3 State Route 321
(Corner Main and High Streets)
PO Box 2, Mowrystown, Ohio 45155
(937) 442.5685 Office
Studying the Word of God and sharing it with others
Rev. Mark Mong, 937-661-4580
Tena Roler, 937-446-2460
Ruth Ann Richey, President, 937-393-9359
Jack Richey, 937-393-9359
Jill Schelling, Treasurer, 937-393-4134
Deb Tissot, 937-442-2781
Daily Bible Readings
from the Lectionary
The Mission Yearbook
Book of Confessions
Book of Order
Wednesday Bible Study at 7pm
Study at 1pm
Our monthly Euchre Club will resume on Saturday, January 24 at 6pm. Please bring an appetizer to share and a friend.
From the Pastor's Desk
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Every year at this time, I along with many others prepare to make our yearly trips back home to see friends and family during the holidays. We pack up our cars and our children and traverse many miles to partake of food, festivities and maybe perhaps a little football. We endure snow and ice, traffic on the highways, delays at the airports, pit stops and food stops, and much more so that as Bing Crosby sings, we might be home for the holidays.
We wouldnít be alone in making long trips around this time of year, for scripture reminds us that the holiday season is the time for making long trips to our hometowns. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was with child. This season seems all to appropriate for us to pack up our cars and our families and to trudge to the many miles from where we live to our hometowns to be with friends and families.
But what we all too often forget in the midst of our preparations and our travels back home is that we are not the only ones who travel in this season. I am not talking about the other cars on the roads or the other passengers in the seats next to us in the airplanes. I am talking about God.
God too has made travel plans this season. Scripture reminds us that God has made preparations to travel by sending Gabriel to announce his arrival. Scripture reminds us that God has sent prophets to foretell Godís coming. Scripture reminds us that God has Augustus issue a census of the world forcing Joseph to pack a very pregnant Mary upon a donkey and to travel. All of these things God has done to prepare for his trip back home.
But to where has God prepared to journey? Where is the home to which God almighty, creator and sustainer of the universe, prepared to return to? Godís home is with us. Godís home is in a body, because we are in a body. Godís home is amongst people, because we are made in his image. Godís home is where all human beings are. Since we cannot come back home to him because of our sinfulness, God traversed the distance between us, so that He might come back home to us.
Could this be why we always seek to come home this time of year? Not because we have always done it that way, but because our home came back to us? That such was the all-consuming love of God that no distance would keep God away from us, that no insult would keep God away from us, and that no sin would keep God away from us. God is going to be with us, even when we cannot be with him. So God travels, God journeys, God comes down to be with his creatures, God travels back to his people, God makes his home on earth, because that is just how much God loves us, that God cannot stand to be apart from us, that God cannot handle being away from us but that God wants to be smack dab right in the middle of us. Such is the love of our God.
But, lest we forget, Godís home with us and among us is not the clouds, nor the rocks nor the buildings over our heads. Godís home with us and among us is as Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Godís home is one and only one person, one and only one baby, one and only one child. This baby and no other. This child and no other. This human and no other. This is the one foretold, this is the one announced, this is the one of whom the angels sing, the shepherds visited, and the one the wise men travelled to see, this child and no other. This is the new home of our God, Jesus Christ, the one born of Mary and the one eternally begotten from God our Father. He and he alone is the new home of our God. He and no other.
So as we travel home to see family and friends, let us not only remember to pack everything we need upon our journeys; but let us also remember that as the man Jesus Christ, God has packed everything he needs and has travelled to us. In the midst of the busyness and business of this Christmas season, as we travel home to be with and to celebrate with our loved ones, let us remember and honor our God who travelled home to be with and to celebrate with his loved ones, us!Alleluia! Alleluia!
Daniel Frank's Prayer
May the Holy Spirit fill your minds
And release you from those evil binds
That contain us and stop us from loving God
Let Christ be seen, not through a facade
But in your church and in your lives
Love the Lord that strives
To live in your hearts forevermore
And flow over you like waves on a shore
So love the Lord your God deeply
And do not turn away so sheeply
That you miss God's love
Like just another morning dove
So go now with the Father's Word
And fly in the sky with God's herd
Of loving, following Christians