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Merry Christmas!

This Christmas Sunday will be filled with lots of joy and wonder and children.  We'll even have a special musical presentation by one of our children at both services.  My sermon addresses the drivenness, impulsiveness, and frenzied pace of our work and family life.  I found the lectionary text from 2 Samuel 7 particularly enlightening as I contemplated what God does in the midst of what I do.  Grace comes when I stop trying to make everything work by my own efforts.  This may not be a new idea to you, but if you're like me, it needs to be re-learned almost daily.  God's the One who makes incredible things happen.  This can be a liberating perspective which frees us to experience more joy and less stress and drivenness in our lives.  We need God's grace in this season when frantic activity, high demands, and painful memories are often strong.  

Most of the people in our congregation are highly driven, achievers, often laboring under big demands or going towards new projects and dreams.  Consider how many in our congregation have graduate degrees which required a certain amount of obsessive-compulsive behavior. How do we unlearn that?  Where does God's grace, including the joy, peace, and love of Christmas fit in?   I have found that I need to re-claim who and what really matters most.  I need to tell myself who really is in control.  

Music of joy, words of grace, and simple acts of love await you at Redmond Presbyterian Church this Christmas Sunday. Please join us for vibrant worship!

Pastor Larry

 

Seeking to Close Out 2014 with a Balanced Budget

Our Finance and Stewardship Commission seeks to balance our 2014 Church budget as we continue to gratefully receive year end close -out contributions of pledges and gift commitments.

We appreciate all who can bring their 2014 pledges up to date.  Confidentially held information regarding your pledge status for 2014 can be accessed through our Finance Team by emailing edward.rich@frontier.com or by calling Ed at 425 882-3348

Our Stewardship Pledge Drive for 2015  needs to close a big gap in our church's ministry and building fund pledges.  Currently, we have many individuals and families who are committed to our faith community who have not yet pledged.  Thank you for your faithfulness and financial support.  We're counting on many to help us fulfill our ministry and mission dreams.  "We're in Redmond for Good".   

 

Awakening the Christmas Spirit

A Compulsive Work Habit and the Power of Grace

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16: Romans 16:25-27

Worship this weekend at RPC:

9:00AM Traditional Worship

10:15AM Adult Spiritual Formation, room 14, CE Bldg.

11:15PM Contemporary Worship

Upcoming Events:

Candlelight Christmas Eve Services

Our annual Christmas Eve services are ready for you and your loved ones.  

5 PM  contemporary Christmas Eve Family service  

7 PM traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service 

Christmas carols, children's story, prayer and poetry, and the joy of being together singing Silent Night by Candlelight  Please bring your family and friends  

·       December 28th, Sunday  10am One Worship--Our new youth director, Dae Shik Kim, will preach about "Heroes" and Bill Phillips and the Praise Team will lead our music

·        December 28th – 31st Youth Ecumenical Retreat 

 

   

Advent Sermon Series

Awakening the Christmas Spirit

Leaving Behind the Bah, Humbugs of Ebenezer Scrooge

 

November 30 A Negative Spirit and the Power of Goodwill

Experiencing Life as Affirmation ~ Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

December 7 A Fear Driven Greed and the Power of Faith

Experiencing Life as Peace ~ Isaiah 40:6-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a

December 14  A Callous Indifference and the Power of Compassion

Experiencing Life as Transformation ~ Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 1:46b-55

December 21 A Compulsive Work Habit and the Power of Grace

Experiencing Life as Joy ~ 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Romans 16:25-27

December 24 A Dark Outlook and the Power of the Gospel

       Experiencing Life as Hope ~ Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:8-14    


   


Mission Project: Meals for the Homeless     

Providing food for Mary’s Place, a day shelter for homeless women in Seattle.  RPC provides breakfast every second Saturday of the month throughout the year.  Any questions about mission should be directed to Sandee Palmquist 425-867-1310 or email sandee.palmquist@comcast.net.