Garrison Church of God
Alan L. Hathaway, Pastor
Church email: email@example.com
Office: 463-2813 ~ Parsonage: 463-7407
235 Hancock Way, P.O. Box 413 Garrison, ND 58540
Week of Nov 27- Dec 3, 2022
Wednesday Evening – 6:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 27 – 1st Sunday of Advent: Character - John The Baptist. Devotion: Phyllis Wiggins - Matthew 17:7-13 – The Mission of Elijah and John the Baptist. Message: “A Turn Of Heart” Malachi 4:1-6 & Luke 1:13-17. Thought: The mission of Christmas is God seeking to change the hearts of humanity.
Income for Nov. 20 – $1632.00
A special thank you to all those who have been faithful in your support of our fellowship.
Advent is an ancient observance in the Christian church. The earliest advent observance guides appeared in the 500s in what is now France. There is a lot of conflict over the date of Christmas. Many attribute the date to pagan celebrations that happened around December 25. However, this is incorrect. Some of the practices associated with those festivals made their way into the Christian celebration of Christmas but they are not the origin of this season. While early Christians did not observe the birthdate of Jesus, they did observe the the Annunciation to Mary as the date of Jesus’ conception by the power of the Holy Spirit. This celebration is known from the 2nd Christian century [100s]. When Western Christianity decided to focus on the birth of Jesus instead, the Christian community merely counted from the Annunciation celebration 9 months to arrive at the date of Christ’s birth. That is how we got to December 25.
The Advent season was actually an absorption of an already existing Christian Catechism training period ending on January 6 which Christians had celebrated as the baptism date of Jesus by John the Baptist. The catechumens would fast and prepare for 6 weeks for their baptism on January 6. This close association led to our concept of the 12 days of Christmas.
The focus on the birth of Jesus in Western Christianity shifted the emphasis of doctrine in the Western Church to the incarnation. It also reminds us that just as Jesus came the 1st time he has promised to return. These are the reasons we celebrate the Advent.
Introduction to the sermon:
The 1st Sunday of Advent generally focuses on the proclamation of the coming of Jesus Christ. The Biblical character most closely associated with this is John the Baptist. This Sunday we will look as the mission and ministry of John the Baptist as proclaimed in Malachi 4:1-6 and Luke 1:13-14. John the Baptist was the forerunner of the Messiah and his message was a message of repentance. It was a call to change the direction of our hearts. Often the illustration of repentance is to take a U-turn in our thinking. While this is simplistic it does reflect the basic idea.
We have habits, attitudes and actions that are destructive to others, ourselves and the culture around us. In addition we all have wounded the heart of God by our sinful actions. The relationship between children and their parents is where this brokenness manifests itself most. It is in these relationships where caustic words and actions can leave deep festering wounds that are not easy to heal.
Part of the mission of John the Baptist in preparation for the coming of Jesus was to turn the hearts of children and parents back toward one another. Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 would expand this mission to the church community by calling us to a “ministry of reconciliation”. Our desire as Christians should be the healing of relationships between individuals and God through repentance and trust in Jesus Christ and between estranged people through repentance and forgiveness. This is our mission in the world.
Pastor Alan will share a video sermonette for today on the Garrison Church of God Facebook page and YouTube channel: Please use “Garrison Church of God” in the search to get to these pages. We post the audio of the service on our website “sermon download” page following service - www.garrisonchurchofgod.com.
Wednesday, Nov. 30 – No Service.
Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3 – Garrison Dickens Days
Sunday, Dec. 4 – 2nd Sunday of Advent: Character - Joseph. Advent Devotion: Donna Shafer - Matthew 1:18-25 – Living with Christian Character. Message: “The End of Reproach.” Genesis 30:22-24; Psalm 81:1-9 & Genesis 3:21-23. Thought: The character of a Christian is formed in the midst the struggles of faith
Wednesday, Dec. 7 – No Service.
Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10 – Garrison Dickens Days
Saturday, Dec. 10 – MIP Seminar.
Sunday, Dec. 11 – 3rd Sunday of Advent: Character - Mary. Advent Devotion: GorJean Moll - Luke 1:45-55 – Living with a sense of Purpose. Message: “Giving a Serpent A Headache.” Genesis 3:15; Luke 10:18-21 & Luke 1:38. Thought: The purpose of the Christian life is to do the will of God and frustrate the purposes of Satan in the world
Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Fellowship Evening 5:30
Sunday, Dec. 18 –4th Sunday of Advent: Character – Isaiah. Advent Devotion: Rick Fetzer - Isaiah 9:1-7 – Bringing the Light of the Gospel. Communion. Christmas Program and Fellowship Meal.
Wednesday, Dec. 21 – 5:30 pm – Caroling. [Fellowship time following]
Saturday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Service [TBA]
Sunday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day. There will be a brief Christmas Service [30 Minutes].
Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Service at BLC, 10:15 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 28 – 5:30 Cabin Fever Film Night.
Saturday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve.