PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
December 13, 2017
Last Sunday I read several Scripture lessons during our combined Christmas service with the Brethren Church. One of the lessons I read, which is not read as often in a service like this, was Matthew 1:1-17. This lesson focuses on the genealogy of Jesus – the long-awaited Messiah. It moves through a series of fourteen generations from Abraham to David; from David to the deportation; and from the deportation to the birth of the Messiah!
Genealogies are of interest today, especially when groups like Ancestry.com and shows like Finding Your Roots have emerged, giving detailed information about a person’s lineage. A person can now even send in a DNA sample and get an analysis of that person’s exact lineage and family heritage.
In this list of names in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, which are sometimes hard to pronounce (!), are kings and leaders throughout the history of Israel, as well as some folks you would not expect to find in a genealogy of the King of kings . . . names such as Rahab (a prostitute), Tamar (guilty of incest), Bathsheba (guilty of adultery with David), and Ruth – all women (not expected in a Jewish lineage)! Also, Tamar, Rahab and Ruth were all Gentiles, pointing to the good news that Jesus would not only be the Savior of the lost sheep of Israel but also Gentiles would benefit from His coming!
Matthew does not focus on any of these names or their stories, since his purpose is to point ultimately to the Messiah! However, the names included in this genealogy show the grace of God and how God is able to even use those who have gone stray to accomplish His purpose!
None of the kings, leaders, or others listed in this genealogy would ultimately be the promised Messiah . . . however, all of those listed point us to Israel’s story of redemption and to the King of Kings, who invites us to “Come, follow me!” May we all acknowledge during this holy season especially that the Messiah, the Son of Abraham and the Son of David, the One who is the goal of Israel’s story has arrived, so let us bow down and worship Him!
Jon & Jennie Justine
The Justines are glad to be settled back in Thailand. Wren is adjusting to life there well and her language understanding is wonderful. Ministry at the school and YWAM keeps them busy. They have been able to help set up a successful outreach with a few teams. School will be on break soon so this final week is busy with celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Please keep them in your prayers for these requests: The camera they use to record missions work was stolen and they could use funds to replace that purchase. Judah (oldest son, in college) visits at Christmas. Pray for safety and blessed family time. Judah then goes to Beijing China for a semester of serving with TBN (Trinity broadcasting network) but he still needs around $1500. Jon is going to college online to get a BA, for his work permit, to stay in country. He has 4 semesters left. Pray for strength. Lastly, consider financial support as they added a new member to their family, the first girl for them!
THIS SUNDAY the children and youth will bless us with Christmas carols during worship. Pastor Glen continues his sermon series in 1 Timothy with the message, “Go the Distance” based on 1 Timothy 6:11-16.
HELP! Nursery Care Needed - We need nursery volunteers during the worship service, especially over the next few weeks in December. Willing members are encouraged to contact Kelly King as soon as possible at (540) 221-1141 or email@example.com.
Adult Sunday School – This week the adult class will continue to study Ephesians. We meet in the Chapel on the 2nd floor. Each class has a stand-alone focus and message so join us for one week or the whole series!
Technical help needed - We are in need of someone to install a ceiling fan in one of the Sunday School rooms. Please let Pastor Glen or Kelly King know if you are able to help with this project.
Jim Heafner Memorial Bible Study – The study meets Tuesdays at Panera Bread in Waynesboro. Men are encouraged to gather there around 6:45am to purchase breakfast and enjoy fellowship until the study begins at 7:00am.
Bible study/small group opportunity-Are you a person who would like to join a group of women and study God’s Word, pray and fellowship? We are always open to new folks, women or men. We are using The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Genesis 12 - 25: Be Obedient: Learning The Secret of Living By Faith. It is an exciting examination of the foundational truths of faith, sin and relationships through in-depth and practical study. We meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 11-12:30 at the home of Beth Laughlin, 525 Bader Ave., Waynesboro. For any further information or questions please call Beth at 943-0971.
HOME GROUPS – if you are not currently in a small home group and are interested in being in one, please contact Pastor Glen or Lynn Scott, our Small Group Coordinator. Please see other information about groups already meeting.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Children's Ministry –As we prepare for the coming new year, we ask that members prayerfully consider volunteering with our children's ministry in 2018. Let's be disciples and make disciples of the next generation in our church! Pair up with a spouse or friend and teach a class once a month or every other month. Your time with these children, eager to learn, will bless you as much as it does them! Please contact Kelly King at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions or are available to help.
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
Joan Hughes- Please keep Joan in prayer for quick healing from shingles.
Wink Brown- Please pray for healing from her recent hospitalization due to pancreatitis. She is currently at home resting comfortably.
Bill Hamilton –Thank you to the congregation of Hope Community Church for prayers and support during this time of Bill's cochlear implant; especially to Ron and Pat Layne for their encouragement and support. We look forward to the activation and the joy that will bring. Blessings, Bill & Gerry Hamilton
Helen Wilson – Helen has made steady improvements and has appreciated all the prayers and support she has received.
Paige Holder- Paige’s shoulder surgery went well and he is now recovering at home. Please keep Paige & Sherry in your prayers.
Paul Childers– Please keep Paul in your prayers, as he finally has an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon on December 27th!
Rose Parler – Rose would like prayer for her autoimmune disease to be in remission or in control so she can have a needed surgery on her hip.
Massie and Shirley Wright – Pray for strength and balance while walking for Massie.
Libby Wingfield (Linda Ritchie's mom) - Please pray for Libby at UVA receiving radiation treatments. She will be moved to Albemarle Health and Rehab center where she will be taking therapy.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Please continue to pray for Don who has been hospitalized again with a fever. Pray that the doctors would find the cause of the fever and be able to do the transplant soon.
Walter Sass (Marge’s son)– Pray for Walter with various personal challenges.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Jay is much more engaged and able to communicate more successfully with the recent adjustment made to his hearing aids. They have decided to move forward with the plans for Jay to have a cochlear implant but to postpone the surgery until March 16. This will give time to determine Jay's quality of life with the hearing aids.
PEOPLE WHO ARE UNCHURCHED in our community; there are people all around us who need the Lord! Pray that we will truly be salt and light in Waynesboro and beyond!
US Military - Please pray for protection for our soldiers and our country, as well as discernment for our country's leaders.
Communities devastated by the recent hurricanes– Continue to pray for those who have been displaced to receive the life-giving message of the hope we have in Jesus Christ along with material and physical support.
HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – Please pray for God’s guidance as we discern the possible next location for our church family. Keep Larry Roberts in your ongoing prayers as he completes his training in becoming an Elder in our church. His term will begin January 2018.
Ruth Graham – Please continue to pray for persecuted Christians around the world. Pray also for Ruth in working to raise awareness in the Valley of our persecuted sisters and brothers.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Brunson – EPC teaching elder Andrew Brunson has been imprisoned in Turkey for over a year. Please continue to pray for his release!
Other Prayer Requests:
Jay Dee Clark- Pray for strength and wellness from a stubborn case of pneumonia.
Peter Albert and Julia Bradley (friends of Beth Laughlin)-Please pray for Peter undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. Surgery was completed to remove the tumor from his pancreas and waiting for results. Julia has completed her radiation treatment for breast cancer. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. Thankfully, both are mature Christians.
Corrie Green (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for Corrie who was diagnosed with breast cancer recently. Her surgery went well. She will begin treatments again in January.
Dan Conyers (friend of Blake & Marty Porter) – Please continue to keep Dan in your prayers. He has been moved to a nursing rehabilitation facility.
Tammy Lipscomb (friend of Candi Brown) – Praise for the report of ongoing healing of her torn retina. Please pray for continued improvement of the redness in both of her eyes.
Joan Bundy-She sends her thanks for our prayers as she has undergone radiation treatments for breast cancer. Dan Woodworth reported that she is improving in her recovery.
If you would like to add someone to the prayer list or would like to update a prayer concern, please contact Beth Laughlin at 943-0971 or Wink Brown at 540-241-5531.