Experiencing Overflowing Joy In God’s Story, In Our Story: Advent Story Week 4 2013

The Story: The King Who Had It All

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?  The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.” –  1 Kings 3:9-10

Slide4As we consider the life of Solomon this week in The Story, Mike and I would like to reflect on the wisdom and blessings that have been bestowed on us at Faith UMC.  Advent season is so much a part of the memories.  We made our first Advent wreath at a workshop at church.  We still use that wreath to light the candles each night for our devotions during Advent. We gain wisdom as we study the scriptures.  Lighting the wreath in church as a family prepared us for the message of a sermon and the wisdom of our pastors.   During this same season the annual Christmas dinner was held.  We were asked to be on the planning committee our first year at the church.  I’m sure it was not for our culinary wisdom.  It was to help make us feel like we were part of the family, especially God’s family!

photo (31)The church has offered so much wisdom to our family over the years.  We are thankful for many patient and loving Sunday School teachers, Bible School teachers, youth leaders, choir directors and study group leaders.  Our girls will never forget Mr. Rudy and his kind and loving ways with the 4 year olds.   We shared in the wisdom of many Bible scholars.  Some were trained at the seminary level; some were trained by God Himself in the way they lived their lives and helped us to interpret “The Story”.

Do you remember Roast Beef Dinners?  We learned to serve almost 500 people with wonderful food every month.  We learned kindness and patience as we raised money for missions.  We learned much about the art of giving as the girls traveled on mission trips, as UMW reading and study showed us where we could be of help in many parts of the world.

We are glad to return to our family here at Faith.  We want to continue our story and to learn from The Story.  We encourage you to make good use of all of the wonderful opportunities at this church and gain wisdom from many sources.  Many, many blessings to you and your family!

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for your love and devotion to us.  Please make us worthy of all you bestow on us.

Mike and Sharon McConnell

In what ways have the overflowing joys you have experienced in the past given you hope for the future?

Suggest Scripture Readings for the Fourth Week of Advent:

Sunday:  1 Kings 3:9-10
Monday:  1 Corinthians 1:7-16
Tuesday:  Luke 2:1-20
Wednesday:  John 1:1-10, John 3:16
Thursday:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Friday:  Psalm 126
Saturday: Psalm 117

Click this link for additional resources and ways to experience Advent at Faith UMC:  http://faithum.weebly.com/advent.html




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Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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