Sovereign Grace Fellowship
“a family church rejoicing in the grace of God”
9:25 Announcements and Prayer
(Please enter the sanctuary quietly during prayer time.)
9:40 Believer’s Worship
Scripture Reading and Message – Mike Foss
“The Messiah in Matthew”
11:00 Fellowship Time
~12:15 Fellowship Lunch
This Week’s Events:
Nursery: Tracy Ventura
Please notify the nursery worker, when dropping off your child, if he/she has any food allergies.
Wednesday: Bible Study and Youth Groups 7:00 p.m.
Church Cleaning for 12/21: Suzan Sullivan
Next Week’s Nursery: Christine Foss
Welcome, Rachel Collins! Rachel Collins, a missionary to Haiti will be joining us during the Sunday School hour on December 8th. She will present the mission field and challenges currently in the Haiti. Please join us on this day.
Sunday evening, December 15th at 5:30 p.m. is our annual Christmas Service and Ornament Exchange!! If you would like to do special music, please see Henry Turgeon. Please see Sharon Shorey as to what you are planning to bring for food – either Christmas dessert or appetizer. Please bring a brown paper bag with an ornament to exchange. Yes, we will have ugly sweater contest. Everyone is invited to join in the fun by making and wearing an ugly sweater. All ages are invited to participate. We will have fun prizes for the most creative, truly ugly, and most adorable sweaters!The next Soup Kitchen will be Saturday, December 21st at 4:30 p.m. Steve Shorey will be speaking. The sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
As you know, for the past several years you have generously provided gifts for the residents of SYC in Northfield. Mike is on the Board and I work with the Administrator to get the names/gift wish list, collect the gifts, and deliver them to Spaulding.
Last year, they didn’t do the usual Christmas breakfast with Santa passing out the gifts. Our family has attended this event for several years on Christmas morning. The caregivers found that it was very difficult to get the kids to leave their cottages to go to the breakfast. They have decided to stop this tradition for the time being.
While we will not have specific children to buy for, we are hoping to collect hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and warm socks for the residents. The residents range in age from infant to 21. Please remember that all of the residents have developmental disabilities and some have been removed from very abusive situations. They are truly grateful for anything they receive.
I will leave a decorated box near the tree. If you would like to participate, please put your items in that box. I will bring the box to SYC by the 21st.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
On January 5th during lunch time, the elders will be holding a meeting to discuss advertising and marketing ideas for SGF. We are looking for anyone that is willing to present some of their ideas, and further follow through with the potential implementation, to please attend. Over the past few months we have heard from many of you, with ideas that would help to reach and present Christ to the community. Nothing is off the table at this time, so please be creative and join us on the 5th. If you would like to attend, please let Mike Foss know.
The Annual 2020 SGF Business Meeting will be held on Saturday Morning, January 18th @ 9am. More details, budget update and agenda to follow.
We continue to collect protein items (canned tuna, salmon or chicken, peanut butter, hash, hearty meat-based soup, chili) for the Boscawen Food Pantry. Please place items donated in the basket in the hall.
“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.”
We may understand this to refer to justification. “They shall walk in white;” that is, they shall enjoy a constant sense of their own justification by faith; they shall understand that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to them, that they have all been washed and made whiter than the newly-fallen snow.
Again, it refers to joy and gladness: for white robes were holiday dresses among the Jews. They who have not defiled their garments shall have their faces always bright; they shall understand what Solomon meant when he said “Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart. Let thy garments be always white, for God hath accepted thy works.” He who is accepted of God shall wear white garments of joy and gladness, while he walks in sweet communion with the Lord Jesus. Whence so many doubts, so much misery, and mourning? It is because so many believers defile their garments with sin and error, and hence they lose the joy of their salvation, and the comfortable fellowship of the Lord Jesus, they do not here below walk in white.
The promise also refers to walking in white before the throne of God. Those who have not defiled their garments here shall most certainly walk in white up yonder, where the white-robed hosts sing perpetual hallelujahs to the Most High. They shall possess joys inconceivable, happiness beyond a dream, bliss which imagination knoweth not, blessedness which even the stretch of desire hath not reached. The “undefiled in the way” shall have all this–not of merit, nor of works, but of grace. They shall walk with Christ in white, for he has made them “worthy.” In his sweet company they shall drink of the living fountains of waters.