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Vision and Mission 2016

December 1, 2016

This Sunday we will celebrate the second Sunday in Advent season with Traditional (9AM) and Contemporary 11:15AM Christmas Music.  We'll also celebrate the Lord's Supper and consider a familiar lectionary text about the coming of Jesus.

About the sermon.  Many of you know that the word Messiah is rooted in the Hebrew word meaning "anointed."  In ancient Judaism the word became synonymous with Kingship since their kings were ceremonially anointed when they came to the throne.  Later the word developed into the longings of the people for a "good and powerful" King (somewhat like their greatest King David -1,000BC.). In their imaginings 'the anointed one' would be a king who would bring peace and justice for all the people.  Hence the word Messiah became loaded with hope and expectations for a great King.  You know where this is going. 

On Sunday we will reflect on the "Messianic” passage we hear at Christmas --Isaiah 11:1-10.  The prophet Isaiah foretells of a Day when God will send a King of Kings to rule the people unlike anyone before.

Somewhat like ancient Israel, people today long for a King (president or prime minister) who can rule with great wisdom and a powerful arm of Justice.   People long for someone who can bring peace to our warring world.  But most people believe there is no one equal to the task.  According to 1 Samuel, God never wanted Israel to buy into the whole human kingship model.  He even says something similar to the famous quotation from Lord Acton, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."  In fact, the ideal for the ancient confederacy of Israel's twelve tribes, before they went for the kingship model, was for God himself to rule (Theocracy).  After countless failed monarchies, the people longed for the kind of king that would be just like the God they worshiped. 

"The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of Knowledge and fear of the Lord.”  Isaiah 11:2

Bill Phillip's Concert: Christmas is All in Your Heart @ 2PM in the sanctuary.  Original Christmas music--rooted in scripture --including both profound and, at times, fun-loving melodies and lyrics.  Bill and his family have blessed our faith community yearly with 70 minutes of incredible music.  Bill has composed a number of new pieces for this year. Light refreshments to follow from our Fellowship Commission. Don't miss it!

Let's gather together for a wonderful Sunday of worship and Christmas Music. 

Pastor Larry

Worship This Sunday

2nd Sunday of advent

8:50 Prelude; 8:55 Announcements

9:00AM Worship

10:15am Fellowship/ASF, Upper Room, CE Bldg.

11:15AM Worship


Longings of the Heart: Longings to See Justice

Isaiah 11:1-10; Revelation 19:11-16


Stewardship Status 2017: We continue to receive your pledges and one time gifts for our 2017 Church's ministry and mission budget. Please take a pledge card (attached to your attendance clipboard), pray on this and return to the church. This will help us as we plan for next year. Thank you for sharing in the work of God through RPC. The Stewardship Team


Redmond Presbyterian Church’s 2016 Advent Devotional is out. Please pick up your red covered copy in the narthex or the back of the church.


Please place all unwrapped gifts for Y Village and Hopelink in gift bags, some bags are already provided, under the tree, by next Sunday, Dec 11th. Tags for gift ideas are in the sanctuary on the trees and Y Village poster. The family in the Y Village, is a single mom and her 3 year old son, Samuel. 


Enclosed in today’s bulletin, is Advent Worship Opportunities and the Christmas Flowers order form. We still need someone to light the candles on the Advent wreath next week, December 11th, at the 5 pm Christmas Eve service and Christmas Day at 10am. We need ushers for the 7pm Christmas Eve service and Christmas Day.  Please sign up.


Upcoming Events:

  • December 4th, 2pm, Bill Phillips & family’s annual Christmas Is All In Your Heart Concert – This Sunday!
  • December 10, 8am, Men’s Breakfast Club @ Ermerald Heights
  • December 10th, 8:15am, RPC serves breakfast @ Mary’s Place
  • December 11th, 10am, Festival of Lessons and Carols, Traditional/Praise team, one worship service
  • December 13th Annual Christmas Luncheon @ Emerald Heights
  • December 13th, 6pm Session meets @ Pastor Grounds house (Christmas potluck)
  • December 18th, 10am, A Children’s Christmas; "All Church Open House" following service
  • December 18th, 7pm, Youth Group’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Party in Youth Room

Please remember that the sign-up sheets for: Cookies, Flowers, Mary’s Place and the Mowing Schedule are posted on the bulletin boards at the back of the Sanctuary.


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.