December 7, 2018 Newsletter

December 7, 2018 Newsletter

Promises Made. Promises Kept.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.                        -Isiah 9:7

It would be more than 700 years before the above would come to pass. “It’s why Advent is such a special time for Christians,” says Pastor Patty Marsden.  “God’s word was true. A glorious light came into the world when Jesus Christ was born into a manger and changed the world forever.”

At NCC, this year, we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Silent Night, the Christmas Carol that depicts the cold dark night when loves pure light–God’s only begotten son—was born.

“Today, Advent is our time to reflect on the light and to see where God is working in the world,” Pastor Patty reminds us.

At NCC, the joy of advent builds over four weeks, culminating in the services on Christmas Eve, when the Christ advent candle is lit.

One of Pastor Patty’s greatest Advent Joys came on her first Christmas Eve at NCC when she and Dick Gilbert rang the bell.  “We rang that bell, smiling and laughing in pure joy,” Pastor Patty said.”

They only stopped because they had rung the bell so hard the clapper inside the bell had fallen off.

Pastor Patty Marsden lights the advent candles of peace, joy, love and hope.

 

Scouting Out a Great Thanksgiving

                                             

Cub Scouts from Pack 201 make apple pies in the NCC kitchen for the community Thanksgiving that was held at the recreation center. Connor Snow applies the proper tongue English as he carefully peels an apple.

An Advent Poem

It was a time like this,
War & tumult of war,
a horror in the air.
Hungry yawned the abyss-
and yet there came the star
and the child most wonderfully there.

It was time like this
of fear & lust for power,
license & greed and blight-
and yet the Prince of bliss
came into the darkest hour
in quiet & silent light.

And in a time like this
how celebrate his birth
when all things fall apart?
Ah! Wonderful it is
with no room on the earth
the stable is our heart.

            –Madeleine L’Engle

 

 

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