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Peace
by Anne Morrison
 Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

As I sit at my computer each day, I can see a poster of “The Names of Jesus” hanging on my wall. I particularly love the Isaiah passage from the King James Version of the Bible. For me the Christmas season does not really begin until I play my DVD of The Messiah. Of all the musical passages in this great work by Handel, I find this the most meaningful, the names given to our Lord Jesus. It is a great reminder of God coming into our world in human form. We read/sing this verse during Advent to proclaim the wonderful gift we’ve been given in Jesus Christ…His names – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

All the names are special, but the last one – Prince of Peace – really stands out as something different from what so many of us experience in life. The sense of peace is often elusive. It is difficult to get a grasp on because there can be so much busyness, distraction, and conflict to be faced in our lives. Yet Jesus is called the Prince of Peace for a reason.

We are called as his followers to represent Christ. Since He is the Prince of Peace we are called to be ambassadors of His peace in this world. How are we doing with this calling? Are our lives reflecting the peace of God?

We can experience the peace of God by letting it reign in our lives. We can allow our hearts to be troubled and afraid or we can live in peace. But how does this work and how can we let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts? It begins with knowing Jesus and the gift He gives. When we realize this gift of peace, His peace given freely to us, it changes our spirit. Take time to reflect on our great Prince of Peace by spending time with God in this Advent season. Let us give thanks for Jesus Christ and all that He has done for us by His birth, life, death, and resurrection.

Gracious and loving God, as we celebrate Advent help us to recognize the true peace which only you can give through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Grant us that peace today as we honor the birth of your Son, in whose name we offer our prayers. Amen.

 
Purchase your Poinsettia's Now
Come by the office Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. where Linda and Cindy will be happy to help you with your purchase.  Poinsettias are $10.00 each.  

Please Note:  Poinsettias cannot be removed from the church until after Christmas.

In addition, Linda and Cindy are now taking orders for flower bouquets for the sanctuary in 2022.  The large bouquet is $50.00. You may call the office to reserve a date. If you have a specific date in mind, please make your reservations early as flowers are reserved on a first-come first-served basis.
A Service of Remembrance, Healing, Hope and Prayer, which will be held  in the Spiritual Life Center (and recorded for those who wish to view it on-line). Please submit the name of loved one’s friend’s pet’s and a brief remembrance sentence you would like to be read as we light a candle for one remembered during this service.

A choice of comforting soup will be provided as a to-go soup for those attending, specially prepared by the Valley Gallery.
 
If you wish to attend the service, please RSVP.
You may email your information to parishnurse@valleypres.net
or call the church office at 520-625-5023.
We are fortunate to have Mia Lee Cooper here every Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. for chair exercise classes. Mia Lee Cooper is a certified exercise trainer. 

For the next two Fridays ONLY  at 10:00 A.M. December 17 and December 24, Mia will also be leading two extra exercise classed here at Valley Presbyterian Church. 

If you have any questions contact Mia Lee Cooper at         520-204-5264
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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