Saturday, December 3, 2016

Preparing for Worship at Gastonia First Wesleyan Church for Dec. 4 2016 - the 2nd Sunday of Advent

Tomorrow we gather for worship at 11:00am at Gastonia First Wesleyan Church!  We gather to celebrate the greatest gift ever given.  The gift of salvation offered by God through the sacrifice of His Son - our Saviour - Christ the Lord! Tomorrow we do not gather to sing about God - we gather to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. We plan to sing directly to our great God and offer a sacrifice or praise to Him!  

We begin with a warm welcome and greeting through a video.

Then we light the candles on the Advent wreath:

Here are the songs we have selected to sing tomorrow.  We make our plans - but God has the last word....

Followed by announcements and the time to bring our offerings to the Lord. The Choir will bring a song from the upcoming Cantata.  Then we continue in our singing to the Lord:

Here is the short bumper clip I created using Windows Media Player. 

The sermon tomorrow is entitled:   Pt. 2   I'm Freezing.  

The Christmas season is meant to be a time for celebration, but research shows that the month of December is the most stressful month of the year as holiday schedules, purchasing gifts, financial pressures and emotion strains of family and the past;                 the need to balance these pressures before the end of the year are the causes of stress. 

 My concern is that your heart may become cold during this time when joy should abound.

What happens when the pressures of life develop a cold heart?

Jesus Himself said that, “the love of most will grow cold…”                                                                                                                   Matthew 24:12b 

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