Blue Mountain Charge

Exodus 16:11-15, 31: The LORD spoke to Moses, “I’ve heard the complaints of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat. And in the morning you will have your fill of bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.’”
In the evening a flock of quail flew down and covered the camp. And in the morning there was a layer of dew all around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the desert surface were thin flakes, as thin as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” They didn’t know what it was.
Moses said to them, “This is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.”
The Israelite people called it manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and tasted like honey wafers.

If you have read the insert in your bulletin from early November describing our Advent mission project, you may be wondering “What is a manna bag?” Taking a cue from the scripture above, manna was the Lord’s provision to people at a time of need. As we make and distribute manna bags, we are saying to the Lord that we want to be used by Him to bless someone in need.

Refer to your handout with the list of items needed to fill manna or blessing bags. What other items do you think could give someone a blessing? Bring those items in to church by December 6. On December 13, the bags will be put together, and each person will be encouraged to take one and give to a person in need before Christmas.

Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

One of our goals is to reach persons who do not know the God of hope with the good news of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you are uncomfortable reaching out to a homeless person or a stranger. Then you might instead fill a “blessing bag” to give to a neighbor, co-worker or family member who is not a person of faith. You can give it with the simple words, “I wish you a blessed Christmas.”

On December 13, you will hear more about the “Manna Bags/Blessing Bags” and how you can use this opportunity to be the hands of God in the Christmas season.

Pastor Lisa

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