This Week’s Reflection
“God is more than a companion and more than a memory. God is the path itself. That is why all our journeys are sacred. The ground over which we travel, whether we realize it or not, is holy ground.” ~T.R. Swears, Weavings (Volume IV, Number 1) 34
We continue on a sacred journey through the seasons of Advent, Christmastide and Epiphany. Our theme, Follow the Star, aligns with these seasons and is a theme that leads us into 2022.
This Sunday, we will follow the star of the magi, the wise ones, who set out to offer homage to the Christ child. This caravan of travelers was a community on a search for discovery. Their journey was a long one, perhaps two years or more. I wonder what they discussed on the journey. I imagine lively conversations around campfires eating the best hummus ever. And I imagine there was some self-doubt with perhaps one of the wise ones asking: “Are we sure we’re really wise?” Perhaps another chimed in: “Are we guided or deluded?”
Whatever the scope of their conversations, they were compelled to journey on. With humility, following a star greater than themselves, they journeyed with longing and expectation. They were courageous enough to make one move after another, trusting that a celebration awaited them. Ultimately, they came to the place where they discovered the child and “They were overjoyed at seeing the star and, upon entering the house, found the child with Mary, his mother. They prostrated themselves and paid homage” (Matthew 2:9-11).
Not only did the wise ones follow the star, in a sense they were stars. Their lives were a kind of shining, sharing the light of generous gifts and the celebratory awe of heartfelt worship. They received the light of guidance, including heeding the warning from a dream to disobey an order to report their discoveries to Herod. Instead, with shining wisdom, “they went back to their own country by another road” (Matthew 2:12).
Join us online this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern for our first worship service of 2022. The service will also be available on demand. We will join the wise ones and “Follow the Star to Celebratory Discovery.” Together, we begin 2022 with a willingness to be led and to be stars reflecting and sharing God’s love.
Grace & Peace
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
MCCDC Senior Pastor
Our church building is closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Our COVID-19 Advisory Team and Board of Directors will re-evaluate community risk after New Year’s.
Older Adult Ministry, 09 Jan 2022 @ 1 PM
Older Adult Ministry will be holding it monthly meeting via Zoom.
Protect yourself against romance, lottery, and sweepstakes scams. These may come via telephone or email and victimize millions of Americans each year. Our Older Adult Ministry will gather via Zoom on Sunday, January 9th at 1:00 p.m. ET. We’ll watch a video from the AARP about financial fraud and confidence schemes.
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Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
Bob Jones & Bob Jones’ son Chuck & wife Karen • Jerry Giem & Jerry Giem’s son, Jason and nephew, Travis • Valeria Myers’ daughter Chantelle & son Donald• Michelle Lax • George Kerr, III • Dr. Veronica Franklin • Celecila Hayden-Smith and Esther Smith health. Rose Williams continue healing• Randy Punley • Lynn Sulyma • •Marcus Garnett • Renee Valentine & Renee Valentine’s brother • Arden Shutt • Delores Fowler • Evelyn Jones • Steve Sloane • Glenn Conrad • Anthony Goode • Jeffrey Luckenbach • Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa • Kim Battle • ABilly Jones-Hennin • Bill Campbell • Mark Kelly • Joshua Benkins’ prayers for health of Father Isaac David Benkins • Elaine Durden-Hunter asks for prayers of healing for her dog, Angel • Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother, •Earline T. Green, •Angela Terrell,• Maria Hill •Marvin White’s step mother passed of COVID19• Tim Helm • Micheal Washington
“Church Ministries & Events”
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Your’re invited to consider sharing your spiritual gifts by making a Scripture Reading Video or sharing a Video Testimony on what MCCDC means to you.
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Moving Spirit Dance Ministry
Come dance for God! No experience needed. Email Cathy Batson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Check out past performances on our YouTube channel, including “I Can Only Imagine” (April 2019) and “Mighty River”(February 2018).
Singing to God
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Pastoral Care Meeting
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