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SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR SUNDAY, December 8, 2019

The Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40: 1-5

Comfort, O comfort my people,
    says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and cry to her
that she has served her term,
    that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
    double for all her sins.

 A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
    and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
    and the rough places a plain.
 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
    and all people shall see it together,
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Matthew 3:1-12

 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight.’”

 Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.  Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan,  and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bear fruit worthy of repentance.  Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Sermon: “Seeing Jesus in Advent: Forgiveness that Paves the Way”        

Announcements

Advent Devotional Book: The Advent devotional book this year is “Straw for the Manger”. The books are available at the Welcome Center desk.

Poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas can be brought to the office anytime following the Christmas pageant on Dec 15. Please write your name on the bottom of your plant so that you can take it home after the services on Christmas Eve

New Prayer Cards You will notice green and yellow cards in the pew pocket. The yellow cards are for prayers of Intercession/Supplication, and the green cards are for prayers of Thanksgiving/Celebration.

New at CPC, assistive listening receivers provide a direct connection from the pastor’s microphone to your ear with crystal clear clarity. Available at the Welcome Center desk.

Faith Commitment Thank you for your pledges that we have dedicated! We continue to receive pledges for 2020, and there are extra pledge cards in the pew pocket and in the Welcome Center. Thank you for your commitment to God through the ministry of this church.

Care and Share The December donation for Care and Share is:      Canned Hams!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!  There will be a “Christmas Cookie potluck” after the Children’s Christmas pageant on Dec 15th. Bring your favorite cookies to share!

Iron County Acoustic Music Association welcomes the holiday season with the Many Miles Acoustic Duo, Friday, December 13, at 7 PM in the CPC Fellowship Hall Seasonal songs will be featured in their set. Check out their music at www.manymiles band.com. $5 suggested donation.

Christmas Pageant rehearsal December 14, 1:30-3:00. The pageant is Sunday, December 15, arrive at 9:00am. The pageant will be followed by a Christmas Cookie Party. Bring some cookies to share!

CPC Moms! We're getting together for coffee, chat and prayer on a monthly basis! And we've started a Facebook group to help us moms connect and find times to get together. We'd love to have you be a part of this private group! find Penny Yardley or Robyn Eddy on FB and send us a friend request, or just let us know how to find you and we'll send you a request!

And if anyone knows what happened to the kids worship activity bags that we had this fall, please bring them back (they all disappeared!). 

Church Newsletter  If you need to continue to receive the newsletter by mail, please sign up on the clipboard at the Welcome Desk.

Bible and Brew Meet at 9:00am on Tuesday mornings in the church conference room. Bring your Bible and a cup of coffee.

Martha Circle next meeting is December 19, at 1pm. Contact Sonya Swatsley at 435-590-1432 for more information.

Abigail Circle “refresh..renew..reinvent”-will meet every Wednesday, 4-5pm, from January 15-February 19 at the Cedar City library. Questions? Call Jane 702-375-5813 or Gen 435-559-6822. 

Please Pray

Prayers of Intercession: Jan Hite, Kathie Duca, Beverly Dressen, Tim Ebersole, David Price, Patt Behrens, Rev Jeri Lee Harrell-Leeper, Tyler Ballou, Greg Gonzalez, Brad Phelps, Jackie Jackson, Kate Mackin (Susan Allman’s daughter), Klaus Stetzenbach, Dick Reed, Audrey Starks (Jane McCoy’s aunt), Marci Beck, Dee Thorpe, Claire Whipple, Bob Beatty (Phyllis Beatty’s husband)

Prayers for Bereavement: Fish family, Audrey Lebbon, Des and Sara Penny

Church Calendar

08 Sunday

        9:30am Coffee Fellowship

     10:00am Worship

     10:15am Sunday School

     11:15am 2nd Sunday Potluck/Birthday Sunday

     11:45am Youth Group

       7:30pm The Messiah Concert at Heritage Center

09 Monday

         4:00pm Women’s Ensemble Rehearsal

         7:30pm The Messiah Concert at Heritage Center

10 Tuesday

         9:00am Bible and Brew

       11:00am Finance committee

         5:00pm Worship committee

11 Wednesday

         8:30am Session Dialogue

         2:00pm Care Teams

     4-6:00pm Girl Scouts

12 Thursday

      7:00pm Praise Band rehearsal

13 Friday

      7:00pm ICAMA

14 Saturday

      1:30-3:00 Children’s Pageant Dress Rehearsal

      4-6:00pm Youth Carol for Canned Foods, gift exchange, supper at Pearsons

15 Sunday

        9:30am Coffee Fellowship

      10:00am Worship/Children’s Pageant/Christmas Joy Offering

      10:15am Sunday school

      11:15am Cookie “Potluck”

      11:45am Great Courses Class

      11:45am Youth Group

                      

 Community Presbyterian Session

Class of 2020  Mary Belle Royer

Class of 2021  Linda Stetzenbach, Brad Phelps, Dana Covey

Class of 2022 Jeff Smith, Jane McCoy, Rich Bontadelli

 Community Presbyterian Board of Deacons

          Deacons:  Debbie Vogel, Ann Johnson, Rita Osborn

Shepherds: Kathie Duca, Jan Ackart, Gen Phelps, Beth Gaines, Jeff & Marilyn Smith, Mary Shurtleff, Cathy Ewert, Carla Spaulding

 Community Presbyterian Church

2279 North Wedgewood Lane

Cedar City, Utah 84721

435-586-8891

Office Hours T-Th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Pastor Nancy Pearson pastor@cedarpres.org

Associate Pastor Robyn Eddy pastorrobyn@cedarpres.org

Admin Assistant Marci Beck mbeck@cedarpres.org

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