So we're not perfect and this comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone - least of all, God. Our imperfection is what distinguishes us from God ("for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God") and allows us to exist with autonomy and free agency. If we were not fallible, we would not exist. Thanks be to God, that in God's infinite mercy, God chose to create us despite knowing we would create chaos, act unrighteously, live ungratefully and make unhealthy and destructive decisions.
Thanks be to God, too, that Jesus saves us from ourselves; saves us from our fallibility and sinfulness. In this week's segment of "V's and P's" I talk a little more about what this means to us and how it relates to Christmas. I hope you'll watch. Included, too, in this week's episode of 4th TV is a Minute for Mission from Nancy Hanna and Christmas trivia I hope you find entertaining. I also give a short preview of this week's sermon in the segment, "Two Toms Talk." I hope you'll watch and I hope as we continue in this format that you'll consider offering a video of what you've been up to during the pandemic. What a great way to keep us connected as a community despite the challenges of distancing during the pandemic.
Have a blessed week and Go 4th in Christ!
Please remember the good folks of Fourth in your prayers. Here's a list of those we've been remembering:
Dennis and Joan Little - family situations and concerns
Bill & Ruthie Brent ask for prayers for Debbie, Jeff and Loretta
Jan Merrick asks for prayers for friends Karen and Jim. Jim is battling health issues
Michaelle and Larry Steier's son John
Margaret Lewis - Health issues. Prayers, too, for Alex.
Tom & Robin Woodruff - both recovering from surgery.
Leonard Yates who has been diagnosed with bone cancer and is receiving treatments.
Esther Sparks post-surgery. Please keep praying for her recovery.
Tara Parker's nephew's wife, Valerie Chew, who will undergo 6 weeks of radiation.
The family of Jesse Wilson, Air Force veteran, colleague and friend of Dennis Little, upon the death of Jesse this past week. Prayers for his family and friends as they grieve.
“Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas. The song was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh”. It was supposed to be played in the composer’s Sunday school class during Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races. “Jingle Bells” was also the first song to be broadcast from space.