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WORDS FROM PASTOR DIANE

Tears
Last week in my “Advent in Plain Sight” class, our daily readings were on tears. One of my favorite Bible passages on tears is found in Psalm 56:8
You keep track of all my sorrows.
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.
Our tears are so precious and so important that they are kept in a bottle in heaven and recorded for eternity.
 
Christmas seems to bring out our tears. We grieve our losses. We remember the past with nostalgia. I wept along with those in the path of the tornadoes this past weekend.
 
Thus, for this email blast, I share a prayer of tears from our class. May you pray it  along with me:
 
God, hear the cries of those sowing fields of tears this day. Do not let their weeping be in vain. Do not let it last forever. When they crumble under the weight of sorrow, unsure if they will ever shout for joy again, send the Comforter; your Holy Spirit, to encourage and sustain them. When you bring them home from exile, whatever form that season of pain takes, may their shouts of joy resound through their communities, bearing witness to your goodness, grace, and mercy, granting hope to those still sowing in tears.
 
If you know someone who is weeping, assure them the value of their tears.
Pastor Diane

 
A service of Remembrance, Healing, Hope and Prayer in the Spiritual Life Center. It will also be recorded for those who wish to view it on line. 
"Christmas in the Valley"  
Saturday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m.

 
Our very own Chancel Choir will "Sing" in the Holiday Season with a religious and secular program.
 
Free Admission for this one program.

Additional Concerts Coming in the Near Future:
 
Saturday, January 15th at 3:00 p.m. - String Quartet Music featuring popular classical, broadway and pop music.

Sunday, February 13th at 3:00 p.m. - "Endless Love" featuring University of Arizona's Professor of Voice, Darnell T. Roulhac.

Sunday, March 6th at 3:00 p.m. - Caleb Collins, Grammy Award Nominee will bring his piano stylings and velvety vocals together in a concert of jazz standards and treasured hymns.

Tickets for the above-noted concerts will be $20 per person.  Tickets are available at Valley Presbyterian Church in the office.

 
MASKS ARE REQUIRED

 Advent Taizé

Thursdays, Dec.16
5 p.m. in the Spiritual Life Center

 
Taizé is a beautiful, half-hour meditative service of song and candlelight, scripture and   prayer. If you have not been to a Taizé worship service, we invite you to come and have your soul filled with peace and joy.

For Advent, we focus on the deliverance stories in the Book of   Daniel. Perhaps you learned about them in Children’s Sunday School: Daniel in the lions den; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednago in the fiery furnace. Deliverance comes as well in the form of an angel and promises of a coming Messiah. 

Come and worship the One who gives these promises of deliverance for us today.
The Time to sign up is now!
Stop by the church office, fill out the form and leave it with the receptionist by Friday, December 23.

Supper Cluster is a great way to meet new people and renew old friendships.
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Green Valley, AZ. 85622
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