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A Hospitable God Week 1 Begins on November 27

Read: Galatians 4:4-6. Making Room

Read the passage slowly and prayerfully. Note in your journal any phrase, which stands out to you. Listen with the “ear of your heart” to the Spirit’s lead. What phrase, sentence or even one word speaks to you? Repeat that phrase, allowing it to settle deeply in your heart, savoring it.
 

Reflect

Consider what being an adopted son or daughter means for your sense of welcome into God’s fold. How might you order your life differently if you believe this is your rightful heritage? What difference might it make in your enjoyment of the privilege of intimate conversation with God and his Spirit? You are a child and an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. Is there room in your heart and life to live as an heir? How might your inheritance make room for the life of the world? Consider what this suggests about the hospitality of God.
 

Respond and Rest

Let an attitude of quiet receptiveness permeate your response in prayer. Simply “be with” God’s presence as you open yourself to a deeper hearing of the Word of God. If you feel drawn back to the Scriptures, follow the lead of the Spirit. Rest in the peace of knowing you have been invited into God’s family.
 

Light the Candle

Record any light you received as you reflected on this week’s Scripture.



Join Us for a Celebration of Carols in Tacoma on Dec. 4

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Sing in the Christmas season with chancel choir, youth handbell choir, and orchestra at First Presbyterian Church’s annual community Christmas concert on Sunday, December 4 at 6:00 pm in Tacoma. This year the theme of the concert will be Christmas carols. So if you enjoy singing and listening to carols, you won’t want to miss this special FREE event. Invite your friends and family! Enjoy hearing a choir and soloists present carols, and also the thrilling experience of actually singing carols yourself accompanied by a choir and orchestra in the historic cathedral-like sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. Following the concert will be a reception in Fellowship Hall with cookies and hot cider.
 
In addition to classic carols like “Joy to the World,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” the concert will feature several of the beloved carols of Alfred Burt, including “Some Children See Him,” “The Star Carol,” and “Caroling, Caroling.” It will also include such audience favorites as “Silver Bells,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” You won’t want to miss this FREE concert and sing-a-long.


Christmas Events 2016

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Are you seeking something more this Christmas season? A place to call home? Love and acceptance? New hope? We invite you to join us at First Presbyterian Church this Advent and Christmas Season to celebrate “The Hospitality of God,” as our Senior Pastor Dr. Eric Jacobsen explores each week how God extends the ultimate hospitality to us at Christmas by making room for us as part of His family. Also join us for a series of special Christmas season events that you won’t want to miss:
 

Sunday, December 4 @ 6:00 pm
A Celebration of Carols

Sing in the season with choir, soloists, handbells, and orchestra at our joyous community Christmas concert, followed by hot cider and cookies. Experience the thrill of hearing and singing carols new and old accompanied by an orchestra and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Bring your friends and entire family to this FREE concert!
 

Sunday, December 11 @ 10:30 am
Children’s Christmas Pageant

See Christmas through the eyes of children in our traditional Christmas pageant.
 

Sunday, December 18 @ 9:00 am
Taproot Theatre Christmas Play, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Jesse is returning home from a two-year trip on Christmas Eve. But nothing goes quite as expected in this Christmas comedy about forgiveness, calling and hope. This live play will be presented for FREE on our stage in Fellowship Hall by Taproot Theatre Co. Invite your friends and family!
 

Monday, December 19 @ 12:00 pm
Annual Seniors Christmas Friendship Luncheon

Experience a sumptuous Christmas luncheon in Fellowship Hall in our annual Friendship Luncheon for Seniors.
 
Saturday, December 24 @ 7:00 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
A wondrous night of music, candles, scripture readings, and the story of Christmas—all in our cathedral-like sanctuary and featuring our chancel choir, youth handbell choir, soloists, an instrumental ensemble, and our magnificent pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. A Tacoma-area tradition!
 
Sunday, December 25 @ 10:30 am
Christmas Morning Celebration Service
Experience the joy and privilege to celebrate the joyous meaning of Christmas with your family at First Presbyterian on Christmas morning!


Taproot Play: I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Dec. 18

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Experience a free Christmas play on Sunday, December 18 as the renowned Taproot Theatre Co. presents “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” at 9:15 am in Fellowship Hall. Jesse is returning home from a two-year trip. His parents have planned a surprise party, it’s a perfect snowy Christmas Eve and he can’t wait to see his dog! Then a spontaneous act of kindness leads to a sudden change of plans, and while his parents are left holding the cookies, Jesse befriends a young runaway. Nothing goes quite as expected in this Christmas comedy about forgiveness, calling and hope. Fun for the entire family… and it’s FREE.


Advent Devotionals

We invite you to experience the riches of the Advent Season as we wait prayerfully & expectantly for the birth of our Lord, Emmanuel, God with Us. Follow along with Pastor Eric’s sermon series “The Hospitality of God” each week in a reflection for you to use as a daily devotional.  Ponder our gracious God’s stunning invitation to live out the truth Jesus proclaimed, and what it means to live in the embrace of this gracious hospitality. Pick up your copy of the brochure “A Hospitable God” as a gift of Advent, available this Sunday at the library table in Fellowship Hall after church service.

 



Ladies Fellowship

Tuesday, December 6th 11:00am in Middleton Parlor (All Ladies Invited!)

Begin your Christmas season by attending our Tuesday, December 6th meeting.

You will enjoy listening to a men’s quartet singing Christmas songs and then have an opportunity to sing Christmas songs yourself. After singing you may stay for a delicious lunch at only $6.00. If you are not on the regular calling list, please call a reservation to the church office. 272-3286.

 



A Celebration of Carols

Sing In The Season with Choir and Orchestra

Sunday, December 4th at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary

Enjoy an evening of singing together with the choir and orchestra to celebrate the holiday season.

 



Take Them A Meal

We would like to bless David & Evelyn Brose with meals twice a week on
Sunday, December 4th, 11th & 18th.
 
Go to: takethemameal.com to sign up.
The code is FPC  The password is Brose.
Thank you so much for your gift of hospitality to the Brose family.
 
Meals may be left in the Church Office/South Chapel/South Building kitchen.
Church Office hours: Monday -Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
 

 



Behind the Scenes: The Context Associated With the Week 8 Verses—Printed and Electronic Versions of the Book

These are the last commentaries we will be posting in association with the devotions in the book, Love to Pray; however, stay tuned for the next study we will be undertaking as our “Year of Prayer” continues.
 

Week 8, Day 1 (Oct. 31): James 5:16

This verse follows a section in James 5 where we are instructed to be patient and stand firm when suffering, and the prophets are presented as examples of this practice. James then explains how songs of praise and prayers of faith will get us through tough times. Verse 16 actually begins by saying, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed,” and ends with today’s devotional quote.
 

Week 8, Day 2 (Nov. 1): John 14:12-14

Much has been written in commentaries and theological texts related to chapters 13 and 14, where Jesus tells the disciples that his death is imminent, but he is not leaving them alone; he will be with them at all times carrying out God’s work. It is good to keep in mind that John also reports in verse 6 of this chapter that Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” “What Jesus is cannot be separated from what He does,” notes the Zondervan commentary.
 

Week 8, Day 3 (Nov. 2): Ephesians 6:18

Verses 10 to 20 describe the heavenly warfare for which God prepares us by providing his believers with armor. Each item in this suit is presented, assuring us that we have all the components necessary for resisting the enemy’s influence on our lives. Prayer, however, becomes the communication channel in this allegory, linking us directly to God through the Holy Spirit and communion of the saints.
 

Week 8, Day 4 (Nov. 3): Luke 22:31-32

These verses are included in the same chapter where Luke recounts the Last Supper, and they clearly address Christ’s prediction that Peter would deny him three times on that very night. Although there is not sufficient space available in this blog to dig more deeply into the comparative descriptions of the Last Supper in the gospels, there is much to be gained by consulting an online commentary and doing so. There will be no definitive answers to the questions that are raised, but the considerations raised are likely to bring new meaning to understanding this event and its long-term ramifications to the Christian church.
 

Week 8, Day 5 (Nov. 4): Revelation 8:3-5

These verses relate to the breaking of the seventh seal in Johns description of his vision. This is the moment of divine judgment, led be the seven archangels standing in the presence of God. There are numerous connections between this sign and passages reported by the prophets in the Old Testament, as well as other sections of the New Testament.



Consecration Sunday THIS Sunday

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Just a reminder that you are invited to our Consecration Sunday celebration THIS Sunday at 10:30 am. During worship, we will hear special choral music for Thanksgiving throughout the service, arranged by our own Minister of Worship, Daniel Perrin. Dr. Perrin’s service of hymns and songs for Thanksgiving was published by a national music publisher and has been sung throughout the United States. In addition, we will be presenting our Commitment Cards during a special time at the end of the service. And don’t forget to bring items for Love, Inc. Personal Care Pantry as an offering during the service (they are in need of toothpaste, toothbrushes, travel size shampoo/conditioner, band-aids, antibiotic ointments, new socks, undergarments, etc.) Finally, after the service, stay for our celebration lunch in Fellowship Hall. You don’t need to bring anything. Lunch is on us! It’s our thank you for your love and support throughout the year.



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