The Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Hamlin serves as the Pastor of the 126-
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Dr. Hamlin’s Reflection for Sunday,Dec. 8, 2013
“Christmas is fast approaching. And now that Christ has aroused our seasonal expectations,
he'll soon fulfill them all!”
St. Augustine, Sermon 51
Like most of you, I have always been a lover of Christmas. I love the fall/winter months. I love the spirit emanating from people. I love the smell of a glowing fireplace and fresh pine needles and rosemary. I love the smell of apple pies baking and a good swig of apple cider laced in cinnamon or my version of Russian Tea. I love the music of Christmas!
So much music has been produced around this one event, this special time of the
year. I enjoy listening to the Morehouse-
I do not enjoy putting up decorations, but I do enjoy looking at all of them, especially the very nice ones. Many people go out the way with their decorating skills and abilities. Homes are transformed to winter wonderlands. Malls and stores become more inviting with hopes that you will buy something and we usually do as Christmas music is being heard in the background.
I enjoy participating in all the worship services during Advent that lead us to
Christmas. I enjoy the plays and remember as a child performing at Mt. Olive Baptist
Church. I remember toys designated for my cousins being stored at our home (in hiding
of course) and our toys being stored at the homes of our cousins. We always found
them and discussed with each other and put two-
I enjoy seeing the excitement on the faces of our children. I remember Karter’s first Christmas in our home and the first gift he opened. His mouth opened wide in excitement and joy. I look forward to see Peyton’s little fingers tearing into Christmas wrappings in a few days.
All these things describe Christmas. Then again, they really do not. Christmas is that strange night that Mary and Joseph realized that something miraculous was about to happen. After being made as comfortable as possible, she gave birth to a son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. That’s Christmas. Christmas is Jesus Christ and Christ is Christmas! Amen.
Bible Study 12 noon
Youth Choir 9:00 am
3rd Sunday of Advent
Quiet Time 9:15 a.m.
Sunday School 9:25 a.m.
Worship 10:50 a.m.
Christmas Basket Give-
Teacher Prep -
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