Youth Group members Lauren Cerione, Caleb Sulik, Kassidy Tirelli and Cheyenne Yelle opened worship last Sunday by lighting the Third Advent Candle, the Candle of Joy. Rev. Mouris Yousef’s sermon “The Witness of the Prophetess!” was based on Scripture readings John 4:39-42 and Luke 2:36-38. Anna the Prophetess had things to see and places where God would use her. Luke 2:38 tells us that Anna “began to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.” She couldn’t help but tell other people about what she has seen because she has seen the one who would bring the redemption of Jerusalem. How could she not tell people that? Anna was a prayer warrior who prayed night and day. When God chose a handful of believers who testified at His Son’s birth, God chose Anna. Through prayer she gained an insight that many failed to grasp. Anna saw mighty things of God that others missed. Anna prayed and God used her to tell others about Christ. Friends, the only way to get our unsaved friends into the presence of Jesus is through prayer. You may not be able to convince a lost friend to attend church, but you can bring your friend before the throne in prayer. Let me encourage you today to pray for at least one person.
We need to pray consistently, but we must also be ready to take the next step of proclaiming boldly. Anna recognized what an awesome privilege she had been given to testify of the Messiah. Holy boldness like Anna’s is stepping out of a comfort zone, by faith, to share the great news of eternal life with those who need it and are ready to receive it. Through holy boldness, we keep sharing because we refuse to be intimidated by darkness, ridicule, or a calloused heart of a lost soul. You cannot read this story without noticing the emphasis on Anna’s age, with the text saying she was “very old.” She had longed for this day for many years, and God granted her the desire of her heart. She provides a powerful example to never give up. Perseverance is doing what you can, where you are, with what you have. Far too many saints complain or get discouraged about what they don’t have or can’t do. There were some things Anna could not do that she once did, but she kept on serving. What are you doing with what you have?
A major lesson from Anna’s life is not to let age or any other barrier prevent you from making a significant contribution to the Kingdom. Anna’s story challenges all of us to stop making excuses and start making a difference with the opportunities and resources that we do have. Anna spent her final days on earth telling others about Christ. How will you spend your life? Friends, Anna couldn’t keep it to herself. She had to tell somebody, anybody, who was looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. This is how the gospel is spread in the world, because people have to tell somebody about this thing that changes their life. When was the last time you invited someone to come to church? When was the last time you witnessed to someone?
The Chancel Choir presents their Christmas Cantata “I’ll be Home For Christmas” next Sunday, December 21st during the 10:00 am worship service. Rev. Yousef’s meditation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent will be “Are You Going Home For Christmas?” based on Scripture readings Psalm 116:7 and Luke 2:3. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am, with our annual Christmas luncheon immediately following.
Women’s Bible study group meets Monday, December 22nd at 7:00 pm.
Rev. Mouris Yousef concludes his Advent Bible study series on Tuesday, December 23rd at both 10 am and 6 pm. Lesson four is “Prepare the Way: He is Glorified” (Luke 2:1-20). This special series is open to all who are looking to prepare their hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus.
Our Family Christmas Eve candlelight worship service is on Wednesday at 6:00 pm. We invite families in the community to share in this special service that gives us the opportunity to welcome Jesus Christ.
The Way youth group is on winter break. Bible themed study, activities and games for junior youth in 4th through 7th grades and senior youth in 8th grade and up will resume on Wednesday, January 7th.
Our Clothes Closet will next be open on Tuesday, January 20th, from 6-7 pm, offering serviceable used clothing for children and adults to those in need at no cost. However, if you need assistance before then, please call the church.
The Elmer Presbyterian Church is located at 107 Chestnut Street (Rt. 40) in Elmer, at the intersection of Rt. 40 and Front Street. The church is handicap accessible, with parking available behind the church. If you would like information about any of our worship services or programs, or need transportation, please call 856-358-8888.