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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pastor Roger Wagner: From Bethlehem to Bedlam

Galeton Presbyterian Church News, 12-30-12
by Martha Pennell, 
 (H) 435-1381 (W) 848-7563

Pastor Roger Wagner was our guest speaker on 12-30-12.

During his sermon, “From Bethlehem to Bedlam,” Pastor Wagner stated that toward the end of the calendar year there are two days that cannot arrive quickly enough for him, and two days that he would prefer to skip altogether.

The first day he looks forward to is December 21st, the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Culminating the loss of one to two minutes of daylight each day for the past six months, that loss will reverse and continue for the next six months.

The second day is December 24th, Christmas Eve, where there is an ambiance of serenity and tranquility for a few brief hours. Peace and quietness prevail. It includes children, with their sense of anticipation. According to Pastor Wagner, His coming means more light. He came to dispel the darkness. With darkness comes serenity and silence. Even the larger world is willing to pause for a span of silence on Christmas Eve.

The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is a day you will not find Pastor Wagner in any store. The second day he would choose to avoid is New Year’s Eve. Noise and Bedlam are the antithesis of silence, and are seen as an escape by some to avoid seeing things clearly.

The distance from Bethlehem to Bedlam is not that great, according to Pastor Wagner. Exercise caution, if the road from Bethlehem to Bedlam is gone there is no clue how to get back. May God help us all. On the cusp of Bedlam, let us sense God’s presence!

Henry Lush was lay leader; Buddy Sutton and George Raymer were ushers. Jean Lush and Martha Pennell were Communion servers. Prayer family for the week is Vernon and Connie Osgood, Jr.

Pastor Thomas Shatto will lead the congregations of First Presbyterian and Saint Paul’s Lutheran during 2013; he begins to preach on January 6, 2012. A fellowship supper with our new pastor will be held at 4 pm that day in St. Paul’s fellowship hall. All are welcome!

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