“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Deut. 6:4-5 NLT
HANGING OF THE GREENS: No, we’re not hanging the Green family or any other family. But we are having the Christmas tradition. The Hanging of the Greens is a Western Christian ceremony in which many congregations and people adorn their churches with greenery.
The wreath, the Christmas Tree, the Holly, the lights, lighting the candles and other greenery are symbols for Christmas. This signals the start of the Advent season.
Bring an Ornament representing you or your family to help decorate the tree. You may already have one from last year. We will have some extra ones available on the front pew.
In the Hanging of the Greens, we share with Christians through the ages the memory and anticipation of Christ's coming. We decorate our church with symbols of life, joy, and hope.
Hope you plan to be here this coming Sunday.
As you know, I am retiring from being a full time Pastor after 44 years. To be honest, I’m kind of dreading it. It’s hard to imagine not being a Pastor 24/7. I think for me, it will be hard not seeing the people I work with and the people I minister to.
Someone sent me this Newspaper clipping written many years ago. It was Billy Graham’s response to someone facing retirement. He said: “Financial Planning isn’t enough.” He said we also need “Life Planning”, planning on how we’ll spend the years God gives us beyond retirement. He gave three words as follows:
ACCEPT: Accept the fact you’re retired. Don’t waste all your time wishing the past will return—it won’t. Accept instead your life has entered a new stage with new opportunities.
BELIEVE: Believe God Loves you and He is with you in the future as He was in the past. God isn’t finished with you yet.
COMMIT: Commit your life to Jesus Christ, and then ask Him to guide and use you in the future. I probably won’t be bored like I think. Several people have given me this advise: “stay busy”.
I will be still be still be doing Supply Preaching, Weddings, Funerals and maybe even interim pastoral work.
The following verse speaks to me. Ecclesiastes 11:8a “However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all.” (NIV)
With God’s help and your prayers I’m hoping to do this.