed and explained. Then there will be an open discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of calling a pastor. If you wish to participate but cannot attend the meeting, you are encouraged to write down your opinions and send them to the church office. All written communications will be read out loud at the meeting.

               The church has made wonderful advances in its programs and ministries over the last six years. The question before us now is whether it is time to take the next step and reclaim the leadership of an installed pastor. Please be faithful in two ways in this circumstance.  First, ask God what is his will, and second, attend the meeting.

                                                           Dr. Chip

DR CHIP’S SERMON, December 1, 2019


"A MIGHTY SAVIOR"

Luke 1:67-79


Zechariah’s prophesy picks up a major theme of the book of Isaiah, that the

Lord will come himself to redeem his people. The startling thing about the

prophecy is that God will come in person. He will not send agents, assistants, or

instructions but will come himself to redeem his people. And when he comes, he

will be a mighty savior. The enemies of Israel will be helpless in the presence of

this one who has sworn to redeem his people. The result of this liberation is “That

we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear,

in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” It is a stirring, hope filled

prophecy.

Luke puts this story directly in front of the nativity story. It is as if he is

challenging us to discover the mighty savior hidden in a manger. How can it be

that this infant boy child is already a mighty savior? The answer lies in the story.

Not the details of the story or the meaning of the story, but the story itself. There

is something about this narrative itself that opens us to becoming more fully

human, something that draws us towards holiness and righteousness. There is

power in the story to break through the crust of defensiveness that we have built

up and speak to our deepest needs. In the story of his birth, Jesus is already a

mighty savior because he has the power to change us.

The power is in the story. I’ve already had several people tell me they were

looking forward to the Christmas Eve service. You remember that the service is

the simplest possible process of listening to the story in Matthew and Luke and

singing the carols that have grown out of the story. We all know the words by

heart. “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus.../ And Mary gave

birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling.../ And there were in the

same country shepherds abiding in the fields keeping watch over their flocks...”

The story has the power to open us to a vision of innocence and purity that has

gotten lost in the turmoil of everyday living. The power is in the story itself. It has

the power to redeem us from cynicism, resentment, and hopelessness.

And that story has given rise to a thousand other stories. I looked up

“Christmas stories” on the internet and found one site that listed 473 separate

stories and poems. Most of these stories pick up the theme of redemption.

  • · By far the best known is Charles’ Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The irascible old Scrooge is redeemed from his early experiences of rejection and disappointment. He is opened again to being human, to caring.
  •   The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a story about redemption. The Grinch’s feelings of anger and isolation are broken down by the Who’s humanity Mary Lou Who is the Christ figure whose love calls the grinch to be new and different life.
  • I read one of the lesser known stories this week. Henry Van Dyke’s, The Other Wise Man, tells of a fourth wise man who is left behind. In his searching for the Christ, he is delayed by doing acts of kindness to several helpless people. At the end, he discovers he has been redeemed by the Christ.
Each of these stories is driven by the notion of redemption. In different

ways, the characters are delivered from cynicism, disillusionment, anger,

defensiveness, and hatred.

       The Christmas story is about a mighty savior, one who comes to redeem us.

He has the greatest power of all, the power to change our heart. His story has

given rise to a thousand other stories about redemption. But what about our

story of redemption? Don’t we have memories of Christmas past that are

redeeming?

   For your worship today, I invite you to think back over the years. Are there

not Christmases when you were brought into the presence of something

redeeming, when your life was opened to wonder and joy? Perhaps it was a year

of reunion when a long absence finally ended. Maybe it was a first Christmas

together. Or again, maybe it was a last Christmas. Was it the year a child was

born that the story took on new meaning?

Was there a year of poverty when the normal getting and buying had to be

laid aside and the story became your story? I invite you to find a quiet time to

think about this. Go over the years and look for those times when Christmas

redeemed anger and isolation and replaced those things with well-being and

contentment and Joy.

And one last thing - It will soon be Christmas again. Is this the year the

story of the infant will become a mighty savior in your life? Is this the year some

crust of world-weariness will be sloughed off? If you find yourself being drawn

into the tangle of human needs and hopes and loves, don’t resist it. A mighty

savior may be opening you to his redeeming power.

I’ll close by adding a new Christmas story. Not long ago, a man took a

hundred dollar bill, went to Costco, bought five heavy jackets at 19.95 each, and

took them to East Cooper Community Outreach. As he went in carrying the

armload of jackets, he passed a young family who huddled together appearing

discouraged. Once inside, the man delivered the coats and went to one side to fill

out the form. Going back through the parking lot, the young man he had passed

stopped him and said, “Did you just buy those coats?” The man said, “yes.” The

young man said, “I went in and asked for one of them. They’re really nice. Thank

you.” For just the briefest instant, God himself, the Living God, the Redeeming

God, was present in the parking lot. The desire to please people may only be the

need for approval, but the desire to please God is transcendent.





 












        





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SENIOR BIBLE STUDY – 2019-2020

    Al Eads Bible Study began with the first Session on September 17th at 10:30.  The topic was the 31 Prophecies of the Apocalypse Utilizing  The Book of Signs  Study Guide prepared   by Dr. David Jeremiah as a guide.  The thirty-one undeniable prophesies are found throughout God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation.  Particular emphasis will be given to the study of the Book of Daniel and the Book of Ezekiel  in the Old Testament then the Words of Jesus as found in the Gospels and Acts followed by writings of Paul and concluding in the Spring with a look at Revelation.

    Each Session of the study includes Scriptures, an overview of Dr. Jeremiah’s teaching on the topic, followed by questions to help each of us to delve into the Bible further and a Did You Know point of interest that will entice you to look further.

There are no  meetings in December. Tentative dates in 2020 are Wednesday, January 15th, Tuesday, February 18th, Wednesday, March 18th, Tuesday, April 14th, and, Wednesday, May 13th. 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS - Meets at 9:45am each Sunday.  


THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS

      Have you ever heard a wonderful sermon and thought “I want to read the rest of that chapter or book of the Bible she was talking about”? Or, have you ever been in a conversation and thought “I am sure there is a scripture passage that would apply to this”? Or have you ever just thought that it would be good for me to sit down and read the Bible?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, the Christian Education committee has just the opportunity for you.

Beginning on January 1, 2020, we will be reading the Bible in 90 days(or 180 days, for  those who want to take a bit more time) and all are encouraged to make this challenge your New Year’s resolution for 2020.

      A 2004 Gallup survey found that only 37% of teenagers could identify a quote from the “Sermon on the Mount.” A 2007 TIME magazine cover story reported that only half of U.S. adults were able to name one of the Gospels. 

      Neglect of God’s Word is so widespread that a whopping 90% of Christians have never read through the entire Bible! While a majority of Americans claim to be Christian, only 10% have actually read the Bible from cover-to-cover. The life-giving power of Scripture is missing from Christians in general. Too spiritually weak to stand against worldly temptations, they fail to follow biblical norms for holy and happy living. Here are just a few of the benefits of reading the Bible in 90 days:

1.      A deepened relationship with God.       

2.      It’s a Bible reading program, not a study: no doctrinal controversies.

3.      Gain Biblical knowledge and understanding that builds confidence and faith.

4.      It’s 90 days (not a year), which helps participants remember to connect key historical persons, events, and more from Genesis to Revelation.

5.      B90 groups build relationships, which contributes to a higher success rate of completing the readings.

6.      Transformational: it’s God’s Word! 

Please consider joining this journey. There will be weekly opportunities to discuss what we have read, and if you would like to have a copy of the Bible with the starting and stopping points for each day marked, please let Lynn M. or Mary Mena K. know, and one can be purchased for you for less than $20.

The specific schedules and Bible references are on the Worship page of this website.


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CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL – 10:00 - 10:45am. We have two multi-age children’s classes. The younger children meet in the nursery and the older children meet in the former choir room.
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Eleven new members have joined YPPC in 2019.