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Christmas 2014: Worship Services, Ministries & Lectionary

Christmas 2014: Here’s everything you need to know about celebrating the season with Gentle Spirit Christian Church. (Click here for this year’s Advent bible study and devotionals.)

Worship Services

  • Christmas Eve 6pm Service: We will join First Christian Church of Decatur in their main sanctuary to celebrate the eve of Christ’s birth. All are welcome.
  • Christmas Eve 11pm Service: We will lead the second Christmas Eve service at First Christian Church of Decatur in their main sanctuary to celebrate the eve of Christ’s birth. All are welcome.

Tree & Wreath Sale
SOLD OUT! Every year starting the day after Thanksgiving, there are quality trees and homemade wreaths for sale on the First Christian Church of Decatur lawn. Proceeds benefit church and community missions in the City of Decatur, including the Toy Park and shared ministries with Gentle Spirit Christian Church. This year’s supply of trees and wreaths are gone, so we’ll see you next year!

Teddy Bear Ministry
Every year we collect teddy bears and stuffed animals during the Advent season and distribute them to patients in local hospitals and hospitals to spread Christmas cheer and let them know they’re not alone. Click here for details on how to participate.

The Live Tithe
If you’re cleaning out your attic, closets or storage after Christmas, you can put unused items that are in good condition to work supporting the ministry of Gentle Spirit Christian Church via our Live Tithe, which allows you to convert gently used (or never-used) items into support for GSCC’s ministry and claim a tax deduction. Click here for details.

Advent 2014 Lectionary

Feast DaySaint(s) / Martyr(s)
January 5Saint Apollinaria/Dorotheos
January 9Saints Polyeuctus and Nearchus, martyrs
January 12Saint Aelred of Rievaulx, abbot
January 20Saint Sebastian, martyr
February 11Saint Euphrosyne/Smaragdus
February 12Saint Mary/Marinos of Alexandria
March 7Saints Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs
March 10Saint Anastasia the Patrician of Alexandria
March 15Saint Longinus the Centurion
April 20Saint Hildegonde of Neuss
April 21Saint Anselm of Canterbury, Archbishop
April 23Saint George the Dragon Slayer
May 8Julian of Norwich, mystic
May 20Alcuin of Tours
May 30Saint Joan of Arc
June 22Saint Paulinus of Nola, bishop
June 29Saint Paul the Apostle
July 17Saint Marina/os of Antioch (a.k.a. Margaret the Virgin)
July 20Saint Marina/Marinos of Sicily
July 20Saint Wilgefortis
July 21Daniel the Prophet
July 21Saints Simeon of Emesa and John
August 11 Cardinal John Henry Newman
August 28 Saint Augustine of Hippo, bishop
September 11Saint Theodora/Theodoros of Alexandria
September 21Saint Edward II, King of England
September 23Saint Thekla of Iconium
October 7 Saints Sergius and Bacchus, martyrs
October 8Saint Pelagia/os the Penitent
October 9Saint Athanasia/Athanasios of Antioch
October 29Saint Anna/Euphemianos of Constantinople
November 1All Saints
November 9Saint Matrona/Babylas of Perge
December 14Saint Venantius Fortunatus, bishop
December 14Saint John of the Cross
December 17The Three Young Men
December 20Ruth and Naomi
December 24Saint Eugenia/Eugenios of Alexandria
December 24Saints Protus and Hyacinth, martyrs
December 27Saint John the Evangelist
December 29David the Prophet and Jonathan, his lover

Office Hours
The Gentle Spirit Christian Church office at First Christian Church of Decatur will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For an appointment with Pastor Paul, just contact the church office.

This Week’s Message

Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Creator in heaven.
(Matthew 5:13-16)

This Week’s Message

Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.
(James 3:17-18)

Why We’ll Never Have a Stewardship Campaign

The gospel passage where the Pharisees try to play a trick on Jesus by asking him if it’s right to pay taxes to Caesar has been used in the context of church stewardship campaigns for years. Here’s why we believe it means the opposite: That tithing is a spiritual discipline that is solely between you and God.

Sermon from October 19, 2014
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Atlanta, Georgia