Welcome to Riverlawn Presbyterian Church, where we strive to: purge ourselves of pride by focusing on and glorifying God, teach the truth through fellowship & discipleship, demonstrate a life of love through service to others, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those in need.
JOIN US SUNDAY
Services at 8:45 & 11:00
Sunday School at 10:00
Wednesday Family Night
Dinner at 5:30
Menu: Meatloaf - Mashed Potatoes - Green Beans - Dessert
Activities for children ages pre-school thru middle school 6:15-7:30. We will be beginning our Gingerbread House competition and other holiday fun.
Adult Study will look at the meaning of Advent.
Join us for an evening of fellowship, food & activities.
Contact the church office for additional information.
Sunday, December 15 6:30
THE MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS
RIverlawn Choir will present special Christmas anthems accompanied by a string quartet.
Reception to follow the program.
A WORD FROM OUR PASTOR
You have probably never heard of the island of Molokai. It’s located in the state of Hawaii. You have to go way back to the late 1800’s to understand its significance. Back then, there was no cure for the highly contagious and deadly disease of leprosy – a disease that would attack the extremities of the body, the ears, the toes, the nose, the fingers. A horrible disease which today is curable; but it wasn’t back then. In order to keep it from spreading and creating an epidemic, the government would send lepers to a colony on the island of Molokai where they would be secluded and isolated from those who were not infected.
In 1873, there was a young, brave Catholic priest named Father Damien who volunteered to spend his life serving the people secluded on the island of Molokai. When he arrived, he was startled to see people who were not only suffering physically, but socially, emotionally, and spiritually. In the leper colony he saw extreme drunkenness, immorality, abuse, and an overall sense of hopelessness. What he saw were people who desperately needed to know the answer to a question we all ask … Where is God? They needed God’s presence in their life.
And so, Father Damien lived among the 700 lepers – knowing the dangers, realizing the inevitable result of so much personal contact with a highly contagious disease. He built hospitals, clinics, and churches and built some 600 coffins. And the whole while he was giving them the answer to that question … Where is God? Whenever a church service was held, he would stand up in front of the lepers, and he would warmly and lovingly address them as "my dear brethren." Then one morning in 1885, at the age of 45, in a calm clear voice, instead of "my dear brethren," he began with, "My fellow lepers, I am one of you now."
You see it was out of love that a humble priest became one of them. Out of love, he gave those lepers a gift that would change their life for all of eternity. He shared with them the answer to the ever present question … "Where is God?" And the only way he could give them the answer is by becoming one of them.
God has stooped lower by far than any man could stoop, to bear what never a human heart would dream of bearing, to give Oneself with an abandon of unselfishness that leaves us staring in slack-jawed wonder. His love is a hugeness beyond all human reckoning. That’s the wonder of Christmas. That’s the wonder of Christ. May this be our focus this season and always.
A Blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas to you all,