Notice! Notice! Notice!
Christmas Eve this year falls on a Sunday. Therefore, the NSUMC will hold one COMBINED Christmas Eve/Sunday worship service at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday December 24th directed by our pastor, the Rev. Carroll C. Moore. So, be sure to mark your calendar right away, and remember that there will NOT be a 9:00 a.m. worship service Sunday morning, December 24, 2017 but one, single COMBINED Christmas Eve/Sunday worship service at 4:00 p.m.!
An Important Message!
October 13, 2017
For the past month or so I have been focusing on our mission as Christ’s Church to constantly be in prayer and to constantly keep watch for our Lord’s promised return. As it is, I feel that mission to be very specific to my calling from God and His Son, Jesus. And thus, I have endeavored to continually speak, write and act to remind all in our fellowship of our calling to prayer and of our attention to the “signs of the times” as regards our Lord’s return.
I would like to stress here that our Lord’s return is frequently likened, by the Prophets and the Gospels, to the birth of a child. As most women who have experienced a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy understand, the day or the hour of delivery is simply unknown. However, the final days of such a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy are well known and are, in fact, anxiously anticipated. Within those “final days” there is much speculation and joyful anticipation for the birth of the child, and signs of its arrival, within the period of those “last day” are diligently observed and noted, with each sign being held as a hopeful possibility of an imminent birth.
As already noted, so it is with our Lord’s return. Whereas the hour or the day of his return remains unknown -- unknown up until moments before the actual appearance (birth), all can know, all should know, when the last days are at hand. Be assured, we are in those last days. But, as with a birth, it takes enlightened understanding and foreknowledge of the mechanics of the process for the signs of that process to be even recognized. And once that process is understood, then one must be diligently aware, seek for, and interpret any and all signs (symptoms) displayed by the one soon to deliver. That, in a nutshell, is the directive we received from our Lord to continually exercise. We are to watch, and watch with knowledge and understanding of the process for his promised returned.
As amazing as it always sounds, we have all heard of instances where a woman has, to her utter shock and bewilderment, given birth not even knowing she was pregnant. Many factors play into such a thing. Total ignorance of the natural process and/or total ignorance of her own body and “symptoms” are two likely factors. Let us not be so unawares! Let us strive to understand the process (for a lack of a better word) and the signs of our Lord’s return. He told us to watch. And, he told us what to watch for. Jesus wanted, and wants, us to be aware, ready and not to be caught off guard. He told us to watch and pray for his return. Knowing the times and the signs of that event are entirely possible. If such was impossible, why would Jesus tell us to watch and what to watch for?
So, my friends, let us keep watch. The Church is in labor. She is close to her delivery. Our salvation is much closer now than when we first believed. And so, let us pray as Jesus taught us…”thy kingdom come!”
North Salem United Methodist Church
"Softly and Tenderly"
We have recently come across some interesting history of the North Salem United Methodist Church. To check out some milestone dates and a list of past and present pastors...
December 6, 2017
WAITNG IN THE DARK
The Advent Journey we are now on reminds us of what it means to wait. We are not always good about this in our lives. We join Mary and Joseph as they await the birth of their son, Jesus. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the birth as there is in any birth. The whole world is waiting with them. Today many wait in the dark for elimination of racism, of human trafficking, of homelessness, and other social issues that strike at the core of their being. These moments in our lives when they happen bring us to our knees, and the invitation within them is to trust that God is at work. It is in the darkness that God works. Advent invites us to trust that God is doing deeper work than we can see.
So often we think we are in control and when the darkness comes we realize that is an illusion. Margaret Benefial writes, “All is obscured, yet God has not departed. In fact, something more profound than we can imagine is occurring and will only be revealed in due time, like the birth that follows the darkness of gestation.” It is holy waiting which is being open and trusting for the work we must do to be revealed when birth takes place.
...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind...
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