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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."  Psalm 95:1

Could have chosen any number of scripture verses that referred to singing, but this one works quite well because the noise was joyful indeed.

A good bunch of us went caroling Sunday night.  Our youngest singer was 7 (?), our oldest singer was older than that.  We sang in two dining rooms of places where some of our SOV members live.  It was grand fun.  We sang a lot.  We sang loudly, and gosh it felt good.  It was particularly sweet to see the folks we came to sing to also sing along with us, song after song.  (Though one lady did put her fingers in her ears, it seems not everyone shares this particular joy, sorry ma'am.)

And when we finished singing it was even better.  We shared greetings of Merry Christmas, along with hand shakes and hugs.  Strangers, but in one sense not, because together we made "a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation".

Thanks Lord, for the opportunity.  May we all make our own joyful noise.

Blessings,
Pastor Randy

"Gracious God, we pause in wonder and adoration at the gift of the Incarnation.  That you would accompany us on our journey is a mystery, no matter how many times times we celebrate it.  It is with joy, gratitude and awe that we receive you into our midst yet again this Advent season.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     5:30/5:45 p Advent Soup
                     6:30 p  Advent "Jesse Tree"
                     7:00 p SOV Choir practice

Thursday     10:00 a Christmas Caroling
                     6:30 p  KOK Christmas Program

Saturday      2:00 - 4:00 p  Sunday School Christmas program rehearsal
                    5:00 - 8:00 p  SOV Youth Fundraiser/ Babysitting night @ SOV

Sunday        8:30 a Regular Advent Worship
                    11:00 a Sunday School Christmas Program
                     6:00 p  SOV Annual Christmas Concert (please bring cookies to share)

Christmas Caroling; Thursday December 13th, meet at SOV at 10:00 am  to carpool to other Retirement/Care facilities of our SOV members.

Hats, coats, gloves, blankets etc collection for local shelters. Please bring your gently used or new items to SOV by Sunday December 16th.

Scrip Orders, our scrip committee has decided they will do one more scrip order on Sunday December 16th. The support has been tremendous, please take a moment to look over an order form available on the website or at the church and give your order form and payment to Brenda, Caryl or Ann on Sunday or leave in the church office.

Sunday December 16th
Sunday School Christmas Program at 11:00 a service.
SOV Annual Christmas Concert at 6:00 pm. 

Join us for an evening of Christmas music and hear some of the best music around as the choir/Jameson brings new renditions of your favorite old songs and other fun musical numbers. There will also be a sing along to your favorite Christmas Carols. (please bring a plate of cookies to share)