Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Greetings to all!

Consider this different way of thinking about the season Advent…

Advent, meaning "the coming," is a time when we wait expectantly.  Christians
began to celebrate it as a season during the fourth and fifth centuries. Like
Mary, we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, what God has already done.
And we wait in expectation for the full coming of God's reign on earth and for
the return of Christ, what God will yet do.  But this waiting is not a passive
waiting. It is an active waiting.  As any expectant mother knows, this waiting
also involves preparation, exercise, nutrition, care, prayer, work; and birth
involves pain, blood, tears, joy, release, community.  It is called labor for a
reason.  Likewise, we are in a world pregnant with hope, and we live with the
expectation of the coming of God's kingdom on earth.  As we wait, we also
work, cry, pray, ache; we are the midwives of another world. 
(from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)

Worship this Sunday, December 16, the Third Sunday of Advent…
*Preaching - Teresa Larson, an M.Div. student at Louisville Seminary
*Liturgist - Mike Ward

The Messiah, an exploration of the honorific titles often applied to Jesus as
found in Isaiah 9:6, continues this Sunday with a discussion of the title,
"Everlasting Father."  We will discuss what Isaiah might have had in mind
when he wrote/spoke these words, why the early Christians thought they
applied to Jesus, and what they might mean for us today.

THE WALNUT HILL CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held this Sun, Dec 16,
3pm - 5pm, at the Hilliard residence.  Bring an hors d'oeuvres or dessert item 
to share.  This gathering is intended for adults. Use reply email to request
more information.

Poinsettias- We will be decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas with traditional 
poinsettias and wreaths.  You can "sponsor" a poinsettia for $20/plant.  Make 
your check payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia).  Let us know if 
your sponsorship is in memory/honor of someone special to you.

Looking Ahead:
Sun, Dec 16, 3pm - 5pm - Christmas Party at the Hilliard residence
Sun, Dec 23, 11am - Christmas Communion
Mon, Dec 24, 5pm - Lessons and Carols for all ages
                       9pm  - Evening Prayer Fireside

THANKS…
to the children/youth and adults who presented the Christmas story in
music, reading, and costume this past Sunday.  It was a joy-filled occasion for
all.
…to all those who participated in the Giving Tree outreach this season.
Two car loads of gifts were delivered to the Nathaniel Mission for distribution
to children involved in their after school mentoring program.
…to the dozen youth who attended the annual Christmas Party at the
Ward residence this past Sunday evening.  It was a great evening of food,
games, and "fun" gifts, as well as 24 winter warmth items (gloves, hats, etc)
collected for our neighbors at the Catholic Action Center.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, December 7, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, December 9, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Children's Christmas Pageant

The Messiah, 10am, Trinity Hall (upstairs)

Mighty God

We continue our exploration of the four honorific titles
often applied to Jesus as found in Isaiah 9:6 and
featured in Handel's Messiah .

(Take note that we are meeting in the upstairs office
of Trinity Hall this Sunday.)

Pageant Practice, 10am, Trinity Hall

All children/youth participating in the Christmas
Pageant and music presentation are asked to arrive
at 10am for final practice, costumes, etc.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Children's Christmas Pageant and Presentation

Sermon - In Real Time
Text - Luke 3:1-6

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for refreshments and fellowship.

Youth Christmas Party, 5:30pm, Ward Residence

Middle & High School age youth are invited to gather
for a fun celebration of the season.  Bring a winter
warmth item (cap, scarf, gloves) for our neighbors at
the Catholic Action Center and a "fun" gift ($5 value
or less) for a random gift exchange.  Use reply email
for more information or to rsvp.

*****

The Giving Tree - Please return your Giving Tree gifts 
(wrapped with ornament attached) this Sunday, Dec 9.
They will be taken to the Nathaniel Mission on Sunday
afternoon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Greetings to all!

For these last several days our nation has paused to remember the
leadership and service of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first
President of the United States.  Of course, this remembrance is about
more than one individual, but rather about the Office of the President
and how important that office is to our well-being as a people.  Prayer
for the nation is appropriate at such a moment.  Consider this prayer
offered by President Bush on the occasion of his inauguration…

Heavenly Father, we bow our heads and thank you for your love.
Make us strong to do your word, willing to heed and hear your will,
and write on our hearts these words: use power to help people.
For we are given power not to advance our own purposes,
nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name.
There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people.
Help us remember, Lord. Amen.
(as spoken on January 20, 1989)

The lectionary texts for December 9, the Second Sunday of Advent…

The Messiah, an exploration of four honorific titles often applied to
Jesus, continues this Sun, Dec 9, 10am, in Trinity Hall as we explore the
title "Mighty God" (Isaiah 9:6). Use reply email if you would like to 
preview the study guide for this Sunday's conversation.

The Children's Pageant/Program is this Sun, Dec 9, 11am, in the
Sanctuary.  Children/youth are asked to arrive at 10am for final
preparations.  Use reply email for more information and/or contact
Lauren Fouts.

The Youth Christmas Party is scheduled for this Sun, Dec 9, 5:30pm,
at the Ward residence.  All middle and high school age youth are
invited.  Attendees are asked to bring a winter warmth item (cap,
scarf, hat) for our neighbors at the Catholic Action Center and a
"fun gift" ($5 value or less) for our random gift exchange.  Use reply
email for more information or to rsvp. 

Poinsettias- As is our custom, we will be decorating the Sanctuary 
for Christmas with traditional poinsettias and wreaths.  You can help 
by "sponsoring" a poinsettia for $20/plant.  Make your check payable 
to Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia).  Let us know if your 
sponsorship is in memory/honor of someone special to you.

Looking Ahead:
Sun, Dec 9, 11am - Children's Pageant during morning worship.
     5:30pm - Youth Christmas Party at the Ward residence
Sun, Dec 16, 3pm - 5pm - Christmas Party at the Hilliard residence
Sun, Dec 23, 11am - Christmas Communion
Mon, Dec 24, 5pm - Lessons and Carols for all ages
       9pm  - Evening Prayer Fireside

Thanks to all who helped to make last Sunday's Christmas Potluck
a great success including our coordinators (the Bohmers and the
Hilliards), our great Walnut Hill chefs, and all those who attended.
It was a festive occasion!

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER on a Sunday morning an email
will be sent by 9am updating the status of activities that day.  A
voice update will also be available through the church phone
(859-263-5304) by 9am on Sunday morning.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward