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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Galeton Presbyterian Church News

Galeton Presbyterian Church News, 12-2-2012
by Martha Pennell (H) 435-1381 (W) 848-7563

The first Sunday of Advent was celebrated on Sunday, December 2, 2012, with lighting of the Advent wreath and a special musical piece, “Light of Hope.” Carol Smith accompanied pianist Inez Lush with her flute, and congregational response and singing were included. 

Lighting of the Advent wreath and the special music will continue throughout Advent. Freya Miller was lay leader. 

George Raymer and Ed Brown were ushers. Freya and Vince Miller are the prayer family for the week. 

Youth group will meet Friday, December 7, 2012, at 6pm in the C. E. building. 

Pastor Karl will be leaving our congregation at the end of the year; he has accepted a new call at the Southern Clinton County Lutheran Parish beginning January, 2013. 

The sermon was based on the Gospel of Luke 21: 25-36. Jesus stated that heaven and earth shall pass away but his words will not. The coming of the Son of man is the conclusion of the earth. Fear, dread and anxiety will rule. 

How do we prepare? 

Stay alert and know what is happening. Know your redemption is near. Pastor Karl stated that we begin the church year with an ending of our own. The truth of the Gospel is not just about where we will spend eternity; it is for the here and now. It is not for a bucket list that does not look like the life we have. It is not to live each day as if it were our last. Rather, it is about our life, here and now, with open and honest hearts and with our heads. Pastor Karl asked what today is like for us. He feels both hope and anxiety, that new beginnings are hopeful and useful. He will try, with God’s help, to be truly present and try again tomorrow. Pastor Karl explained that the Gospel of Christ frees us to be present in the fullness of our humanity. Be awake. Raise your head. Our redemption is near. Come Lord Jesus!

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