The Churches of Suffolk again are offering a Lenten opportunity to worship together at 12 noon each Wednesday in Lent. Following the 30 minute worship service, you are invited to stay for a complimentary soup and sandwich lunch.
St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 213 North Main St.
The Very Rev. Dr. Keith Emerson, Rector
Preacher: Bishop Carlton R. Upton, Sr.; Pastor; Tabernacle Christian Church
Partner: The Rev. Dr. Madelene Flood Beard; Pastor, Galatians United Church of Christ
Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2635 E. Washington St.
The Rev. Dr. Anthony Copeland, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev. Julie Anna Sterling; Pastor, Suffolk Presbyterian Church
Partner: Bishop Clarence V. Russell, III; Pastor, St. Paul’s Baptist Church
Magnolia United Methodist Church, 1764 Wilroy Rd.
The Rev. Sheena Ann Laine, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Wayne D. Faison; Pastor, East End Baptist Church
Tabernacle Baptist Outreach Center, 3621 Nansemond Parkway
The Rev. Trevon D. Boone, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev. Mary Ann Biggs; Pastor, Oakland Christion United Church of Christ
Main Street United Methodist Church, 202 North Main St.
The Rev. Rich Meiser, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev. Cordell Carter; Pastor, Higher Ground Outreach Center
Metropolitan Baptist Church, 125 County Ct.
The Rev. Dr. Robert L. Hobbs, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev Dr. Dave Meadors; Pastor, Holy Neck Christian Church
by Rev. Julie Sterling
As I sit down to write this article today, the Christmas season is in its final stretch. The office is at a state of organized disorganization. The final tweaks are being put on the Christmas Eve service bulletin and articles are trickling in for the Bridge. With all the busyness of this week, it finally sinks in that the New Year is just a few weeks away. Boy, this year has gone by fast!
As I glance at my morning devotions, I wonder what blessings will 2020 bring us? What challenges meet our congregation long after budgets have been set and plans made? Whatever meets us in 2020 we know that we are not alone in this and God has a plan.
The Revised Common Lectionary gives us a wonderful gift for January 1st. The Epistle reading comes from Revelation and gives us a hopeful start to the year.
1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” 5And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”
Friends, as I think of the coming year I am excited about the possibilities for this church. Our church leadership is working together on transformational training to help our church revitalize in the coming year. The Matthew 25 Initiative will also help us consider new ways to minister to “the least of these” in our community and consider our relevance to our neighbors. I know that there will be changes but there are always changes with growth. I do believe that God has a hand in all of this, transforming us the church of his desire. As God promises a new heaven and new earth, let us work together to make the best of this world here and now. Remember, all we have and all we are belong to God. Let your hope be a guide for the New Year so other can witness to a future life with God. Blessings to each and every one in the New Year. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for 2020!
Blessings, Rev. Julie Sterling
Help us celebrate God’s love during this Advent and Christmas season. WE welcome you to join us for the following events:
Dec. 15. – 11 am. Children’s Christmas Program (during worship)
Dec. 15 – 5 pm. Christmas Caroling and Pizza. Meet at SPC and carvan to Lake Prince Woods and other chut ins. Return to Spc for pizza and fellowship.
Dec. 22 – 11 am Worship – Choir Christmas Music and Reception.
Dec. 22 – 5 pm. Community Caroling on the Lawn. Caroling and light refreshment to follow. A wonderful family and community event. Lend your voice for carols and dress up for the the life size creche.
Dec. 24 – 7 pm. Christmas Eve Candelight Communion Service.
Dec. 29. 11 am. Children’s Christmas Musical (during worship).