On Monday night I suggested to Zach, our 5 year old, that we watch “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (the 1964 Claymation version). Unsurprisingly, Zach loved the movie! The next morning Zach and I were talking while I was making his breakfast. He let me know that he really wanted to watch Rudolph again and that he wanted to watch it at the movie theater. He was undeterred when I told him that I wasn’t sure if that was going to happen this year.
“I’ll just pray to Jesus that the movie theater will show it,” he said.
I carefully responded, “I’m not sure that’s how God works buddy.” A brief, but deep theological conversation with a preschooler ensued. For the record, Zach is still quite convinced that Jesus loves him enough to get Rudolph on the big screen!
The Bible says that Jesus prays on our behalf- that He goes before the very throne of God for us, but how does that work? What is prayer, and what is Jesus’ role in all of it? Join us Sunday as we unwrap the second gift of Christmas, Frankincense, and explore together Jesus’ role in prayer. And don’t forget, everyone who comes Sunday will get to take home their very own Frankincense!
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Luke chapters 10-11. As you read this week, consider the following:
FULL GOSPEL PROJECT
This week’s reading is Luke 10-11.
1) Luke 10:38-42 is the story of Mary and Martha. Martha was a good host, and she was diligently working to show Jesus love and hospitality. Mary didn’t help enough and instead, she sat and listened to Jesus. Jesus defends Mary’s decision and says that Martha was “worried and distracted by many things.” Be honest, how often would you describe yourself as “worried and distracted by many things?” With all you have going on in life, what is the percentage of the time that you are awake which you spend working on your relationship with God?
2) The 11th chapter of Luke begins with Jesus teaching His disciples about prayer. Verse 10 says that “everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. To everyone who knocks, the door is opened.” Is this how you experience prayer in your life? What does it mean to you that Jesus says that “everyone who asks receives?” What do you think Jesus may have meant by these teachings?
BY OUR PRAYERS…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Terry Albert – Prayer for a good outcome from the surgeon for her pancreas.
Josie Barlow- recovery from surgery
Joyce Butts and family – The loss of Dennis Butts. Notes of care and concern may be sent to 30 Grandview Court, Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Adele Jones- pray for a blessed transition after her recent move to Saint Louis. Notes of encouragement may be sent to 2002 Boardwalk Dr, Apt 214, O’Fallon, MO 63368
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer
Marilyn Sherfield – undergoing treatments as she continues to battle lung cancer
Pat Stites and family – The loss of Bob Stites. There will be a Celebration of his life at Faithbridge this Saturday at 1:00. Notes of care and concern may be sent to PO Box 3317, Camdenton, MO 65020
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or fill out a prayer request card during the service on Sunday.)
CONNECT, GROW, and SERVE
Main Street Music Hall – Christmas on Main Street
Sign up in the church lobby to join us on Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 for “Christmas on Main Street”, at the Main Street Music Hall. They are again providing special pricing for Faithbridge members and their friends. Tickets must be purchased through the church to receive the discounted price.
Covenant Bible Study
Pastor Andy will be leading the Covenant Bible study in 2020. Covenant is a study that is great for all stages of faith- from the Bible illiterate to those wanting to take a deeper dive into the understanding and interpretation of scripture and how it forms our Christian faith. Together, we will walk through the whole Bible in three 8-week modules (a total of 24 weeks) that will be spread throughout the year. The first module will begin on January 7th and the participant’s guide costs $30. Please let us know if you’ll plan to attend by Sunday, December 22nd so that we make certain you have the materials for the study. For more information or to RSVP email Pastor Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
Every adult is invited to join a book study beginning on January 8th from 7-8 PM. They will be studying the book, “New Testament Stories From the Back Side” by J. Ellsworth Kalas. Everyone is welcome.
Please join us in adding a festive touch to Faithbridge by bringing a poinsettia. If you’d like to honor a loved one, please add a note. These may be placed near the fountain or lobby Christmas trees December 1 through December 15. Following Christmas, you may reclaim your poinsettia; all those remaining will be donated to our local nursing home.
Mark Your Calendars
Coffee with the Pastor – Saturday, December
14th, 10 AM
If you are new to Faithbridge UMC, then you are invited to Coffee with the Pastor. It’s a chance to talk with Pastor Andy and learn more about Faithbridge Church, the United Methodist denomination, and the expectations of membership. If you’re curious about possibly joining the Faithbridge, please plan to attend Coffee with the Pastor at 10 am on Saturday, December 14th at Starbucks (RSVP here).
A Travelers Christmas – Wednesday, December 18th, 4:30 PM – For those who will be traveling from the lake for Christmas Eve, join us for an early celebration.
Christmas Eve Service – Tuesday, December 24th, 6:30 PM – Our traditional candle-light celebration.
Thank You Card Received
Thank you, Faithbridge family, for the wonderful care package. What a sweet treat that was and what an honor it is to be thought of and loved on by all of you!! I’m so excited to eat all the yummy treats you left me. I’m beyond thankful for this church, for every member, and for all that you do.
Blessings, Alexis Rhodes