CONTINUE IN PRAYER
It is interesting to remark how large a portion of Sacred writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;” and just as we are about to close the volume, the “Amen” of an earnest supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling Jacob; there a Daniel who prayed three times a day; and a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see Elias; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in His Work, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If He has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it. So deep are our necessities, that until we are in heaven we must not cease to pray. Dost thou want nothing? Then, I fear thou dost not know thy poverty. Hast thou no mercy to ask of God? Then, may the Lord’s mercy show thee thy misery!
A prayerless soul is a Christless soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honour of a Christian. If thou be a child of God, thou wilt seek thy Father’s face, and live in thy Father’s love. Pray that this year Thou mayst be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer communion with Christ, and enter oftener into the banqueting-house of His love. Pray that thou mayst be an example and a blessing unto others, and that thou mayst live more to the glory of thy Master.
The motto for this year must be “Continue in prayer.” Colossians 4:2
--Taken from Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
The Feast Day of St. Andrew was observed Tuesday evening, November 30, 2010. A Pot-luck Dinner was enjoyed by all at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Holy Communion was celebrated in the chapel at 7:30 p.m.
The church was decorated for Advent and Christmas on Saturday, December 4, 2010. A big “Thank You” to all who came out to help.
St. Andrew’s Preschool Christmas Program took place Thursday morning, December 16, 2010. Parents and family enjoyed watching and listening to the children sing carols and songs of the season.
The Annual Candlelight Communion Service was celebrated at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The service was preceded by a carol sing at 9:30 p.m. and followed with refreshments in the Parish Hall beginning at 11:20 p.m. It was a beautiful snowy night. The music was glorious, proclaiming Christ’s birth! Flutist, Kari Hoffman, shared her talents by doing a song with the choir. For such a snowy night, the service and reception were well attended.
Our condolences are extended to Edwina Greco and her family at the death of her son, Carmen, December 19th. Our prayers are with Eddy and her family.
We also grieve with Sara Levi and family at the loss of Sara’s grandfather on December 15th. He is now with his heavenly father and dear wife.
Appreciation is extended to all who brought food and paper goods for the Tinley Park Food Pantry during Advent and Christmas. Your generosity is much needed by the homeless and needy.
MRS. JACKY’S SOLDIERS
Please finish bringing in items for this Woman’s Guild Project to help soldiers overseas. The boxes of food, health, hygiene, recreational items go to soldiers who have relatives, friends, or are residents of Oak Lawn and the Southside area. These boxes uplift the soldiers’ spirits and give them a touch of home. Give generously! Boxes go out weekly.
PASS (Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs)
PASS Crisis Pregnancy Center in Tinley Park is in need of funds to help them continue to help pregnant girls deliver their babies safely. There is counseling for the young women as well as for their family members and the baby’s father. Girls are encouraged to keep their babies if possible. If not, they are put in contact with a good adoption agency where Christian families are available to adopt, love and raise the children for the Lord.
The Christmas decorations will be taken down Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments will be provided for all those helping. The Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
The 2011 Sign-up Sheet for Coffee Hour on the 2nd Sunday of each month has been posted. Thanks for volunteering.
Missionary of the Month
Rev. David B. Alenskis in Argentina with SAMS, Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders
1 Judy Ashmore
6 Elaine Spencer
8 Shirley Drobnak
11 Henry Leenstra
11 Laura Sutton
12 Marie Bowman
14 George Yapp
18 Caroline Robertson
18 Janet Toomey
19 Will Garrison
26 David Sutton
27 Paul Christenson
by Ruth Lommatzsch
It’s the little things
That add up to
Produce the wonders
You can do.
Why you can give
One little penny
And send it where
They haven’t any.
Then you can say
A little prayer;
God’s answer reaches
Just think of all the
Joy it brings;
For this we know,
Prayer changes things!
BE WITH US STILL
Herman von Berge 14th Century
“Our fathers’ God, Thou God of all the ages,
Thro’ all the change of passing years the same;
We look to Thee in awe and adoration
And, bowed in worship, praise Thy holy Name.
For Thou hast through another year
Led with Thy shepherd’s rod
And as of old again hast been
Our patient, loving God.
Thy grace has been from day to day
Our comfort and delight;
Though often Thou hast onward led
Through shadows of the night.
Our fathers’ God, Thou God of all the ages,
Choose Thou our way by Thy own holy will;
And as of yore, through fiery, cloudy pillar,
Be with us still.”