Lift Up Your Hearts

When John Calvin wrote a liturgy for the Lord’s Supper, he introduced something that had been in the church for a thousand years called the Sursum corda, which in Latin means “Lift up your hearts.”  We are to lift up our hearts to commune with Jesus Christ.  We are lifted up into God’s presence where Jesus is, to commune with Him, to fellowship with Him, as well as with other members of His body.

The early disciples ate the Passover meal in the presence of Jesus.  And they didn’t think as they ate that unleavened bread and drank from that cup that something mysterious and hocus pocus was taking place with the elements of the bread and wine.  No, it was to Jesus that they pointed, and it was to Jesus that He called them to meditate upon.

The Lord’s Supper speaks of communion.  It speaks of fellowship; it speaks of participation.  It speaks of union with Jesus Christ: that when Jesus died, we died.  And when Jesus rose from the dead, we rose from the dead; so that we can say with the Apostle Paul that we sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6)!  And that’s the beauty of it.  We have a triumphant Lord who has conquered death, and the grave and hell, and ever lives to make intercession for us.  

There is one overwhelming response that I think we are meant to see here, and it was a response that the early church saw.  It was the fact that when Jesus took bread, He blessed it; and when He took the cup, He gave thanks.  It’s the Greek word Eucharist.  It’s simply the Greek word: to give thanks.      

So, what is the Lord’s Supper about?  It’s about saying, “Thank You, Jesus.  Thank You from the bottom of my heart that You rescued me, that You delivered me, that You put my feet upon a rock; You gave me a new heart. You opened my eyes. You saved me by your amazing grace, and you gave me such extraordinary promises that can never be broken.  Thank You, Jesus, for all that you have done for me.”

As we gather around the Lord’s Table this Sunday, I encourage us to “Lift up our hearts.”  In this meal that speaks of covenant and communion, let us remember all that God has done for us in Jesus Christ our Lord.  And may our hearts always be thankful!

Sunday Worship

Pastor Glen’s sermon on this Second Sunday of Advent is entitled, “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” based upon the hymn of the same name and Habakkuk 2:20.  Please read this text in preparation for worship.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  We encourage you to examine yourself before receiving the Sacrament per 1 Corinthians 11:27-32.

Ladies Christmas Luncheon

THIS SUNDAY (December 4th), immediately following our worship service.  Come join us for delicious food, fun, and fellowship!  Our special guest speaker is our very own Janet Coiner! (No Adult Sunday school this Sunday)

Church Choir

The psalmist declared, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!  Serve the Lord with gladness!  Come into his presence with singing!”  Do you love to sing?  Come join our Hope Choir to celebrate the Christmas season together in song!   Practices are on SATURDAY at 10:00 a.m. at the church.  All are welcome!

Church Administrator

We need of a part-time volunteer church administrator.  This would be a person who could help in the church office for 2-4 hours per week with general administrative duties.  Please see Pastor Holman for more information.

Tithes and Offerings

An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary.  Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.

Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports

If you have any concerns you would like to add to the Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports list or give an update, PLEASE contact our prayer coordinator, Janet Coiner (540.447.0918) by THURSDAY at NOON!!  Thanks so much!!

Mission Corner

Giving Tree for Love INC

There is a special Christmas tree in our sanctuary with hearts, identifying various items to be purchased and then given to those needing assistance through Love INC.

Missions Team is active keeping in touch with our missionaries and other ministries.  Please keep updated!  You can visit our website and go to the Outreach page

October Financial Report

Offerings: Monthly: $15,674.00           YTD: $157,432.60

Expenses: Monthly: $13,048.84           YTD: $153,814.04

We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and restricted giving.  In October we received $650.00 for our capital campaign.

December Birthdays

John Severs & Sam King (12/1); Melissa Bare (12/6); Gail Fisher (12/14); Ron Layne (12/18); Kate King (12/21); Cliff Scott (12/28)