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Adoration of the Magi-Rembrandt
January 9, 2016

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only [Son], who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
John 1.14 (TNIV)

"The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish."
John 1.14 (The Message)

     As we gather as God's worshiping community tomorrow morning, we will hear again from the beginning of John's gospel. We will focus particularly on the conclusion and climax of the prologue to his gospel (John 1.14-18), hearing once again the great good news of Christmas - that "the Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood." I encourage you to read and reflect on John 1.1-18 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.
     We will also celebrate together the feast of the Lord's Supper as a conclusion of our potluck lunch tomorrow prior to the congregational meeting. I encourage you to prepare in heart and mind for this joyful communion with our Lord and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

     The painting at the top of the page is a detail from "The Adoration of the Magi" by Rembrandt. The painting reminds us, as it contrasts the grandeur of the magi and lowliness of the infant Jesus in a barn, that we behold "the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" most fully in the flesh-and-blood reality of the incarnation.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

potluckWinter Congregational Meeting:
     We will hold our winter congregational meeting tomorrow (Sunday, January 10) directly after the service. We will gather upstairs for a potluck lunch, to celebrate the feast of the Lord's Supper, and to hear some of the stories of God's work in and through Valley Church at the congregational meeting.

Climate Conversation: Kenya:
     For millions of subsistence farmers in Kenya, climate change is not a political debate. It is a reality in which adaptation can mean the difference between life and death. The Climate Conversation: Kenya video series is a chance to move past the white noise and to get up close and personal with the issues of climate change and environmental stewardship. It is a chance to meet people, not statistics; to hear stories, not arguments. It is an invitation to a conversation. We will begin the four week series on January 17. Please talk to Pastor Kurt or Terry Woodnorth if you are interested in participating. You can watch the trailer to the video series here.

snow snovel Snow Shoveling:
     If you would like to take a turn in the rotating schedule to shovel the walks at the church building, please talk to Jim Conrad.


~ Valley Church ~
Gathered as God's family, we are sent into the world as agents of God's mission of renewal.

Sunday Mornings:
Coffee: 9:15 a.m.
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We give thanks for continued good news for Ann de Jager; several scan results came back negative and her doctors remain confident that she will not need chemotherapy. We also pray for peace for Ann and George as Ann prepares for her surgery, which is scheduled for Monday morning.
     We pray for Doug and Pat Aukema and the whole immediate and extended family of Charlie Kuperus as they mourn his passing.
     We continue to pray for healing, peace, perseverance, and patience for Holly Nelson, and energy and strength for the whole Nelson family.
     We pray for those sick with the cold and flu and other seasonal illnesses in our congregation.
     We pray for strength and energy for the Kids' Night Out volunteers tonight, and for the kids and parents who will be participating.
     We pray for the shalom of the greater Binghamton area, and for guidance as to specific ways we as individuals and as a church might partner with God as stewards of his reign to cultivate that shalom in the city of our exile.
     We pray for God's world: for the refugees fleeing violence around the globe and for governments as they respond to the crises; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world; for ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East, that the hearts and minds of the people living there, and that whole cultures, would begin to bend toward peace, and that God's church would continue to proclaim and embody the good news of God's reign boldly there.
     We pray for friends and family: we pray for healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; for healing and freedom from pain for Adam Derzanovich; we pray for those battling cancer: for Jim and Marsha Conrad's friend Judy, for Marcus Doller's friend Scott, for Tilly Huizinga's client at Catholic Charities, for the DeYoungs' niece/cousin Terri; for the Petersons' friend Pat; for Lor's cousin's wife, Kelly.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
January 10, 2016:

Greeter: Terry Woodnorth

Ushers: George de Jager and Herleen DeYoung

Intercessory Prayer: Leslie Vermaat

Scripture Reader: Lor Recker-Woodnorth

Nursery: Florence Doller

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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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