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Prayer Service 2017

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I recall as a child growing up that a couple of things would happen at the beginning of a New Year. One, whether I wanted some or not I knew that my Grandmother was going to give me a bowl of black eye peas for "good luck".  Typically I would eat just a spoon full because I was told to do so! Second there would be a "praying in the New Year." I remember gathering with the family late on New Year's Eve for the sole purpose of praying.  As a young kid I really did not understand the reason or the purpose, I just knew that we would go to my Grandparents church, watch the people pray and then eat.
 
On Sunday, for our time of Worship, we are going to pray, "pray in the New Year."  Our focus will be on several prayers that are recorded in scripture.  As a group we will pray for the Lord's favor, us as believers, guidance, thanksgiving and commitment.  Then we will end our time of prayer with the reading of our Lord's prayer in Matthew.  As you prepare to attend worship this coming Sunday take time to reflect on the memories of 2016 as well as the Lord's guidance in 2017.  

It is a joy to serve UABC as your Interim Pastor! - Rev. Jeff Williamson

Candlelight Communion - Christmas Eve

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The celebration of Christmas has so many meanings. There are family gatherings, office parties, school programs and then there is church.  It is one of the two times a year that the church is unified. We come together because of one non-negotiable commonality.  The person and Lordship of Christ, Emmanuel “GOD WITH US!”  It is that most long awaited, wonderful time of the year. 

Just today I have been able to witness both “the joy of the season” and “the end of life journey.”  Both events ended with the Glory of the Lord and His presence being a present that is for all of us that believe and accept Him as LORD!

The “joy of the season” was witness by observing the singing of our Child Enrichment Center Children. They gathered with family and neighbors to celebrate and share the songs, sounds, and story of Christmas.  We gathered with phones and cameras in hand to capture the moment that a child shared with the residents of the Union Avenue Baptist Towers. They shared the excitement of Christmas.  From Rudolph to Jingle bells the fun began, then…the children became Angels, Shepherds, and Wise Men.  As only a child could they told with us - “Emmanuel”.  They wished their parents, and the residents a true smiled filled Merry Christmas!

Then a couple of hours later I participated in “the end of life journey.”  From the young, excitement filled child, to the cold hard ground of the grave to lay to rest an old friend.  Even during this time of year “life” continues and yes “life” does end. But…but this event, this gathering also ended with the Glory of the Lord.  As is often said, the end that was witnessed here was the beginning of a much better life, that being eternity with Christ. 

In the busyness of the season, or in the moment of just a few hours, take the time to “soak” in all the aspects of Christmas that the Lord reveals to you.  Make sure that church is a part of your traditions, your celebrations, and your commitments for the New Year.  Whether you are traveling or staying at home, attend church this weekend.

Here at Union Avenue our service times are as follows;

Christmas Eve - 6pm - Communion and Candlelight
Christmas Day - 11am - Long Awaited - The Christmas Story and Songs
New Year’s Day - 11am - Prayer and Song Service.

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