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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Galeton Presbyterian Church News

Galeton Presbyterian Church News
December 9, 2012
By Martha Pennell, (H) 435-1281 (W) 848-7563

December 9, 2012, is the second Sunday of Advent. Henry Lush was lay leader and Marcy and Kenny Wallace were the Advent readers. George Raymer and Ed Brown were ushers. Prayer family for the week is Marion and John Miller. 

Youth group will meet in the Christian Education building on Thursday, December 13, at 7pm. 

Choir practice will be held there on Saturday, December 15, at 10:15am. 

 Pastor Karl’s sermon was based on the Gospel of Luke 3: 1-6. According to the scripture, John the Baptist partly fulfills the prophesy of Isaiah with the filling of ravines, straightening corners, and making smooth what was rough. 

Pastor Karl asked, “How do you put the valley and the peak together? How do you combine the smooth and the rough? How do you make the divine and the unholy live together?” 

The answer is you do not. 

John the Baptist was here to preach a message that will rough everything up and make noise. He was here to prepare us for the Holy one who would follow him shortly, according to Pastor Karl. John baptized in the river Jordan one on one; a baptism was the start of new life and the end of old. 

Sometimes there was yelling involved from John. Every valley was uplifted and every mountain and hill made low. Pastor Karl explained that John is here to start a fire to prepare us to get ready for Christ to be in our midst. 

We take a few days in December to practice. Christ comes into our lives again; we see within ourselves the rough being made smooth, the straightening of sharp corners, and the ravines filled in. We are never as ready as we should be. According to Pastor Karl, Christ is in the world for us, a gift of grace and blood. Christ in the world and in our minds creates a path from God to the world, to our neighbors, to the street. 

May our rough places start to experience the promise that we shall see our Savior face to face. Come Lord Jesus!

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