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WORDS FROM PASTOR DIANE

Pastor Diane

Mary
 
As I listened to Pastor Craig’s sermon on Sunday, I was struck by something I never thought about before. Sunday’s scripture passage was from the Gospel of Luke as Mary is told she will be with child even as a virgin. As you can imagine, no one believed Mary’s story as to why she is pregnant…not her family, friends, her whole community. I am sure she was the target of much gossip and distain. The only one who believed her was her fiancé, Joseph, because of a visit from an angel.

But God does something to encourage Mary. God causes an 80-year-old woman to become pregnant, Elizabeth, a relative of Mary. Another miracle. Two women who shouldn’t be pregnant. At the same time. Encouraging each other. Another person believing Mary’s story. What a joy for Mary.

How has God encouraged you when God has asked you to do something hard?

So as I think about this baby growing inside Mary, I am in awe of deity and humanity inseparably joined together. As one prayer says, “Thank you for the way Christmas reminds me that faith is both material and mystical. No confusion, but lots of wonder” (from Seeking God’s Face).

May God encourage you this Christmas season and fill you with lots of wonder.

Pastor Diane
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Christ's birth.

4:00 pm for Lessons & Carols with the Taize Choir.

7:00 pm for a Candlelight Service with the Sanctuary Choir and Communion

Both Services will be livestreamed: www.valleypres.net
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. 
How do we make sense of the complexity of modern life from a Christian worldview?

In partnership with the Faith Formation group, a new class named "Faith Works" will be starting Tuesday, January 11 at 4:00 p.m.  This class center on lively discussion about current events.  We will be using a website wiredword.com most of the time, but will always allow for more current events to be discussed. 

For more information, contact Chuck Ramsay at chuckramsay517@gmail.com or 520-526-2593.
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