Dear Second Family,
Miss Congeniality is a 2000 film about an FBI agent who goes undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event. Sandra Bullock plays the undercover cop, Gracie Hart. In the crucial question and answer period of the pageant she's asked, "What is the one most important thing our society needs?
Her answer: "That would be harsher punishment for parole violators, Stan." [crowd is silent] When she realizes that won't gain her any points with the judges, she quickly changes her answer. "And world peace!" [crowd cheers ecstatically]
Why do I share this for this Second Sunday of Advent? Well, because the second candle of the Advent Wreath is the candle of Peace, and Peace is the theme for this Sunday's message. It's unfortunate that the idea of peace can seem so unattainable, or ill conceived that for some it has become cliché. Note, I said, 'for some.' You see for many in our communities and in the world the longing for the absence of violence, and the release from paralyzing anxiety, and the freedom from persistent fret is real, is palpable, is constant. What is the salve for this? Not what , but who.
Jesus. Jesus offers us calm and release and confidence. Peace is not cliché, nor amorphous. Peace is the truth of our lives in all circumstances if we will position ourselves for it, receive it, and be agents of it. This Sunday hear of those across the oceans and across the aisle who have experienced God's peace and who have ridden it in purpose and strength and who have leaned back into God's arms for comfort.
Last week Hope. This week Peace.
See you in worship!
PARENTS MORNING OUT
THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
SHOP TIL NOON
The youth of Second Presbyterian will offer childcare from 9-12 this Saturday morning. In return for a morning out on the town, we will ask for donations to the youth fund. This will help aid the cost of upcoming activities and a summer trip to Montreat.
2013 marks the centennial of the birth of English composer Benjamin Britten (Nov. 22, 1913 - Dec. 4, 1976). "A Ceremony of Carols" (Opus 28), was composed aboard ship during a month-long transatlantic crossing in 1942, amid rough seas and the threat of German U-boats. Written originally for the ethereal sound of three-part boys choir and harp, the texts are drawn from a book of early English religious poetry Britten purchased shortly before departure. In celebrating the birth of composer Benjamin Britten, please join us in the Fellowship Hall immediately following Worship and Second Sunday lunch, for birthday cake commemorating his 100th birthday.
NOT A MEMBER? THIS CLASS IS FOR YOU
If you have been coming to Second Pres for a while but never became a member, or if you are new and still checking us out, we have an opportunity for you. This Saturday, December 7, we will offer our New Members' Class in a two part, 1 1/2 hour format. From 9:30 am until 11:00 pm, we'll discuss who is Jesus, basic Presbyterian theology, confessions and the Lord's prayer. Contact Colin Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
SECOND SUNDAY LUNCH
Plan on staying later this Sunday as we enjoy a delicious lunch and fellowship immediately following Worship in our Fellowship Hall.
NEWS FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE
We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the members of Second Presbyterian for your generosity and support of our mission through your monetary gifts. Our financial books will close Monday, January 6th, 2014 at 5:00 pm, which will be the final day for crediting 2013 contributions you make to Second Presbyterian. Your generosity will enable us to meet all our budgeted commitments for 2013.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON FOR
THE VILLAGE AT SUMMERVILLE
This Thursday, December 12 - 11:00 am -1:00 pm
We are asking members to provide casseroles, vegetables, salads & desserts. Please have food to the kitchen by 9:30 a.m. and plan to stay and enjoy lunch with our guests. Contact Cathy Hinson at 571-1189 or email@example.com to let us know how you can help and participate in this festive event.
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