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December 8, 2017

"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins."
~ Isaiah 40.1-2

     Last week we were reminded what is the true cry of the human heart, guided by the Holy Spirit, in and for this broken world: "Oh, that you would rend the heaves and come down!" This week, though the passage comes from earlier in the book of Isaiah, we hear God's answer to that cry: "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God." Comfort: God is indeed the God who hears our cry, and the God who reminds us through Isaiah that he is indeed coming in power, might, and tenderness -- as the world's King, Judge, and Shepherd. During this season of Advent we actively wait for this God-who-has-come and God-who-is-coming-again, preparing the way for his coming. I encourage you to read and reflect on Isaiah 40.1-11 prior to our time together this Sunday morning.
     We will also celebrate the feast of the Lord's Supper this Sunday. I encourage you to prepare in heart and mind to come to the table with the King and your brothers and sisters in Christ. 

     The artwork at the top of the email was painted by Daniella Doller in response to the reading from Isaiah for the first Sunday in Advent (Isaiah 64.1-9). She will be painting a new painting for each week's passage from Isaiah. The paintings will be at the front of the sanctuary, and you are encouraged to go to the front of the sanctuary and look at them either before or after the service of worship.

nws-056%20Chin%20Christian%20Church_large_all.jpg?itok=2w7RaQdcChin Christian Church in Syracuse Joins the CRC:
     I have reported a number of times on the Chin congregation in Syracuse (with whom I've had the privilege to worship and and for whom I've been able to preach) that has been seeking affiliation with the Christian Reformed Church. There is good news to report! On November 19, they celebrated their official welcome into the CRC with the congregation of East Palmyra CRC. You can read a full article from The Banner here.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Live Nativity:
     Valley's annual live nativity will be on Saturday, December 16. Please mark you calendars and invite your friends, neighbors, extended relatives, and co-workers! Also, please plan to bring cookies to share with guests after the performances!

snow shovelingOpportunity to Serve - Shoveling:
     If you are willing to be part of the weekly rotation of sidewalk shovelers this winter, please contact Mike Corgan. The more people we have volunteer, the less we all have to shovel!


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

This Sunday:

Prayer gathering upstairs at 9:00 a.m.

High School youth gather at 9:15 a.m.

Worship Service
at 10:00 a.m. (preschool - 4th grade dismissed for children's church part way through the service).

That we might better pray for one another and God's world:

     We give thanks for a great KNO this past Saturday, praying that God will continue to work in the lives of kids and parents and continue to strengthen and give energy to our KNO leaders and volunteers.
     We ask for God's peace in the midst of big transitions for Jim and Ruth Giese as they move to Connecticut.
     We give thanks for a successful back surgery for Michael Flynn earlier in the week and for an immediate relief from pain, and ask for continued healing for him.
     We pray for ongoing healing and recovery for  Charlie Huizinga, Rod Whitacre, Marilyn Myers, Peter DeYoung, Claire Krempel, and Ron Crawford.
     We pray for healing and relief from pain and discomfort for Beth Blake, who has been struggling with back issues and sciatica.
     We continue to pray for our world: for those who have been impacted by recent disasters, especially the people of Puerto Rico, Houston, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico City, East Africa, and South Asia.

     We pray for the ongoing needs of friends and family of Valley members: for healing for the Monroes' nephews, Joshua and Jonathan; for peace and comfort for Terry's friend Carol whose husband passed away last week; for continued healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law, Tim (giving thanks for a good week for him last week); for Keirsten's friend's mother, Mrs. Gunderson, who is battling pancreatic cancer; for Garry's friend's sister-in-law who was also diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; for the de Jager's friend, Bill, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer; for Lor's neighbor who continues her cancer treatments; for Becky's friend Joe who is battling colon cancer; for Adam Derzanovich; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
December 10, 2017

Greeter: Judy Zwierzynski

Ushers: Joe Patak and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Ron Crawford

Scripture Reader (Isaiah 40.1-11): Ana Monroe

Nursery: Florence Doller
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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