Thursday, December 21, 2006
Waterford Lodge hosts St. John program Dec. 27
“Jesus is the reason for the season” according to the gospel of St. Luke.
As we prepare for this holiday we should remember that Jesus was the promised Savior for the people of Israel and as stated in Luke 3:1-18, the good news and hope for all people. John the Baptist invited the people to be baptized, repent and follow Jesus. Though this is a paraphrased version, the message of repentance is still being preached today and especially during this Advent season.
On the second Sunday of Advent, Rev. George preached from Luke 3:1-6 with emphasis placed on Jesus as the Savior of all, offering hope to many. On this third Sunday of Advent, the message of repentance and hope and love continued as Minister Elliott brought the word. Her message emphasized the thought and tone of our Sunday school lesson which was taught by Deacon Robert Curry. Thus, we found a message of joy and peace in both our Sunday school and worship service. This note of joy is prominent in Luke, especially in the opening chapters that announce the coming of Jesus and again in the conclusion when Jesus ascends to heaven. The story of Christmas is a beautiful one that should stir our thoughts to what Jesus was really about.
In keeping the reason for the season in our hearts, we should not neglect our church or make plans to stay home on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, for truly our thoughts become powerful and sometimes mixed-up. Therefore, let us put away some of the material gods and focus on the real God.
Waterford Lodge #450 will host Saint John program on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. The program will be held at Waterford Lodge Hall and all new officers will be installed.
On Sunday, Dec. 17, Sunrise Chapter #166 Order of Eastern Star P.H.A. held a waist-line program at Waterford Lodge. We say thank you to all who participated and especially to our M.C. and little 9-year-old Dana Jeffries for the music.
As this year comes to an end, we would like to remind our family and friends in a special way. The community continues to pray for those who lost loved ones and those who have loved ones who are sick. Special prayers go out to Sis. Elmira Marion Driver, who lost her mother, Mrs. Mattie Wilson, 100 years old, and Willie Ross’ family and he was 100 years old. There were many others who lost loved ones, but I mention these two because of their age. We pray for and love all of you.
Special prayers this season go to Ricky Jeffries and his family. If anyone would like to donate a love offering to the family please contact Min. Evelyn Elliott at 662-274-0494 or 662-252-4272. God bless and have a happy holiday.
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