THE PASTOR'S DESK
PASTOR BILL PIPP
A CHANCE TO WARM UP
Dear Snyder's Church Family and Friends,
In a "Peanuts" cartoon strip, good old Charlie Brown says to Linus
"Life is just too much for me. I've been confused from the day I was born. I think the whole trouble is that we're thrown into life too fast. We're not really prepared." Linus then asks "What did you want.....a chance to warm up first?" The Advent season is supposed to be our chance to warm up. It's that time to prepare our hearts and homes for the birth of the Christ child. It's that time when we put up all the decorations in their place, the presents are bought and wrapped, the cards sent out and received, and we get ready for Christmas Day.
But if we aren't careful the time of preparation will be over and the big day will be here and it will be just another day. We'll finish opening all the gifts; the room will be strewn with scraps of wrapping paper and ribbon; the turkey or ham will have put up a valiant fight but be nothing but leftovers; and we'll be parked in front of the TV watching one of the games. Then all of a sudden that empty feeling will hit us. That feeling of "What's the use?" That Charlie Brown feeling of something missing, as if we were thrown into Christmas too fast. That's when we'll realize we needed time to warm up.
We continue our theme this coming Sunday for Advent:
"HOPE - An Advent Journey"
and will use the Scripture from Isaiah 40: 1-8; 21-22; 28-31
and the title of the sermon this week is
"Where Lasting Comfort Can Be Found."
You will not want to miss this second sermon in our current series as we prepare for the birth of Christ.
You have or will be receiving in a day or so our next membership letter describing what the "Re-Opening Committee" has decided.
Even though our Bishop and Superintendents "urged" our churches to close for the remainder of this year, we have decided that since Perry County's COVID-19 numbers are much lower than other counties that we will remain open. We know this is possible to change at a moment's notice, but as we know our church facilities are the "most sanitized" that there are.
We have taken all necessary precautions to make sure it is safe for us to be together.....so you can join us.
Each Sunday in December, we will also be singing one Christmas Carol at the end of the Service, but you will need to wear a mask in order to sing and we ask you to sing the carol in your calm voice.
For December we will sing, "Silent Night"; "Away In A Manger";
"The First Noel"; and "Joy To The World."
If you should choose not to sing then no mask is required.
One of the important figures in the Christmas Story is of course John the Baptist. Billy Graham, the late and great Evangelist was often referred to as the John The Baptizer of the 20th century.
Once Dr. Graham was asked about the condition of our world.
This is what he said, "We're suffering from only one disease in the world. Our basic problem is not a race problem. Our basic problem is not a poverty problem. Our basic problem is not a war problem. Our basic problem is a heart problem. We need to get the heart changed, the heart transformed."
Join us this week and get your heart changed and transformed as we continue our preparations for Christmas.
Know that you are loved and appreciated always.