Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

January 5, 2019

This Sunday 
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Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer two communion services. 

Traditional Service 9:00 AM

Sunday School 10:15 AM

Heartsong 11:15 AM

A nursery is provided.  

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Traditional Worship 9:00 AM
Sunday School 10:15 AM
Primetimers 11:00 AM
Heartsong Worship 11:15 AM 
Monday, January 7, 2019

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Friends in Grief 10:00 AM 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Prayer Shawl 10:00 AM 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Underground Huddle 6:00 PM
Heartsong Band 6:30 PM
Choir Practice 7:00 PM 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Walk and Talk 11:00 AM
Yoga 6:30 PM 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Chair Yoga 10:00 AM

"Fear for the New Year?"

"When King Herod heard this (that foreign dignitaries had come into his country unannounced), he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him." (Matthew 2:3)

King Herod was fearful for his own life and livelihood. Was he afraid for his nation? Well, about that we're not sure-often this particular king tended to be into things only for himself. He was afraid of losing his throne!

And yet, to have strange leaders from foreign lands enter your borders, that might well bring a great deal of consternation, to be sure! What were their motives? Why were they there? Who sent them? And, were they really spies upon the nation of Israel?

No one is really sure who these men were. Were they magicians (Magi) divining out some prophectic purpose? Were they religious priests following a glorified rumor throughout all nations of a new spiritual leader? Could they be astrologers following on the whim or a bright phenomenon in the sky?   Were they kings of distant places?

From the thoughts of magical curses and incantations to the very threat of war, Herod may well have had a real need to be fearful.

On the other hand, maybe-just maybe-they were friendly diplomats just passing through Israel, not wanting to cause any harm to anyone.

A new year does bring with it many joys but also quite a few uncertainties; it can bring with it many questions and concerns. But - as faithful children of God, how shall we respond? First, let's look carefully at this part of the story:
How does this integral part of the CHRISTmas story play out in our lives of faith? Why do we have such a story of aliens from a faraway land coming with precious (and expensive) gifts for a newborn king?

And, how is it that we should allow this story "move us" in our faith today? Why is this story included in the midst of shepherds, mangers, angels, and now-wise men?
Even in the earliest stages of our Lord's life-His birth-we have more than an ecumenical message; it's not just for the Jews, or even only for the poorest of the poor who are represented in the ones watching over their flocks by night; it's for the rich and famous, as well as the foreigner-for folks we may not have trusted in the past nor care for in the present.

"For God so loved the world..." rings clear in my head. How about you?
How shall this translate in this new year? How shall this wonderfully odd corner of the incarnation story of Christ change us all for the better?
"Love one another-as I have loved you." (John 13:34) There is your answer.

God loves you, and, so do we!

Pastor Jim
REMEMEBER:   Sunday, January 6, 2019 - we go back to our schedule of 9 a.m. and 11;15 a. m. with Sunday School at 10:15 a.m.
Magi Visit Jesus

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Please Pray for Members:
Maggie Flint; Annabelle Mason; Becky Hamilos; Debbie Garrison; Cheryl Milliken; Barbara Diehl; Frank Lau; Ken & Phyliss Farst; John Paul Neas; Frank Cunningham; Paul Bass; Kathleen Lowry; Brenda Snyder; Larry Ecklund; Josiah Flint; Barbara Gish; Kay Scheurer; Jean Loveday; Irene Ackley; Charles Hudson; Kasey Sorenson; Pat & Ralph Keffer; Mary King; Penny Van Hooser; Wendi Garrison

Family Members and Friends:   
Teresa Whetsell, who is in the last days of her life-(for Christa Dison and Diana Duncan [and families] as well); Norm Duncan; John Carpenter, Susan Reaves' son-in-law; Pastor Sterling Nelson & his wife, Pat (he is back in the hospital after heart surgery last month); Brent Farmer; Dustin Peeks; Nancy Wilde, friend of Andrew Reagan; Family of Eugene Oheler; Dorothy Stephens, Tedd's mother; Joy Burns, Tedd Stephen's sister; Donald Pennell; Craig Pennell, uncle & cousin of Travis; Eduard & Wilifred Bober, Karin McCoy's brothers; Albert Rudolph;  Branham Godsey; Bill & Selma Vicars; John Bardsley; Joseph Proctorm, grand-nephew of Tom & Susan Marshall; Geri Kirkland, Mike's sister-in-law; Alice Sulkowski; Jennifer Keegan, daughter of Karin McCoy; Randy Combs; Evalena Meredith; Marnie Peeks; Drew Myers; Laura Gill; Chedel Beck;  Amanda Jackson; Ryan Nesseth; Corky Hibbett; Bob & Debbie McGee; Mark Mullinax; Jim Bailey, Mike Murray; Marlene Eisen; Marge Bacon; Margie Hubbard; Scott Anderson; Peggy Howe; Earlene Kerley; Rev. Giles Van Wormer; Abi Amato; Josh & Alice Nunn; Bruce & Betsy Shine; Marsha Millhorn; Beth Neas

Military Service Members: 
Chance Johnson (Army); Nick Harris (Air Force)
Friends And Family: 
Lester E. McKinney, Airman 1st Class;   Andrew Acuna (Army), husband of Kandess Acuna and son-in-law of Shirley Boyle; Cade Hall (Navy) grandson of the Beckelhimers; Nick Hodge (Air Force) friend of the Flints; Chase Estep (Marines) brother of Clint Estep; David Guck (Marines) friend of Pat Wolf; Lester E. McKinney; Michael Hudson, Coast Guard, son of Chuck & Carol Hudson
Gospel Of The Week

The Magi Visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea,  during the time of King Herod,  Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem  and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star  when it rose and have come to worship him."

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. "In Bethlehem  in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:
"'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.'[b]" 

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.  He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts  of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned  in a dream  not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Matthew 2:1-12


Maggie, Josiah and Darcy Flint; Ellen Guigelaar.

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