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Lower United Methodist Church
December 2, 2020

 

“The result is that you aren’t missing any spiritual gift while you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.”
1 Corinthians 1:7

Wait… what? We are not missing any spiritual gifts? That is what you think, Mr. Scripture writer, I have my doubts about that. What about the days when I get anxious by the demands of my work and the many responsibilities that I must perform efficiently? If I were not missing any spiritual gifts, I would be perfect and do everything fine.

Maybe I am the one missing the point of your words, Mr. Scripture writer, I am sure the people who you wrote to at the church in Corinth were not perfect either. What did you mean? Where you just being sarcastic like some theologians said? I don’t think so; I think you were unto something important for us to realize.

I know that Advent is the time to remember that we are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed in all his glory.  We celebrate the day when we will see Christ, coming in the clouds with great power and splendor. We encourage each other to remember that Christ will gather all his chosen people from the four corners of the earth. We delight in the knowledge that no one can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

So maybe what you mean is that as we wait for Christ to be revealed, the Spirit will work in us, molding our hearts and aligning our will with the will of God. As we wait, we are asked to be alert and pay attention to God’s call to our lives, to figure out what next adventure God is calling us to participate in. We are supposed to be awake and see the amazing wonders of the Lord as we wait surrounded by the darkness of this violent world. His grace is sufficient for us, and any spiritual gift we might be missing now will be given at the right time when we follow God’s lead and go in his name to bless others.

We might be missing some spiritual gifts today, but as we wait, I know your Spirit will keep working on each of us and the one who started the good work in us will complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Rev. Ileana Rosario

 

Prayer List Updates
Please remember these people
in your prayers:

Carolyn Cox
Coloff's 55th Wedding Anniversary
Carolyn Shank
Jim Johnson
Karen Parker
Louise Kruse

Ann Landon
Family of Wayne Evans' Brother-in-law
Kathleen Kruse's Nephew Wally
Carrie Belvin
Evelyn Beverly
Dylan Noffsinger
Tom Hollingsworth
Virginia Hooper
Vicki Hogge
Merle Henkel
Mary Griffin 
Donna Will's Oldest Grandson
Ms. Carrie
Henry Lackley
Joanie Beatley
Charlene's Brother
Doc Jones
Lee Rosser
Family of Chris Waltrop
Patricia Ellis
Wes Holland
Karen Parker
Carolyn Cox's Granddaughter Carlie

Advent continues as we prepare for Christ's birth...
Each Sunday our children will light the traditional Advent wreath as we focus on the anticipation of Christ’s birth leading up to Christmas and in the expectation of his second coming. 

Christmas Eve Services
 We will offer two services: the first outside by the crosses at 6:00 pm and the second one inside the sanctuary at 7:00 pm. 
All are welcome, of course, but due to the pandemic, please register for the 7:00 pm indoor service by contacting the church office at (804) 776-6250 or by e-mail lumc@va.metrocast.net
 
Consider scheduling recurring electronic contributions in the new year. To sign up, see our website: www.lowerumc.org.

Help us continue being a place of worship and blessing for the community with our many programs, missions, worship and outreach. Thank you for your faithful support!
Last week's offering:
$2,345.00
Needed for weekly budget:
$4,130.00

Our offerings to date:
$171,570.00
2020 Budget:
$214,754.00
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