Pastor Thomas J. McKinnon, Jr.
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Monthly Message From the Study of Donegal Presbyterian Church
You will have one week left before the season of Advent begins on December 1, a Sunday, if you received this copy on November 24. Let me be the first to wish you a “HAPPY NEW YEAR”! Whoa, what happened to Advent?? That is a very good question in light of the ever encroaching “Christmas-hype” that will one day begin on or around October 1! It starts earlier each year.
From a liturgical viewpoint, December 1, 2013, begins a new lectionary year, “A”, so it is a “Happy New Year”, after all. Every church “new year” begins with Advent which prepares us for the season of Christmas, but you knew that, I hope! I have four wonderful opportunities to help prepare the way for the birth of Jesus Christ that will be available for those who are able to worship at Donegal. Here they are and I am excited about the possibilities they will bring about, especially if you are being drained by the pressure of producing a “Perfect Christmas”!
- Adult Ed. Series – Over the four Sundays of Advent I will be leading a very insightful series on Adam Hamilton’s, “The Journey”, a study to help us better understand the events that led up to the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem; to see more clearly the theological significance of the Nativity; and to reflect upon the meaning of these events for your life. The 10-12 minute video clips are “eye-opening”, as we get a better understanding of Mary of Nazareth, Joseph of Bethlehem, Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, and the “journey” from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
- Time for Kids – During both services of worship, I will be reading a brief story called the “Christmas Present”, by Jan Wahl. It was published in 1999 and I found it in a discount section in a book store; no one there had ever read it. I encourage parents to talk with your kids about what they hear, especially on December 22. The story begins on the day before Christmas Eve, when Rag Man Henry and his son help an injured dog and receive a wonderful gift in return. A fabulous ending!
- BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS, Sunday, December 15, 4:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall. This will be our 16th year. Check the bulletin for details. This is a service of worship that will lift your spirits! Tell your friends and remember, you can come, even if you don’t have a pet!
- CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES, 5 & 8 p.m. Come to the 5 p.m. service if you enjoy a contemporary flair for worship as we are paid a visit by the Innkeeper and friends. It will give you something to “ponder”. The 8 p.m. service has more of a traditional touch without being predictable. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is done at both services, along with the singing of “Silent Night” and the lighting of candles from the Christ candle. Please, do not let 1 ½ inches of snow deter you from coming!
Enjoy Advent ! !