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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 18:41

A Christmas Prayer For 2015: O Come, O Come, Immanuel (Veni, Veni Emmanuel)

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Dwight K. Nelson

Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.

As we approach the end of another year and enter into the Christmas season, it's never been more apparent that the world is in desperate need of that baby born in a manger so many years ago. We must now, as God's people did over 2000 years ago, lift our voices in this prayer: "Veni, Veni Emmanuel (O Come, O Come, Immanuel)".
Saturday, December 05, 2015
Program: 
As We Begin
I Saw Three Ships • L. Kerchner
Praise
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing • O Come, All Ye Faithful Silent Night • Joy to the World
Prayer
José Bourget
"By the Word of Their Testimony" Baptism
Chris Ngugi with Ben Martin • Jane-Carla Esperance Idana Gedeon-Sainsurin with Rodlie Ortiz
Baby Dedication
Emmett Elijah presented by Benjamin & Brianna Martin with José Bourget
Worship in Music
Candlelight Procession • Adam Gorb
Sermon
“A Christmas Prayer for 2015: O Come, O Come, Immanuel (Veni, Veni Emmanuel)” • Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Cards, Tithes & Offerings
Hymn
O Come, O Come, Immanuel • 115
As We Depart
Joy to the Season • Sean O'Loughlin

“A Christmas Prayer for 2015: O Come, O Come, Immanuel”

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  • The Gathering Dark
    • James Nelson Black: “As I have looked back across the ruins and landmarks of antiquity, I have been stunned by the parallels between those societies and our own. For most of us the destruction of Carthage, the rise of the Greek city-states, and the Fall of Rome are mere ghosts of the past, history lessons long forgotten. And such things as the capture of Constantinople, the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, the collapse of the kingdoms of France and Spain, and the slow withering decline of the British Empire are much less clear and less memorable. . . . But this is the legitimate background of our own place in history, [thus] it is vital that we reconsider the nature of life in those earlier times. For within those eras and movements are the seeds of the troubles we face today.” (When Nations Die 3 www.leaderu.com/common/nationsdie.html)

Social decay:

  • Crisis of lawlessness
  • Loss of economic discipline
  • Rising bureaucracy

Cultural decay:

  • Decline of education
  • Weakening of cultural foundations
  • Loss of respect for tradition
  • Increase in materialism

Moral decay:

  • Rise in immorality
  • Decay of religious belief
  • Devaluing of human life

 

  • The Piercing Light
    • Matthew 4:16-17—The world was   when Christ came the first time.
    • Revelation 18:1-3—The world will be when Christ comes the second time.
    • Ezekiel 43:1, 2—But as it was the first time so it will be the second time—the Light of will pierce the darkness of the world.
    • Malachi 4:2—The of Righteousness will rise with healing in His beams.
    • Isaiah 60:1, 2—And He will pierce the darkness through His glory that will shine upon His .
    • Matthew 5:14-16—So we must let the light of His shine us.
    • Christ’s Object Lessons:
  • “It is the darkness of misapprehension of that is enshrouding the world. [People] are losing their knowledge of His character.” (415)
  • “The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of .” (415)
  • “The children of God are to manifest His glory. In own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.” (415-416)
  • “Thus in the night of spiritual darkness God’s glory is to shine forth through His in lifting up the bowed down and comforting those that mourn.” (417)
  • “Practical work will have far more than mere sermonizing. We are to give food to the hungry, clothing to the naked, and shelter to the homeless.” (417)
  • “And we are called to do more than this. The wants of the soul, only the of Christ can satisfy. If Christ is abiding in us, our hearts will be full of divine sympathy. The sealed fountains of earnest, Christlike will be unsealed.” (417)
  • “The whole earth, wrapped as it is in the darkness of sin, and sorrow, and pain, is to be lighted with the knowledge of God’s . From no sect, rank, or class of people is the light shining from heaven’s throne to be excluded. . . . The power of hell has been overcome.” (418)

 

“Go light your world!”

(Flyer, TV, Google search, name of person who invited you, etc.)
Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy concert

Anthony Brown is a creative force in music with unparalleled talent as a songwriter, vocal director, producer, worship leader and singer. Brown, along with his background singers, group therAPy, emerged as a breakthrough artist with their first album in 2012 and they have been going forward ever since with four albums to date. “Uplifting” and “invoking a fresh and joyous spirit” have been words used to describe Brown & group therAPy’s music.

More information and tickets at howard.andrews.edu

 

Pioneer Forever Friends Adventurers Meeting Online This Week

This Sunday, January 23, the Pioneer Forever Friends Adventurer Club will be meeting online via Zoom. We will be meeting at the regular time, 10:00 AM. Adventurer families, please check your email for the Zoom link and other important information from Forever Friends leaders. Contact adventurers@pmchurch.org with questions.

Offering for January 22, 2022

Religious Liberty

Matthew 5:9-13 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

The purpose of religious liberty ministry within the church is to protect our ability to share and practice our faith both here in the United States and around the world. The Public Affairs and Religious Liberty departments serve to protect and defend our sacred freedoms through a variety of means, that includes the distribution of literature, the education of members and pastors, and legal advocacy, to name a few.

The funds provided today also help sponsor Liberty Magazine subscriptions to individuals who make decisions that impact our ability to live out our religious convictions. It also supports the legal defense of members that experience religious discrimination in the workplace.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church also advocates on behalf of the religious freedoms of individuals who believe differently than we do. In doing so we honor God’s gracious gift of individual choice and the power of the Holy Spirit to motivate sincere change. We invite you to prayerfully consider giving generously today to help others learn the importance of religious liberty and to assist members with religious liberty needs.

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

New Zoom Sabbath School Class

We would like to inform you that the Seminary Sabbath School class usually taught by Jacques Doukhan and others in room 150 at the Seminary, will be held this quarter (January-March 2022) via Zoom, with the participation of Dr. Felix Cortez, author of the current quarterly on Hebrews. If interested, here is the zoom link for the whole quarter. We appreciate your help in spreading this information to other class members.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84675178306?pwd=ZDNmSEV0Q2pGTVd6OUJ5RWMrdkJtQT09
Time: Jan 1-Mar 26, 2022 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 846 7517 8306
Passcode: 603507

Dear friends,
Dr. Jacques Doukhan will teach this week's lesson (January 22), "Jesus our Faithful Brother." I invite all of you to this spiritual feast, to think, discuss and grow together. See you soon,

Jacques Doukhan

MAP Funding for N2N

Recently, Neighbor To Neighbor(N2N) received $35,000 from the Michigan Advance Plan (MAP) special projects fund to help with the renovation of the Client Services area. This is a gift to the churches in District 9 that support N2N. Have you supported MAP recently? It is an opportunity to support projects like this as well as evangelism, education, camp meeting and camp. Consider being a MAP Partner and devoting one percent of income each month to these lay sponsored projects.

How To Be Rich

We will show a four part series How to Be Rich by Andy Stanley 1/15 "Congratulations" 1/22 "Side Effects" 1/29 "Dollar Cost Living" 2/5 "Diversify"

Come and learn the Bible way: “I will not put my trust in riches but in HIM who richly provides.”
Something In Common Sabbath School meets in Room 141 at 10:30 am

Adventist Engaged Encounter Feb 18-20

Adventist Engaged Encounter (AEE) is a fun weekend intensive workshop for seriously dating, engaged, and newlywed couples. AEE is not group therapy, no sharing with the group required, and it IS a private, safe environment with 12 guided sessions by marriage mentors. AEE is a great tool to add to your relationship toolbox, but AEE IS NOT CRISIS COUNSELING. AEE IS designed to help you take your relationship to the next level of love, connection, focus, and commitment. The weekend of Meetings will be held in the lower level of Nethery Hall starting at 6:30 PM 2/18/22.

 

New Winter Sabbath Journey: "A Banner Unfurled"

I hope you will join us (online or in-person) for a worship journey we may never have been on together. "A Banner Unfurled" will be a fresh plunge into the shining truth about our Creator-Savior and His gift of the seventh day, the Sabbath, to humanity.
We won’t be arguing over which Day—we already know. But we will be creatively exploring how existentially/experientially the treasure of Christ embedded in the Day can reignite our pandemic-shadowed lives with new light and meaning this New Year.

I'm praying we'll never be the same again as a result of this exploration. And I hope you invite your friends and family to join us.

For your handy reference here is the lineup of our Pioneer winter Sabbaths in 2022:

  • January 8 – "Killing Time"
  • January 15  – "'The Peace of Wild Things'"
  • January 22  – "'All the Light We Cannot See'"
  • January 29 –  Andrews University Student Association Sabbath
  • February 5  – "Familiarity Breeds Contempt"
  • February 12 – "'My Soul Followeth Hard After Thee'"
  • February 19 – Pathfinder Sabbath
  • February 26 – "'The Things on Which the Light Falls'"
  • March 5 – "By Playing Silly Games"

–Pastor Dwight

Join The Crayon Box Team

Andrews University’s Children’s Learning Center, The Crayon Box, is looking for a dedicated, responsible, loving and creative individual to join our staff to teach and care for our Pre-K (4 year old) children. Must meet Michigan LARA requirements for Lead Caregiver. Must be available to work 9:00-3:00 Monday - Thursday. This position is temporary with the possibility leading to full time employment. Background check, finger printing, TB test and additional job related trainings required.  Job requires much physical activity and a high energy level and accuracy and efficiency is required

The applicant:
Must be at least 18 years of age with high school diploma. Must meet LARA requirements for lead caregiver: a bachelor's degree or higher in early childhood education, child development, or a child-related field, associate’s degree or higher in early childhood education or child development or high school diploma with coursework in child-related field and experience. Must love children. Must have a warm and friendly personality with sensitivity to the feelings and needs of both children and adults. Must display a willingness to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with the center's philosophy and mission. Must be a Seventh-day Adventist in good and regular standing.

Apply online: https://www.andrews.edu/admres/jobs/show/staff_hourly

Where You Can Serve

Pioneer Memorial Church is a place where serving others is its reason for being. There is a healing power in serving others. In the next few weeks, you will hear of opportunities to serve and heal. Respond to the call on your mind and heart. Serve as God leads you. Heal as God heals you.

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