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Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church news

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 6:00 pm
By: By P. Durwood Worley

The Psalmist David declared, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord” (Ps. 122:1).  All who gathered for Sunday services at Hopewell the third Sunday in Advent concurred his sentiment even though we came together with broken hearts because of the horrific action of a mentally deranged gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on Friday morning of last week.

Gary Gardner opened our assembly with prayer and read Romans 12:3-8 for the devotional scripture reading. Our lesson was about “Unity in the Body of Christ.” Tom McCutchen was our class leader. The congregation sang three Christmas carols led by Lonnie Hazlewood. Roetta McCutchen was our pianist.

In the morning worship hour, the pastor read aloud the name of the twenty children and six adults killed in the tragic massacre in Connecticut and prayer of made. For special music, Bro. Worley sang “I’m Glad I Know Who Jesus Is,” while playing guitar and accompanied by Larry Morgan at the piano. Larry then sang, “What Child is This?” while playing his classic acoustic guitar.

The pastor read Matthew 2:1-18. His homily was titled, “A Royal Birth, and A Dastardly Deed.” The same spirit of wickedness that possessed King Herod, the great killer of innocent children, evidently is still active in the world today. The scripture revealed three prevalent attitudes toward Christmas, “Hostility, exhibited by Herod; Indifference – displayed by the religious Scribes of the Law; Acts of Worship – practiced by the Magi.”

 Bro. Worley, widowed Aug. 8, 2010 following 49 years of happy marriage to the late Elizabeth Ann (Brown) Worley, announced that he is to be wed to Maria Salas Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hopewell. It is to be a simple wedding with no frills. Rev. Franklin Gardner will officiate. The women of the church have planned a reception following in the fellowship hall. Bro. Worley extends an invitation to all his friends.

Sunday evening, Darrel and Shirley Gardner hosted our annual Christmas dinner and party. We all enjoyed a great meal. Hilda Smith-Elliot read the “Christmas Story” from the Gospel according to Luke. Then, everyone enjoyed a gift exchange via the “Dirty Santa” method. 

In closing, the congregation at Hopewell is praying that everyone will have a Merry Christmas this year, in spite of Satan’s attempts to prevent it.