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CCC Family,

We are going through many things.  Among us, hardship exists.

It happens seasonally, sure, “its that time of the year.”  It happens congregationally, sure, more relationships means more mess.  It happens on dark rainy Tuesdays, sure, more dreariness produces weariness.  It happens with our sanctification, sure, more awareness of God’s changing us the more we see our sin and rebellion and need of turning.  Hardship is real.

In truth, sometimes in ministry I have seen IT (the heavy) come in waves.   As our elders/deacons have been meeting with and praying with many of you, as I exchange calls or texts with you and am informed of trials of physical body, of sleeplessness, of relationships, of vocation… ad nauseam… this feels to be “a wave.”  Surely some of you are experiencing grace and respite from trial… thanks be to God!  Yet, many of you are burdened deeply from a myriad of pains.

People of God, I implore you, today … right now – look to Jesus.  PERIOD.   Pray for eyes to see, for groans of the Holy Spirit to help you hope/wait for him to return and fully restore that which we can already taste and yet not fully see.  In our hearts.  In our homes.  In our marriages and parenting.  In our finances.  In our relationships.  In our day-jobs.  Will you consider that the incarnation of God in Jesus has objectively secured the necessary role of Intercessor for you as a sinner before God, to be saved by grace through faith “for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Though [we] do not see him now, we believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory”(1 Peter 1.5,9)!  Jesus, our very present, moment-by-moment, sympathizing, effective-Intercessor before God… HE became us, he suffered our sin, he conquered sin and it’s just curse of death, he ascended to glory … and NOW before he returns HE PRESENTLY INTERCEDES for you and me before our gentle Father-King regarding his work to finish all things associated with our sin in this place!  All our pain, our trial, our sin, our groaning!   OH!!! He does not intercede by mere emotional pleading with the Father.  No, that would mean God is not truly just and righteous as the Ruler of all creation, as though God needs to be “convinced” by his Son to love sinners and be nice.  No!!  Jesus does not emotionally plead for you before God.  Rather, he – RIGHT NOW – OBJECTIVELY pleads to God by conveying that all of the things that the Godhead eternally agreed to accomplish for our rescue, HAVE BEEN DONE!  IT IS FINISHED! Our righteousness, fulfilled.  Our curse, paid.  Our due-wrath, satisfied.  Our sin’s power, vanquished.  “Father, it is done for them as we agreed.  I have fulfilled it.”  This is your intercessor!  With JOY we ought to look to Jesus and celebrate his incarnation and intercession, especially when waves of trial descend upon us.

He has come, he has finished, and we await his return and fulfillment!

People of God, LOOK TO JESUS in joyous waiting!

I thank God for AJ who will preach this Lord’s Day, the 3rd Sunday of Advent, from Isaiah 35.1-10 on JOY in Jesus in the WAITING.

AJ, show us Jesus!

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;

The desert shall rejoice and blossom…

They [and we] shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees,

Say to those who have an anxious heart, Be strong; fear not!  (Isaiah 35.1-4)

I encourage you to read in preparation, and to groan in anticipation.

Pastor Jim.

CCC Christmas Party & Concert – This Sunday! Dec. 15

Mark your calendars! The Christ Community Church Christmas Party will be held this Sunday, December 15th @5:30pm. This year Clinton Ross and our music team will be putting on a Christmas concert following dinner!  Please bring a heavy hors d’oeuvres to share; Desserts will be provided.

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, please do so HERE!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – December 24th

Join us for a beautiful candlelight service with Christmas Carols and Scripture Reading. The servicewill be an hour long, beginning at 5:30pm. We encourage you to bring the whole family and join us in the wonderful celebration of our Savior’s birth!

January 12, Congregational Meeting, 10:20 -10:40am (between services)

Members and regular attendees, the Session is calling a congregational meeting on Sunday, January 12, to receive the Budget approved by the Session and Diaconate for FY2020 and to share broad ministry goals for 2020.

Community Groups

Community Groups gather weekly to pursue maturity in Christ together as we spend time in fellowship, discuss & study God’s Word, and pray with and for one another. We invite you to be involved in our of our Community Groups as we intentionally develop Biblical community.  View groups HERE.

Discipleship Groups

Discipleship Groups meet regularly (often every other week) as a group of 3-5 men or women to interpret life together according to Scripture. Members minister to one another as we learn to live and believe God’s Word. We hope to launch a few more of these this month. If you’re interested in finding a few other men or women to be in a discipleship relationship with, contact AJ Babel (babelaj@gmail.com).

MEN

Men’s Bible Study, Wednesdays, 7am
Currently on break until January 2020!

Regular Men’s Lunches (Johnson City and Kingsport)
Men, join us for lunch on the 1st (Johnson City) or 3rd (Kingsport) Thursday each month for planned times of conversation and connection.  Join us at one or both gathering, pending your schedule.  We will meet 11:45-1pm and rotate restaurants.  Update your calendar for this recurring event and keep your ear to the ground for locations prior to the date.  NEXT gathering – Thursday, December 19th in Kingsport @ Stir Fry @ 11:45.  For more details and to RSVP – contact Ryan Gordon at ryangordon@me.com.

If you would like to learn more about Community Groups or Discipleship relationships, contact AJ
Babel, Minister of Discipleship (423-612-0123, babelaj@gmail.com).
If you desire prayer or personal/marital shepherding, please contact Rev. Bill Leuzinger, Minister of Shepherding (276-696-4692, leuzinger.bill@gmail.com).


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Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

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