Connect # 5 – December 2012

Birthdays and anniversaries are something to be celebrated each year and we want to rejoice with those in our church family who have birthdays.  If we missed you it was not intentional, but something we are working on so bear with us. 

Happy Birthday goes out to: 

Emma Macdonald- December 7                                    Gabe Trainor – December 9      

Helen Ann Ramsay- December 11                    Jason Nieuwhof-December 17

Prayer Corner

One thing we want to do as a body as well is to pray for one another.  If you have prayer concerns please share with the church office so we can join together in praying for you.  Please pray for the following of our family, especially who are going through health issues:  Eric and Mary Singleton, as Eric continues to heal from his surgery, Sandra and George Rashed, as Sandra continues to recuperate from her fall earlier in the summer.  Please keep Craig and Sara Townsend in your prayers.  Please keep those who have lost loved ones in your prayers, the Arenburg family, the Larkin family, the family of John Porter as Christmas is often a difficult season when your loved ones have passed on.  Please pray for Audrey Zimmerman as she goes for cancer treatment this month.    Pray for Sunday Night Central as it grows, that hearts will be open and that lives will be changed by this ministry.  Pray for the combined advent services that are being held at the Prince Street churches at noon on Wednesdays this month. 

Central’s News & Events

**Congratulations to Callum Roche who was baptized on November 11 at the Sunday Night Central service.  God bless you as you grow in your relationship with Him!!  Callum is the son of Joanna Gallant and the grandson of Wanda Birt and Ron Ryder.

**Congratulations to Kevin Morse, on receiving his doctorate in Music Composition and Orchrastration in Western University in London, ON. Kevin is presently professor of Music Composition at Mt. Alison University in Sackville, NB. Kevin is the oldest son of Norma & David Morse.

**Congratulations to Michael Morse, who has recently received his Masters of Engineering from the Boise University in Idaho. As well, he was awarded the Outstanding Student Award. Michael is presently employed by Micron in Boise, Idaho, where he lives with his wife Heather. Michael is the youngest son of Norma & David Morse. Both Kevin & Michael are grandsons of Shirley MacKinnon.

**Congratulations to Callum and Lorraine Beck on the birth of their first grandchild, Carson Malcolm Beck born November 15, 2012 to his parents, Nathan and Elizabeth Beck!!!  Just bear with Callum, he’s a bit excited about being a grandfather!!!  You might hear about the baby a bit!!

**With the help of Tremploy and our congregation we were able to send 109 boxes to Samaritans Purse to make Christmas a little brighter for children in developing countries!!  Thanks for your support!!

**Wednesday, December 5 at 12noon there will be a Christmas Luncheon for our Seniors and it will be catered by the Sweeter Things, MariLynn Darrach.  Please sign up on the sign up sheets in the lobby. 

**The Sunday School Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday December 16, at 10:45am.  Come and support Central’s Kids as they share what Christmas really means!!

**Sunday, December 23 will be an Old Fashioned Carol Sing.  Come prepared to sing your favorite Christmas carols in a relaxed and fun atmosphere!!

**Sunday, December 23 we will also have a special Christmas Pantry Sunday!!  Help fill our pantry for the Christmas season and show Charlottetown what giving is all about.

**Our Christmas Eve Service will be held Monday, December 24 at 7pm so come and invite a friend and share with us as we celebrate our Savior’s Birth!!

 

We recently spoke of this passage on a Sunday morning and I challenge everyone to memorize it over the next few weeks.  We will all say it on January 6 in our worship service together!!!  Here is your Scripture Memory Challenge for December: 

Colossians 3:12-17

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

As we turn our hearts to Jesus this Christmas season may this devotional point our trust to the only One who is worthy ….                                                      

                                                                                           Who Will Fix the World?

James MacDonald

For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. —Isaiah 9:6-7 

 Isaiah’s Christmas greeting reaches across almost three thousand years. “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder. . .” Now, in order to understand that phrase, you have to understand how the Old Testament prophets saw the future.

 Isaiah was allowed by God to see what I would call the prophetic mountain peaks of the Messiah. Now, a series of mountains seen from a distance appears as if the peaks are right behind one another. But often, there are wide valleys between the peaks. These “peaks” are the First and Second Advents of Christ.  Advent means coming or appearing. 

 The First Advent of Christ is the child born and the Son given. To Isaiah, the next phrase comes immediately, but we now know these were peaks separated by, so far, 2,000 years. The “government” phrase is about the Second Advent of Christ. The disciples got confused because they thought that Jesus was going to immediately set up an earthly kingdom! But the angel said, “For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). In the First Advent of Christ, He comes as Savior. In the Second Advent, He comes as King. This is talking about what is yet future and it ought to encourage our hearts as we think about the current state of the world, which seems to be spinning toward the point of becoming beyond repair.

 So, who is going to fix the world? Jesus Christ is going to fix it: “And the government shall be upon his shoulder.” The word government is the word misrah, related to the word czar, prince, where the prince resides. When Isaiah wrote chapters 7–9, King Ahaz was depending on human allies to rescue him from enemies. And Isaiah’s timeless message was “Trust God, not human government.” We need that word as badly as Ahaz did. Our confidence and security rests in the sovereignty of God and Jesus’ government, which can never be equaled by any human government. Any fix now is temporary; only Jesus will bring about a permanent and eternal solution.

What current or recurring events in my life most serve to remind me to trust in God rather than anything man can do?  How can I trust God more in the coming year?


Have a very Merry Christmas with your family and don’t forget to share with those who are less fortunate than yourself.  See you in 2013 as we look forward to all God has in store for Central in the New Year!!!