First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Monday, December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016

Mes amis,

Here's the schedule for Christmas on the corner of Lincoln and Main where weather doesn't factor because of increasing light, salt, and leaven:

December 24 (Christmas Eve)

Worship in the sanctuary at 4:00 p.m.
Worship in the chapel at 11:00 p.m.

December 25 (Christmas Day)

Worship in the chapel at 7:20 a.m.
Worship in the sanctuary at 9:50 a.m.

Whenever I've taught homiletics, I've always started classes with two quotes.

Barth: "It's not a matter of whether one wants to preach but whether one can."

Parenthetically, both quotes explain a lot if you know what I mean.

Macleod: "If it's worth preaching once, it's worth preaching twice; and if it's not worth preaching twice, it's not worth preaching once."

Moretheless, and it's for those in worship at the second service on 12/18 to know and for others to find out, there's a powerful blessing awaiting folks - invite, welcome, include, and love and forward this schedule - on Christmas Eve in the sanctuary at 4:00 p.m.  Hint.  Martin Luther said, "Music aligns the heart with God."
Yes, David was right: "God inhabits the praises...[aka worship]...of His people."  So I'd make 'em all!

Despite -2 degrees with a wind chill coming down at -15 degrees, worship was great on 12/18 and worship attendance, especially at the second service, was pretty impressive as well as Holy Spirited!  Listen to the prayers in the archived version of the service on for more on that.

During the 12/13 broadcast of KD on, Tony led an apocalyptic moment about refreshing the soul by refreshing the remembrances by refreshing the behavior of Christmases past.  In other words, if you're wondering why some folks just aren't into it/Him like before - God knows Jesus isn't what He used to be in so many churches today - go to the archives of, click on 12/13, and listen to Tony explode with joy and love and wonder and praise and...

Then invite, welcome, include, and love every Sunday...beginning this weekend!

Blessings and Love!

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