Taken from Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
LET us to-day go down to Bethlehem, and in company with wondering shepherds and adoring Magi, let us see Him who was born King of the Jews, for we by faith can claim an interest in Him, and can sing, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.” Jesus is Jehovah incarnate, our Lord and our God, and yet our brother and friend; let us adore and admire. Let us notice at the very first glance His miraculous conception . It was a thing unheard of before, and unparalleled since, that a virgin should conceive and bear a Son. The first promise ran thus, “The seed of the woman,” not the offspring of the man. Since venturous woman led the way in the sin which brought forth Paradise lost, she, and she alone, ushers in the Regainer of Paradise. Our Saviour, although truly man, was as to His human nature the Holy One of God. Let us reverently bow before the holy Child whose innocence restores to manhood its ancient glory; and let us pray that He may be formed in us, the hope of glory. Fail not to note His humble parentage . His mother has been described simply as “a virgin,” not a princess, or prophetess, nor a matron of large estate. True the blood of kings ran in her veins; nor was her mind a weak and untaught one, for she could sing most sweetly a song of praise; but yet how humble her position, how poor the man to whom she stood affianced, and how miserable the accommodation afforded to the new-born King!
Immanuel , God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendour.
The ladies of the Women's Guild held their annual Spaghetti Supper Saturday evening, November 3, 2012. We thank the ladies and all who came out in support of this fund-raiser.
The St. Andrew's Preschool/Kg. Thanksgiving Program took place Thursday, November 15, 2012. A feast followed downstairs with food the children had helped make: Pumpkin muffins, applesauce, and trail mix.
The Feast Day of St. Andrew was observed Friday evening, November 30, 2012 with a pot luck meal in the Parish Hall and the Service of Holy Communion in the Chapel.
We welcomed our new missionaries, Rev. Dr. Matt Colvin and his wife, Sora, who were with us for worship on Sunday, December 2, 2012. Rev. Matt preached during Holy Communion. Then, we enjoyed refreshments and fellowship with them during a special coffee hour in the Parish Hall. They leave this month for their mission work in the Philippines . We will continue to pray for them as they and their family adjust to their new culture and ministry there. May many souls be won to the Lord and families helped during pregnancies and deliveries, as Sora works as a mid-wife. Plus, may other missionaries and children be helped and uplifted as Rev. Matt will be a teacher at the school the missionaries' children attend.
Edward Clarage, age 71, went to be with the Lord November 18, 2012. Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by his children, Matthew and Pamela.
WOMEN'S GUILD BAKE SALE & CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Sunday, December 9, 2012 following the morning service
CHRISTMAS NATIVITY PAGEANT
Presented by the St. Andrew's Preschool/Kg. and the Sunday School children
Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Refreshments following downstairs in the Parish Hall
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Monday, December 24, 2012
Service at 10:00 p.m.
Refreshments following in Parish Hall
MISSIONIARIES of the MONTH
New Missionaries, Rev. Dr. Matt and Sora Colvin, leave shortly with their family for their mission work in the Philippines . Please be in much prayer for them.
Please consider giving them monthly financial support or join in sending special offerings for them. Thank you!
MERRY CHRISTMAS! GOD BLESS US ALL, EVERYONE!
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.”
Dec. 6 - Jamal Sellers
Dec. 6 - Cordelia Olotu
Dec. 7 - Sunny Stiklius
Dec. 10 - Renee Hassert
Dec. 11 - Loretta Sellers
Dec. 14 - Jeremiah Nyboer
Dec. 16 - Barney Reagan
Dec. 17 - Robyn Poole
Dec. 17 - William O'Brien
Dec. 20 - Leah Andricopolus
Dec. 26 - Joseph Tjoelker