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CPC THIS WEEK

THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

December 15, 2017

 

 

The Cloths of Christ(mas)

 

If there is one line that almost everyone knows from the Christmas Story it’s this one,

“…because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Luke 2:7(KJV)

 

Where exactly in Bethlehem Mary gave birth to Jesus is up for grabs after that.  Even the mention of a manger doesn’t settle things conclusively for us.  One suggested location was a nearby cave to the Inn where guests may have boarded their beasts of burden.  If that setting is on the shortlist of possible birthing suites, then there may be some interesting connections between Christ’s birth and death.

 

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

Luke 2:7(ESV)

 

So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices,

as is the burial custom of the Jews. 

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden,

and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 

So because of the Jewish day of Preparation,

 since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

John 19:40-42(ESV)

 

Notice a number of striking similarities.

 

- Both events take place, perhaps, in some kind of a cave, or cave-like structure.

 

- Both events record that Jesus was bound in cloths.

 

- Both events take place away from Jesus’ “hometown” of Nazareth; occurring instead in locations as prophesied in scripture.

 

- Both events take place in structures not own by the family of Jesus.

 

- Both events reveal the true humanity of Jesus.

 

So, what do all these similarities reveal?  That from His birth to His death, from stable to sepulcher, the entire life of Jesus was one marked by humility – the selfless sacrifice of a Servant Savior.  Finding this to be a life-leaning truth in his own life, the Apostle Paul penned an admonition to the Philippian believers that applies to our lives as well – especially as we journey through this advent season together.

 

 

 

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who,

though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 

but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 

And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, 

even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name

that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 

in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians 2:5-11

 

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David 

a Savior, who is Christ the Lord…Glory to God in the highest”

Luke 2:11,14

 

Far as the curse is found!!!

 

PB

 

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

 

 

SUNDAY'S SERMON

Title:  “Manger Messengers – Not Exactly Clarence”

Text:   Luke 2:8-15

Pastor Bob Clark

 

   

CHOIR REHEARSALS – Choir will rehearse tomorrow, Saturday, December 16th at 9am at the church.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES – This Sunday following Morning Worship. Children & Youth Sunday Schools will meet as usual.  Adult Sunday School will set up Sanctuary for Sunday Evening Service

RED POINSETTIA PLANTS – Thank you to those who purchased a poinsettia plant in memory or in honor of someone special. See Sunday’s insert for the list of names. You may take your Poinsettias home following Worship on Christmas Eve, December 24th 

CPC FAMILY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION If you are joining us for the CPC Family Christmas Celebration Sunday evening, please plan to arrive at 5:45pm to be seated for dinner.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE Next Sunday, December 24th at 6pm

YEAR END GIVING – If you would like to receive tax-credit for a year-end gift please be sure to have your donation postmarked by December 31, 2017. You may also drop off your contribution to the church office by that date

ROCK SOLID QUARTERLY OFFERING –  Sunday, December 31st, we will be collecting the Rock Solid Quarterly Offering

 

SONG OF THE MONTH

 

Many of you probably are familiar with Aaron Shust, who is a prominent Christian music artist.  Prior to his gaining a high profile in Christian music, he was a church worship leader and he actually led the music at some of the PCA camps and youth retreats up in the Chicago area, which many of our youth in the past attended.  He has done some nice original Christmas music, but also some fresh arrangements to familiar carols.

 

This month we will be learning his arrangement to "Good Christian Men, Rejoice".  The lyrics of the verses are familiar; the basic melody is familiar; however, Aaron has added a new, uplifting refrain, and the overall tone of the arrangement will hopefully cause us as a body to 

 

REJOICE!!

 

Below is the link to listen and the lyrics!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25LLYKGDzvU

 


 

“Rejoice” (Song of the Month)


 

Good Christian men rejoice

With heart and soul and voice

Give ye heed to what we say

Jesus Christ is born today

Ox and lamb before Him bow

He is in the manger now

Christ is born today

Christ is born today

 

So rejoice O rejoice

Hallelujah Christ has come

So rejoice lift your voice

Sing Emmanuel with us

O rejoice

 

Good Christian men rejoice

With heart and soul and voice

Now ye hear of endless bliss

Jesus Christ was born for this

He has opened heaven's door

And man is blessed forevermore

Christ was born for this

Christ was born for this

 

 

So rejoice O rejoice

Hallelujah Christ has come

So rejoice lift your voice

Sing Emmanuel with us

O rejoice 

 

Good Christian men rejoice

With heart and soul and voice

Now ye need not fear the grave

Jesus Christ was born to save

Calls you one and calls you all

To gain His everlasting hall

Christ was born to save

Christ was born to save

 

So rejoice O rejoice

Hallelujah Christ has come

So rejoice lift your voice

Sing Emmanuel with us

So rejoice O rejoice

Hallelujah Christ has come

So rejoice lift your voice

Sing Emmanuel with us

O rejoice O rejoice O rejoice


 

 

 

 

 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

 

MAKING DISCIPLES: TRAINING UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF SPIRITUAL GIVERS

 

As we reflect on biblical stewardship, it is important to recognize that those of us with the spiritual gift of giving are also called to play our role in making disciples—disciples who have the gift of giving.

 

Certainly God can accomplish His Great Commission without us. But He chooses to use the body of Christ. Each of us has our part to play in the growth and advancement of the kingdom of God. We have been given these spiritual gifts to encourage, edify, and build up the community of faith. When we recognize that giving is our gift, we contribute with generosity. We give because we believe in the promises of Christ and we see ourselves as one piece of a much larger story of what God is doing across the globe.

 

But here’s the thing: like the other gifts, the gift of giving can be nurtured and developed. Just as missionaries or pastors make disciples who have the gift of teaching, or serving, or doing acts of mercy, supporters and senders are able to make disciples who have the gift of giving. They encourage, invest in, and train up the next generation of spiritual givers. They may be our children. They may be others in our church who we see have the potential to be givers. But you see, in our discipleship of these younger givers, we are fulfilling the Great Commission mandate—making disciples and teaching them to observe all that Jesus commands.

 

We should not forget that the spiritual gift we have received came at a very high cost. Jesus gave up all things in order that we might become members of this body, this community of faith. He came into the world, but did not conform to its standards. He was our living sacrifice, who gave and gave and gave, even to the point of giving up His very life on the cross. Yet God raised Him from the dead, to be the firstfruits of a new creation. He is our head, our representative, our Lord. Why do we give? Why do we nurture and train disciples to give? Because He so generously and lavishly gave to us. He now gives us His Holy Spirit, who fills us and equips us to carry forth His mission in bringing together all of God’s people from the ends of the earth. It’s not about us. We have nothing to boast about, but a lot to be grateful for. He honors us by giving us the privilege to participate in His kingdom work. And even as we participate, we ought to teach and pass on to others the gift of giving.

 

LLOYD KIM on Dec 14, 2017

 

https://www.mtw.org/stories/details/making-disciples-training-up-the-next-generation-of-spiritual-givers



WOMEN’S MINISTRY

 

Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the church fireplace area.

Ladies Exodus Bible Studies – There are two opportunities to study this book of the Bible with the ladies of the church. The first study of Exodus meets at Lori Fowler’s home (3800 Delwood Lane) from 6:30-8pm on Mondays. Please RSVP to Lori Fowler if you would like to join this study. Mindy Deckard is also facilitating the study on Wednesday afternoons. This study meets at 12noon at Kari Harrington’s home (12 Parkway Lane) Bring a lunch. Please RSVP to Kari Harrington if you would like to attend.

Inspire – The Next INSPIRE meeting will be held on January 11th from 6:45pm -8:45pm in the CPC foyer (350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN) Dessert & 2 speakers: 1 sharing a Practical focus & 1 sharing part of "Her Story" a testimony of God's faithfulness in her life. Fellowship, Connect, Discuss & Pray. All ladies of the church in high school or older are invited to attend the INSPIRE events.

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!


We would like to recognize your birthdays and anniversaries.

 Please add your family’s special dates to our list by sending them to the church office

office@knowingchrist.net or call 765.966.4017


 


BIRTHDAYS!

 

December

1                         Anna Golden

3                        Jean Azbell

6                        Opal Stackhouse

11                        Arden Davis

13                        Ben Anderson

13                        Quentin Williamson

19                        Aaron Cook

21                        Samantha Dungan

23                        Garrett Anderson

23                        Ian Staifer

24                        Sara Rhodes

25                        Bethany Anderson

29                        Roger Arnold

 

 

 

 

ANNIVERSARIES!

 

December

11            Brian & Twana Cheek           

22            Lance & Lori Fowler         

22            Mark & Kari Harrington           

28            Bill & Opal Stackhouse

 Christ Presbyterian Church  -  (765).966.4017  -  350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN 47374  -  Office@KnowingChrist.net