Dear friends of Holy Trinity Chico –

Blessings to you during this second week of Advent!

Last Sunday, we looked at John 13:21-26—the account of the Apostle John reclining on the chest of Jesus at the last supper—as a metaphor for living the Christian life. As we stay close to him, listening to his voice, enjoying his presence, doing his will, we are best prepared to live our lives the way they were meant to be lived. If you missed the message, you can check out the sermon outline and slides here and the recording here.

The theme for this Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, is “telling,” and we will read the account of the shepherds in Luke 2:1-21, who heard the good news of Jesus’ birth, went to see for themselves the Christ child, then told others about what they had experienced. Their response suggests ways we, too, can tell others about Jesus. If you are unable to attend the service in person, please tune in at 9am using this Zoom link.

The passcode is: 0404. We will also record the service, so you can watch the recording after it is posted the following week.

Be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming Christmas Eve service: 4pm on Friday, December 24. This will be a special family centered celebration of the Nativity with creative worship, music and the Christmas story, ending with a candlelight singing of “Silent Night.”

If you are looking for a bible study where you can connect relationally and grow spiritually, we’d love to have you join us on Tuesday nights from 7-8pm at the church building. We pray, fellowship and study John’s Gospel. This week, we are studying John 19. We also have Zoom setup for those unable to meet in person. Please use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82177078238

Danielle Penne will be starting another women’s bible study starting January 3 and continuing for seven weeks (skipping Feb 14) until Feb 21. The study will be on Gideon’s courageous stand against a stronger enemy. Priscilla Shirer does the teaching via DVD. Runs 6:45 to 8:15. Sign up on the table in the lobby. For a one-minute teaser, click here.

We also have a prayer group that meets on Fridays at noon to pray for our nation, state, city and church and would love for you to join us! We are asking the Lord to expose evil, frustrate the plans of bad actors, raise up his church is strong, vocal faith and restore righteousness, integrity and love in our land. Join us at the church building from 12-1pm. All are welcome.

Thanks so much for your continued prayers for those in our body who face health issues, losses, financial difficulties and other challenges. Please be in prayer particularly for the Rogers’ family (Don Sr.’s homegoing), Larry Ruby (recovery from heart procedure), Lorraine Freeman, Lynn Mount’s mom (apparent stroke), Greg Pietz (recovery from hip surgery), Danielle Penne (healing for her leg), Sharon Anderson (long COVID), Keri Oliva (cancer), Kaylinn Hignell (cancer), Laine Dahlberg (premature baby), Nola Taylor (hospice care), Barbara Trimmer (medical issues), James Johnson (cancer).

With Advent joy –

Tom