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December 17, 2018

How did I miss this one? Lay's has released a 12 Days Of Flavors Chip-Stuffed Advent Calendar [click here to read the article]. Oh, it's probably just as well that I did . . . especially after accepting the reality that I shouldn't be drinking pop because there is so much sugar in it. I knew that there was "a lot" of sugar in a can of Coke . . . but seeing a pictorial description puts it into a realistic perspective. Ouch! And sigh!  

Mary didn't miss the implications of Gabriel's visit. Those words you will conceive must have been terrifying to the young teen-aged girl. Her neighbours would be shocked. Her family would be shamed. Her husband-to-be would be mortified. And she would be humiliated.

And yet she was willing to do what God wanted her to do, even if it cost her dignity [or her life]: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say [Luke 1:38, The Message] May we have the same attitude.

To read yesterday's message on Mary's response to Gabriel's visit and to God's call [and on Coke, cannabis, and commitment], click here.

This coming Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Advent. We'll light the last of the Advent candles that remind us of the incarnation as we continue to remember and focus on the birth of the Christ Child. Our message looks at the Holy Family and at God's plan for our redemption. We'll continue our series not your usual attitudes . . . I'm Going to Believe!

Have you been following along as we read through the Christmas story this Advent? Join me as we read through the story slowly so that we can fully reflect on its meaning as we turn our hearts toward Christmas. This week we finish our readings with life after the birth of Jesus:

  • December 17   Luke 2:8-20                      
  • December 18   Luke 2:21
  • December 19   Luke 2:22-24                    
  • December 20   Luke 2:25-35
  • December 21   Luke 2:36-38                    
  • December 22   Matthew 2:1-12
  • December 23   Matthew 2: 13-18           
  • December 24   Matthew 2:19-23

There are two times during the church year that people are most open to an invitation to join you at a service: Easter and Christmas. On Christmas Eve we'll gather for our candlelight service at 7pm . . . a time of joyous reflection of the incarnation. We will conclude our Advent series with the message I Will Celebrate as we remember the Christ Child who brought light and peace into our world. Why not invite someone to join you as we look to the Babe in the manger?

We are glad for those who were able to join us at the annual open house Christmas fellowship last evening [and we are sorry if you were not able to]. It was an enjoyable and relaxing time as we met together.

Compassion as a Lifestyle is the theme [the challenge] of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Inspired by Jesus, who said whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me [Matthew 25:40],  we look beyond ourselves to see the needs of others – and act in His name to do something great for Him.

Eliezer Garcia Suarez is the 12-year-old son of Pastor Norma Suarez Niles and Jesus Garcia Oberto of the Unas Church in Cuba who died in the plane accident in Cuba last May. We have made a commitment to meet his needs by giving $30 a month for the next 10 years [along with birthday and Christmas gifts].

If you would like to be part of the support team, please indicate Child Sponsorship on your tithe envelope or through your on-line giving.

The Fifth Annual CHRI Pajama Drive is underway. The station is asking for donations of new PJs, which will be distributed through local and rural food banks and to given to families who face difficult challenges such as poverty, addiction, domestic violence and mental health challenges.

The Pajama Drive will continue until the end of February. Click here for more information.

Denominationally . . . the 2017-2018 Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada gift catalogue can be found on-line [click here to access a copy; you can also pick one up from the table at the back of the sanctuary]. You can give through the church or directly to NCMC either on-line [click here] or by mail. 

This will be the last issue of our Monday Musings for 2018. Look for the next copy of our church newsletter in your e-mail box on January 7.

Income tax receipts for the current calendar year will be issued early in 2019. Donations received at the church by December 30 will be receipted for year 2018.  You may also give through our on-line giving site [click here] or through e-transfer to ottawatrinity@rogers.com until and including December 31.

Sundays to Come

  • Dec 23:         I'm Going to Believe
  • Dec 24:         I Will Celebrate
  • Dec 30:         Matt Speaking
  • Jan 06:          We Are . . .
  • Jan 13:          The Old Covenants: Eden
  • Jan 20           The Old Covenants: Noah
  • Jan 27:          The Old Covenants: Abraham
  • Feb 03:          The Old Covenants: Moses
  • Feb 10:          The Old Covenants: David
  • Feb 17:          The Old New Covenant