First United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 04, 2016
To Know God and Make God Known
With regret we have decided to cancel our
Christmas Carnival for this
the weather forecast
The church is located at the corner of Nall and Eugene Streets
(1826 Nall St. Port Neches, TX 77651).
We are three blocks north of Magnolia (FM 366) on Nall. Parking is located
in the back of the building.
The church office is open Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm and closed for Lunch 12-1pm.
Fridays we are open from 8am-12pm.
CONTEMPORARY PRAISE & WORSHIP AT 9:00 AM
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP AT 11:00 AM
From the Pastor
“…the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11
Dear Church Family, The following is a copy of a story that I used in a Christmas Eve message a few years ago, which is based on a story from Laurence Hull Stookey’s This Day: An ancient legend says that one day a decree went out throughout heaven that called all of the hosts of the Lord to gather together. All were to attend – the angels and archangels, the seraphim and cherubim, the entire company of heaven. This of course aroused great curiosity, for this was an unusual event. What could God want, they wondered? When the appointed day arrived, all assembled precisely on time around the throne. As they anxiously awaited the proceedings, a hush fell over the eager crowd as a voice came from the throne: “You know the events that have taken place of late on planet Earth,” said God. Yes, they knew all too well. The humans were notorious for their willful disobedience against their Creator. Adam and Eve paid no attention to the clear command of God. Their son, Cain, rose up and brutally murdered his own brother, Abel. And things went downhill from there. Yes, they knew the history of life on earth. God continued, “I have sent judges, kings, and prophets to the people whom I love, but the children of earth simply will not listen to their own kind. Therefore something new must happen. Someone from here must go down to them, someone with divine authority, so that they will finally listen and obey, so that they finally grasp the depth of my loving concern for them.” The heavenly hosts became agitated. They thought God would ask for volunteers, and they had no interest in becoming enmeshed in the dirtiness of the people of earth. No one would volunteer. Then God said, “I shall go myself and dwell among them, as one of them, born into their midst.” A gasp filled the air – surely not! Would God really go to that place? Would God become one of them – flesh and blood? Could God the Almighty Creator stoop to become a humble creature…the righteous Judge as a friend of sinners? Who knows what the humans would do. If they did not recognize their visitor as the Eternal One, God, would they go as far as to slay God-made-flesh? The answer to all of these questions is – YES! As we hear in John’s Gospel, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” God, as a child, as Jesus, came to our messy world to live with us, to experience life with us, to show us what it means to live and to love, to die for us so that we can find forgiveness, and to rise for us so that we can find true, everlasting life! Here is good news of great joy for all the people. God became human in Christ. God’s ultimate Word is revealed in the midst of human life: A life where messes are sacred things; a life where we can see new possibilities and break old patterns; a life where we spend each day walking hand in hand with God; a life where we continue writing the greatest story ever told. Spend this Advent Season, leading up to Christmas, thinking about the amazing gift we have in the coming of Christ. Happy Advent and Merry Christmas!