CONGREGATIONAL MEETING DECEMBER 31
The annual Congregational Meeting for 2017 will be held on Sunday, December 31, immediately following the morning worship service. All Green Hill members are asked to attend. The purpose of this meeting is to elect two Elders to the Session.
Information for the January Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, December 18. This early deadline is necessary so we can get the newsletter complete for Christmas. Many thanks to those who contribute!
CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING
The purple Christmas Joy Offering envelopes are in the pew racks for anyone who feels called to make a contribution to this fund. Donations will be used to support retired ministers and their families and for racial and ethnic religious programs at colleges.
If you are going place a poinsettia in the Sanctuary for Christmas, Monday, December 18, is the last day to let the church office know. Please fill out one of the red slips from the pew racks and drop it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door. The names of everyone being honored/remembered will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESBYTERIAN LAY COMMITTEE
“After considering how we speak the Truth of God’s Word into a confused culture, the board of the Presbyterian Lay Committee announces the renaming and reorganizing of the ministry as Reformation Press, a media ministry impressing the mind of Christ into the culture by informing and equipping Christians to speak the mind of Christ on matters of the day. In the coming weeks, the ministry of Layman.org will be discontinued. Further announcements about Reformation Press and The Reconnect radio program will be forthcoming as we reorganize and relaunch in 2018.”
On the second Sunday of Advent we light the candle of Peace. This candle is also referred to as the Bethlehem Candle. It reminds us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It too is purple, reminding us that it was a King who was born in a manger.
LIVE NATIVITY SCENE
Everyone is invited to attend the 26th Annual Drive-Thru Live Nativity at St. Luke United Methodist Church, on Heath Street, in Enterprise. The display will be open on Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This is a wonderful tradition to share with your family.
GREEN HILL CHRISMON TREE
A Chrismon Tree is a variation of the Christmas Tree developed in the 20th century. It is decorated with ornaments called Chrismons, or Christian Symbols. The concept was developed in 1957 by Frances Kipps Spencer, a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia. Mrs. Spencer wanted to create decorations appropriate for a church’s Christmas celebrations.
At Green Hill Presbyterian Church, we carry on the tradition of the Chrismon Tree. All of our ornaments have been hand made by the ladies of the church, with some of the ornaments being over thirty years old. Each year the tree is decorated by our church family as part of the Greening of the Church.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the church on Wednesday to take part in decorating the tree. Mrs. Spencer stated a tree was never finished until someone came to see it and have the story of Christ explained to them through the ornaments. We are proud to continue this tradition.
On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Hope. This candle is also referred to as the Prophecy Candle. It reminds us that Jesus’ coming was prophesied hundreds of years before He was born. The candle’s purple color represents Christ’s royalty as King of Kings.
BETWEEN MEMORY AND HOPE
An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003, 96)
In Advent we expectantly wait for the One who has already come. We anticipate the promised justice of God’s new world, yet we praise God who raised the “righteous branch” to rule with justice and righteousness. We hope for the restoration of the afflicted, the tormented, and the grieving, yet we delight that healing has come in Christ. We long for the beating of swords into plowshares, yet we rejoice that the Prince of Peace has appeared. We yearn for the barren deserts of our inner cities to flourish, yet we laud the desert Rose that has bloomed. We dream of the land where lions and lambs live in harmony, yet we acclaim the child born to lead us into the promised land.
Christ has come! Christ is risen! Christ will come again! In Advent, we are living between the first and the second coming of the Lord. The dialectical tension of maranatha [alternately translated “Come, our Lord!” or “Our Lord has come”] — placing us between memory and hope, past and future — may strengthen our Advent liturgies. Perhaps we need to cling to the ancient cry of maranatha! and its paradoxical meanings so we may freely embrace “the new thing” prophesied by Isaiah (Isaiah 43:19) that God is doing among us right now. The tension and paradox we find in Advent shapes our celebrations during the season.
Holy Communion at Green Hill is open to all believers, all who trust Christ as their Lord and Savior. You do not need to be a member of Green Hill to receive Communion. You are warmly invited to share the Bread and the Cup from the Lord’s Table. Communion is offered at Green Hill on the 1st Sunday of each month.
“What Unites, Divides” * Rev. Timothy Oleksy
Service Begins at 11:00am. All are Welcome!
Old Testament: Exodus 12:1-14
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 11:14-34