First United Methodist Church Of Bay Minette, Alabama
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Friday E-News from Pastor Marty

Friday, November 8 , 2019  

FUMC Family and Friends
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King
Peace on earth, and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful, all ye nations, rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With th' angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark, the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King.
One of the best things about the Christmas season is of course the music. From Silent Night to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the sounds of Christmas fill our hearts with joy, hope, peace, and love. My favorite Christmas song is Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, written by Charles Wesley.
Charles Wesley wrote more than 8000 hymns. That would be a lot for anyone, but it is amazing when you consider he lived in the 1700s and wrote without the benefit of typewriters or computers or the Internet. Besides being a famous hymn writer, he was also the brother of John Wesley. God used the labors of these two men to bring a vast spiritual awakening to England and America, and to bring forth the Wesleyan movement that emphasized practical Christianity, personal discipline, and warmhearted love for God.
When Charles Wesley wrote this carol in 1739, he had no idea it would become famous. He first named it “Hark, how all the welkin ring,” welkin being an archaic English term for the heavens. When George Whitefield published it in 1753, he changed the first line to read, “Hark! The herald angels sing,” and so it has remained that way ever since.
Charles Wesley’s hymn offers us a good survey of theology. It mentions many of the names and titles of Christ: King, Lord, Prince of Peace, Sun of Righteousness, Everlasting Lord, Desire of Nations, Incarnate Deity, and Emmanuel. After the first stanza’s call to praise “the new-born King,” the following stanzas celebrate the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, the resurrection of the body, and the truth of the new birth. Two phrases in particular deserve comment: “Mild he lays his glory by” refers to Christ’s willingness to lay aside the glory of heaven to take on human nature and become one of us. “Late in time behold him come” reminds us of Hebrews 1:2 where we are told “in these last days” God has spoken to us through his Son.
For more than 250 years Christians around the world have been blessed by this Christmas carol that reminds us of God’s great gift to us. I invite you to ponder these words so rich in biblical truth.
Take a look at these ways to connect in the life of our church:
  • The church office will be closed, Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
  • Guild Meeting, Thursday, November 14th, 2:00 pm, room #104.
  • WNS
All are invited to supper on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:15pm, but we ask that you please make your reservation by signing the pew pad on Sunday or contacting the church office. Each meal is $5, but we want to ensure we have an accurate head count for our cooking team so that we neither run out of food or over-prepare. Thank you for your help by making a reservation.
November 13th – Grilled Marinated Pork Tenderloin, Wild Rice Pilaf, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Southern Green Beans, Rolls and Pecan Crunch!
November 20th – Baked Potato Bar, Fruit Salad and Lemon Bars!
There will be two (2) opportunities for you to join a small group Bible study for Advent. The four (4) week study is titled:
  • Because of Bethlehem: Love is Born, Hope is Here by Max Lucado.  The cost of a study book is $15.00.
*Lesson 1 begins Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6:15 p.m. taught by Robin Rhodes and Roy McBryar in Room #104.
*Lesson 1 also begins Thursday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. taught by Katrina Zarr Wright at Gail Stein's home. 
Please go by the church office to pick up your study book.
Would you and your family like to share your blessings at Christmas by providing food to a family in need while preparing for the celebration of our Savior’s Birth? Instructions are in the pew pads. Purchase 25 listed food items, place in a box and bring to church on or before Sunday, December 15th.
Hope to see you on Sunday!