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A Hospitable God Week 2 Begins on December 4

Read Luke 24:13-32. Breaking Bread

Read the passage slowly and prayerfully. Listen with the “ear of your heart“ to the Spirit’s lead, ready to perceive and receive the gifts of the table. Ponder Jesus’ message about table fellowship.
 

Reflect

How does Jesus’ gradual revelation of himself allow his companions to learn about trusting God’s promises? Later, in the intimacy of fellowship, Jesus is recognized. In Luke’s mind, there is a clear connection between the resurrection meals of Jesus and the celebration of Holy Communion. This setting is no mistake; table fellowship is a Lukan theme. Many of the resurrection appearances are associated with table fellowship (Lk 24:41-43; Acts 1:4; 10:41; Jn 21:9-15). Jesus’ ministry and the acceptance that comes through table fellowship says all are welcome. As Jesus sits at the table, takes the bread, blesses it, breaks it and gives it to them, their eyes are opened. What message is being sown into their souls as a result of the intimacy and the dawning recognition? Why is breaking bread a powerful invitation to draw near and receive the gift of sight? What does Jesus’ participation in the concrete keepings of life suggest about our bodily faith? Why is it an important part of the resurrection appearances?

 

Respond and Rest

In your prayer, rest in Jesus’ welcome to you and his blessing during the breaking of the bread. Consider what message is being sown into your heart.
 

Light the Candle

Record any light you received as you reflected from the week’s Scripture



Sing in the Season at Our Free Christmas Concert!

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Our free community Christmas concert is almost here! Join us this Sunday, Dec. 4 at 6:00 pm for a time of singing and hearing Christmas carols featuring vocal choir, handbells, orchestra, and pipe organ. Plus stay afterward for cookies and hot cider. Invite your friends and bring your entire family!


Christmas Books and DVDs in the FPC Library

Young mother and her two little daughters reading a book by a Christmas tree in cozy living room in winter

Be sure to stop by the FPC Library on Sunday before and after the worship service to check out our Christmas-themed books and DVDs for the entire family. You can also pick up your copy of a free Advent devotional by FPC member Annie Lockwood.


A Celebration of Carols

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.

 



Sunday Service Opportunity

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Come and join the youth Sunday December 4th from 5-6pm 
to assemble “Love Packs” for homeless youth. We have been given an opportunity to serve our community but we need your help! Packs will then be distributed by the Reach Center.

 



Introverts and Extroverts needed!

Introverts and Extroverts needed!
 
Are you outgoing and love to make people feel welcome?  We need more volunteers to join our greeters. 
 
Would you be more comfortable with a “behind the scenes” job?  We need volunteers to fill the pew racks. 
 
Contact Carol Heath and be ready to start in the new year.


A Prayer Story From Olivia Trussler

We should pray for people everywhere—not just our Moms and Dads and closest friends. Let the Lord decide for you. That does not mean you have to sit on the floor and wait for God to tell you, but pray while you do other things. Some examples of this are praying while you are driving, cooking, knitting, listening to the sermon, running, etc. Some things I have prayed for recently are:
  • I prayed for Donald Trump to get grace because the Bible says “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-20) The reason that I mention this verse is because politics are earthly things. Presidents will come and go, but God is forever!!!
  • I prayed for Christians in Syria that they would be saved that they would have a relationship with God, and that they would be safe and the war would end. I prayed this because I know that there are refugees because the guy in charge is killing people, and I prayed they would still put their faith in God.
  • I prayed for my teacher’s toe to heal. I prayed this because she was in great pain. Her toe was so ingrown she had to wear slippers because shoes made it hurt so bad.
  • My pre-school teacher was brought to mind while I was running. All I know is that she is retired and that something is wrong, and the Lord knows.
  • A boy in my class was threatening someone and got suspended for a day. I prayed we would find it in our hearts to forgive him. When he came back, not only did people forgive him, but now he’s a friend, and we’re going to Dairy Queen together.

Now you have heard my story, and I would like you to pray a prayer for someone new.



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!



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