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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Galeton Presbyterian Church News

Galeton Presbyterian Church News, 12-16-12
By Martha Pennell, (H) 435-1381 (W) 848-7563

Readers for the third Sunday in Advent, December 16, 2012, were Freya Miller and Ed
Brown. Sue Ann Smith was lay leader; ushers were Ed Brown and George Raymer. Prayer family for the week is Michele Nicely and son Donaven. 

Youth group met on December 13, 2012, and addressed Christmas cards to long term residents of Charles Cole Hospital. 

The Session will meet on December 18, 2012, at 7 pm. 

There will be a congregational meeting after worship on December 23, 2012, for the ending of Pastor Karl’s service to our church. A farewell reception will follow. Pastor Karl’s last service will be Christmas Eve at First Presbyterian. 

The sermon was based on the Gospel of Luke 3: 7-18. John the Baptist spoke the truth and preached good news in many ways, according to Pastor Karl. Prayer is crucial, Pastor Karl stated, but not every prayer is spoken in hushed voice or silence and not every prayer is polite. Some remind us there is a difference between tragic and atrocious, avoidable and not avoidable. Pastor Karl stated that some prayers are spoken out loud. People who care and are intelligent are needed to speak prayer out loud as we grieve for Coudersport and Newtown. Some prayers are quiet; cries of the wounded and bereaved for things to change and get better. “Will some of our prayers find their way out of this place? Pastor Karl asked. 

As resurrection believers can we say it is time to talk about the morals of gun ownership?” Pastor Karl summarized three actions we can take: 1) It is time to begin a conversation of how our culture reveres firearms. 2) We can connect our faith to the world in which we live. 3) We could follow John the Baptist’s instructions as we prepare for Christ to come into this world. 

Our salvation comes from God, he concluded. The Kingdom of God is near. Act accordingly. Come Lord Jesus!

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