Have you ever seen the bumper sticker, “No
peace.” But when you think about the hectic life you lead as you rush to fulfill the multitude of responsibilities at work & home, and when you hear the news about the tragedies, murders, and immorality increasing in our country, you wonder if even knowing Jesus can give you peace!
Yet this is exactly what Jesus promises, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”
Jesus’ peace most likely won’t quiet a screaming child. Jesus’ peace doesn’t guarantee a trouble-free commute in the morning. Jesus’ peace won’t make all your problems and all the world’s conflicts fade away.
Jesus does however promise a peace that will quiet your heart. Knowing that Jesus came into this world to heal our damaged relationship with God brings peace to a troubled soul. Knowing that Jesus came to open wide the doors to heaven brings true peace to our confused and searching mind. Knowing that Jesus is waiting to welcome you to his eternal home where there will be no more sorrow, sin or death means we can deal with all the confusion of life as we live by faith in Jesus.
During this Christmas season, may Jesus’ peace be yours. May we also be renewed in our love for Jesus & others that we share His peace. Invite others to worship with you to learn more about the One born at Bethlehem through whom “Peace on Earth” is ours!
Advent Means Jesus Is Coming!
Lord’s Supper – Jesus Comes to you!
We need Jesus’ constant coming to our hearts to be prepared for His coming on the Last Day for judgment. Jesus comes to us in a special way in the Lord’s Supper to forgive our sins and increase our faith in Him and our love for one another. To offer the blessing of Christ’s real body and blood given and poured out for us, we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper in the following services during Advent and Christmas
: Sunday Worship Dec. 2, 9, & 30 (9:30); Midweek Advent Worship – December 5 & 19, (6:15), and Christmas Day (11:00)
Advent by Candlelight” – Sunday, Dec. 2, 4:00 p.m.
Our tables are filling up, but there is always room to invite a guest!
Wednesday Advent Worship
These quiet, beautiful services prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s birth. Services are December 5, 12, & 19 at 6:15
. This year’s series is titled, “Angels of Advent.” We’ll learn the meaning and wonder of Christ’s birth from the angelic messengers at the first Christmas. Join us for a soup supper from 5:30 – 6:10.
Please sign the sheet on the counter to help with the soup supper.
Our Holy-Day Worship Schedule
Sunday Youth Christmas Service
December 16, 9:30, followed by Christmas Dinner.
Monday, December 24,
. Youth service and candlelight
Candlelight – Word & Song
: Tuesday, December 25, 11:00 a.m.
The Christmas Gospel in Word & Song rings out! Christ born to save us comes in the Lord’s Supper to forgive and strengthen us in faith and love. We worship our Saviour and King!
Sunday School Christmas Service
The teachers have sent home lessons & songs for the children to learn so they can have the joy and faith-building experience of learning & sharing the Christmas Gospel. Rehearsals are the Sunday school hour Dec. 9 & Sat., Dec. 15th, 10:00 a.m. - Noon followed by our Christmas for Kids from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
is Sunday, December 9th
. We’ll go caroling to our “shut-in” members. Everyone is welcome. Please sign the list on the counter to join us. Watch for further information about time and place to meet.
is December 16th after worship. Please sign up for menu items to bring on the list on the entrance counter or on the sign-up genius form sent out last week. Note – there is an opportunity to help set up for the dinner after the Christmas for Kids on December 15th
, and we’ll need help in cleaning up after the dinner also. Sign up for food – and to assist with set-up and clean-up.
Christmas Eve – How can you serve?
We’ll need greeters, ushers, parking lot attendants, and help cleaning between services on Christmas Eve. Please sign on the list on the counter to offer your service to our Saviour.
New Year’s Eve Worship:
Since we’ll celebrate Lord’s Supper in the morning worship for the Sunday after Christmas on December 30th our New Year’s Eve Worship, Monday, December 31, 7:00 p.m. will be a service of Word and Prayer as we enter a new year.
Sunday School & Bible Study
will not be held Dec. 23rdh
or 30th. We resume Jan. 6.
Invite a family member or friend to Christmas worship.
Let them know of the Savior whose birth we celebrate. Our website offers our messages and other information about Jesus and His Word. www.mountainviewchurch.org
. Be a friend of Mountain View on Facebook.
2019 Religious Calendars
are in your mailbox. Share extras (on the counter) with family and friends to bring God’s Word as a daily encouragement into the homes of your family and friends.
Warm Feet for the Street:
To contribute to our Christmas gifts of love project for the Mustard Seed, note the information sheet on the counter and sign up for items you’d like to contribute. Bring them to church prior to Dec. 2 since our children will stuff the socks during the Christmas for Kids program following their Christmas worship dress rehearsal on Dec. 15th. Thank you!
: The new issue of these daily devotions begins December 2. This year’s devotions will review the gospel lesson from Luke we hear in our worship service. What a blessing we can all apply the gospel and pray with our brothers and sisters in Christ in our daily devotions! Due to the postage strike they haven’t arrived yet, but we’ll make them available as soon as they are here.