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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Galeton Presbyterian Church News, 12-23-12

Galeton Presbyterian Church News, 12-23-12
By Martha Pennell, mpennell@northernpottersd.org (H) 435-1381 (W) 848-7563

Advent readers for the fourth Sunday in Advent, December 23, 2012, were Ginny Mainus and Sue Ann Smith. Henry Lush was lay leader and Ed Brown and George Raymer were ushers. Prayer family for the week is Phil and Coleen Osgood. 

A congregational meeting followed worship for the termination of Pastor Karl’s relationship to our church. A farewell reception for Pastor Karl and Sharon was held afterward. Pastor Karl will begin his new call in the Southern Clinton County Lutheran Parish in January, 2013. 

 Pastor Karl’s sermon was based on the Gospel of Luke 1: 39-55. According to Pastor Karl, the recent violence occurred because a power vacuum was created when God is no longer welcome and was shown the door of our public schools. We with our power, intelligence, might and money can tell God where he is allowed to be and where he will not. 

God goes where God pleases. We teach he is omnipresent; the places do not depend on our say so. Pastor Karl explained that no human will direct God’s will. He is present in our grief and is in our midst in the violence because he wants to be. He is not gone from a community torn by grief and shock. He is suffering and grieving by our sides and he weeps with us. He is present to humanity when it is at its lowest and dirtiest. 

Pastor Karl stated that God enters the world in flesh and blood in a peasant family. He grew up in Nazareth and goes to every low person in the fringe, for those who cry out for healing and no mortal can keep him away. 

He restores hope where it is lost or dead. He came into the world in the fringe of the powerful district, to an unheard of couple in a barn. He spent his life with those at the world’s edge, not those who ordered others around. 

He was tempted power but declined. 

He died an outcast and an outlaw, not the Messiah people expected him to be. He was God’s plan all along to redeem us. 

Come Lord Jesus!

1 comment :

Kathy said...

Martha, thank you for your excellent recap of the sermon from Sunday. I hope it will encourage many people. Kathy