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WORDS FROM PASTOR DIANE

GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH

 
We say goodbye to another Christmas season. In the church, Christmas lasts twelve days as we listened to the music of “We Three Kings” last Sunday in worship. Before we let go of Christmas, however, I share with you what I learned about the gifts of the wise men: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
 
Have you ever thought about those gifts? Aren’t they rather impractical for a family with a newborn?
 
We all know what gold is. What in the world is frankincense and myrrh? They are secretions from certain trees and harden into chunks. Several years ago, someone gave me several bags of each. I’ve included a picture. They are fragrant, used in perfumes. They are used in embalming. Some say they have medicinal purposes. I carry a small vial of frankincense and myrrh oil in my purse and use it when I pray over someone. I place a small amount on my finger and make the sign of the cross on the forehead saying, “In the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” As I continue to pray for the person, the fragrance fills our nostrils.
 
Back in Jesus’ day, frankincense and myrrh were used in burials. After Jesus’ death, the women came to the tomb with spices to anoint Jesus’ body. Certainly, they brought frankincense and myrrh. Were the wise men pointing to Jesus’ death even at his birth? This was someone special, requiring a special gift.
 
What about gold? Gold was the practical gift. It was money. Here was a poor family that probably expressed relief at such a monetary gift, one that would provide real daily needs. The gold reminds us Jesus grew up in a real family that needed to figure out how to make a daily living.
 
Jill Duffield says in her book Advent in Plain Sight: “I am grateful for that magi’s most practical of gifts, money. That magi’s offering tethers Jesus to the messiness of making a living.” Even the “sacred incarnation” needed money.
 
What gifts do you bring Jesus?

 
Thursdays: February 3,10, and 17 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Thursday,
February 24, 8:00 - 9:00 am


In this class, you will explore the wonderful reasons to join a church, and what it means to be Presbyterian. You will discover all the different service opportunities this church has to offer. You will meet the pastors and leaders, and many others who give their time and talents to serve Christ through Valley Pres.
 
You can become an affiliate member (whereby you keep your main membership with your church back “home”) or an active member (full membership here at Valley).
 
Contact Pastor Diane Christopher to register (pastordiane@valleypres.net; 520-625-5023).

 

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So many of us have responded, we've added the date of Tuesday, February 8, and will add more dates as they are needed!  Just click on the link below, call the church office, or come to the Directory Table after worship on Sunday.

Picture Appointment on Line 

How does your faith work? Is it working? Chuck Ramsay is starting a class that will help all of us strengthen our faith through each other's experiences, successes, and stories. This is basic Christianity. How do we take Sunday morning faith, put it to work, and live the best life we can? That is the mission of the new Faith Works class with a Zoom option as well. (Persons wanting the Zoom meeting option please email Pastor Diane.) 
Written by Dr. Atul Gawande, BEING MORTAL discusses the last stages of life from his experiences with patients.  This class will meet in classroom 5 for 6 weeks for 90 minutes and will be facilitated by Eloise Fredrickson, Chris Erickson, and Pastor Diane Christopher. Purchase books online or through Pastor Diane. Books are $10.00

Please get the book and read chapter one before class starts.
String Quartet Music including Classical, Broadway, and Popular Hits.

Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Church Office.
Pam and Dave are international speakers for Operation Mobilization with responsibility for activities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, and North India. Speaking Farsi, they have been active in Iran with Afghanistan refugees who have no legal status in Iran and are cruelly treated. When they write “AFGHANISTAN: MY TEARS”  it is their deep personal experience and is reflected in their work in Wisconsin.
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