Sermon: “Under the Fig Tree: A Vision of Peace”
Scripture: John 1:43-51
The fact that Nathana-el was sitting under a fig tree was significant for his encounter with the Christ (cf. Micah 4:1-4; a vision of peace). And it is very significant that Jesus told him that he “saw” him – a very key Greek word in the New Testament. What did Jesus see about this man that made him astonished to see Jesus? What does Jesus see in us What does this vignette tell us about peace of Christ for our world?
Join us for worship on Sunday, October 12th at 10:30 a.m., and for coffee and fellowship after the service.
New Hymnal Donations
Our new “Glory to God” hymnals are here! If you’d like to help “give our congregation the gift of song”, you ‘ll find envelopes out on the table in the narthex. For a $20.00 donation, you can help to pay for a hymnal, and have a bookplate placed in the hymnal in memory or in honor of a loved one. Envelopes can be placed in offering plates during the service, or handed to a member of the congregation.
Adult Education Study
Sunday, January 18th, After coffee hour in the Green Room: “An Exploration of Frederick Buechner’s Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale.” Buechner, a Presbyterian minister, has written many books that have influenced both lay and clergy over these last few decades. He has an engaging way of helping us to see the extraordinary aspects of our ordinary lives. In this volume, we can explore the gospel through the lenses of tragedy (of God’s seeming absence), comedy (of God’s unpredictability and unexpectedness), and of fairy tale (of God’s “too good to be true” truth). During the season of epiphany, when we seek to be intentionally open to the ways that God’s Light is present for us, let us use Buechner’s offering here to deepen our ability to see God at work in our too often humdrum, humbug lives.
Book Availability: A few books will be ordered. Please let Allen know if you would like one of these books or will be finding your own copy.
The Men’s Bible Study
Meeting at Panera Bread in Porter Square on Wednesday, January 21st at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Kevin, Josh, Solimar or Pierre.
Annual Congregational Meeting
Mark your calendars now for Sunday, January 25th. We will have a potluck lunch after the service, and then conduct the meeting. This is the time when we look back on 2014 to note what we have accomplished, elect officers, elders and deacons, and approve a budget for 2015. We will also look forward to begin to decide what we would like to accomplish during the coming year.