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Advent Reading December 7

Friday, December 7 HUMBLE ORIGINS, GLORIOUS DESTINIES Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up … — James 1:9 … for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. — Luke 1:48 Consider the humble life of Jesus. Laid as a newborn in a feeding trough, this carpenter received his schooling at home, not with established…

Advent Reading December 6

Thursday, December 6 GOD’S FAVOR FOR ALL The Spirit of the Lord is upon me … to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. — Luke 4:18–19 … for he has looked with favor … — Luke 1:48 A powerful Old Testament practice was the Jubilee Year, also called the Year of God’s Favor. Every 50th year, debts were forgiven, family lands…

Advent Reading December 5

Wednesday, December 5 SAVING WAYS For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost. — Luke 19:10 … my spirit rejoices in God my Savior … — Luke 1:47 There are many ways to think of salvation, but surely we can see how the teachings of Jesus “save” us from life’s snares. He rescues us from worry,…

Why Visit

Why visit Marion First Presbyterian Church? Because we are people just like you. We are Christians but we know we are not perfect. Mark 12:17 tells us “. . . Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”” Yes, we could forget to greet you…

Advent Reading December 4

Tuesday, December 4 EXULTANT SPIRITS Rejoice in the Lord always! — Philippians 4:4 … and my spirit rejoices … — Luke 1:47 Recall moments when you rejoiced wholeheartedly — times of worship, family gatherings or even communing with nature. As father of a special-needs son, I think of the Special Olympics. These events celebrate the worth of every human being — their…

Advent Reading December 3

Monday, December 3 THE POWER OF MAGNIFICATION Extol the Lord our God! — Psalm 99:5 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord …” — Luke 1:46 Magnification has two meanings, and if we consider each of them, no wonder Mary burst into a song of praise. The first meaning is to make something appear larger, like a photo taken by the…

Advent Cantata

Advent Cantata The choir of the First Presbyterian Church will present its Advent Cantata, Shout the Good News!, during the 10:30 AM morning worship service December 16, 2018. In Shout the Good News!, the composer Lloyd Larson has created a celebration of Jesus’ birth and of those messengers who helped God’s purposes to be fulfilled. New material is blended with beloved carols, creating…

What is Advent?

What is Advent? There are many sites on the internet that will go into great detail on what Advent is. Here I will include a few things that mean something to me and those Christians around me and certainly not the whole story. Most of the whole story will develop within your own heart as you experience what Advent will mean for…

Advent Reading December 2

Sunday, December 2 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.” — Luke 1:46–48 RISE Beckoning empty skies, a light comes breaking through burning ever so powerful. Painted star of early morn; its glow will find us peace. From the kingdom where…