Schedule of remaining 2017 Services at UBC…..
December 17th – 11am Christmas concert presented
by our Sunday School & Choir
December 24th – 11am Morning Service featuring
child dedications and a special
“The Story” series video,
Music & Message
7pm Annual Candlelight
Christmas Eve Service of
Carols, Readings, etc.
December 31st – 11am New Year’s Eve morning
Service with a special Theme
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or Cell: 902-499-6477
HOPE & PEACE…MORE THAN JUST A CHANCE AWAY:
A Christmas reflection by Pastor David Cumby, Uniacke Baptist Church
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders, and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.” Isaiah 9:6-7a
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.” Luke 2: 13-14
At this time when we celebrate the birth of the Messiah, whom Isaiah prophesied some 500 years previous would come as the Prince of Peace, we often ask why so little of that Peace has been realized in our world? Many of us have heard of Christmas truces that occurred at the front line in both of the World Wars, only to see massive destruction and loss of life resume once the pre-arranged 24 hour truce expired. Those who have studied the history of violent conflicts have determined that, in approximately 5600 years of recorded history, there has been less than 300 years in which there was an absence of war.
Some of you will remember an unusual hit song which reached #8 on the Billboard Pop charts in 1971 called The Desiderata (which was mostly a narration of a 1948 Max Ehrmann poem, by Les Crane, a well-known NY radio announcer & Talk Show host.
Let me quote a portion for you: “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others….Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.”
The song won an unexpected Grammy Award and was so popular it became part of our North American music history and folklore. WHY? – because it focused us on “PEACE” at a time when America was in the midst of the Vietnam War, and the youth hippie, peace and civil rights movements had become major protest forces in society. It gave people hope that humankind could and would still, as John & Yoko Lennon wrote at about the same time, GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”.
But the prophet Isaiah and the angel and heavenly hosts that surrounded the Shepherds that night so long ago, saw it as much more than just a chance of peace. They, and all who acknowledge and trust Christ as Saviour and Lord, contend that with His birth (and subsequent death and resurrection) His Kingdom and reign of peace in the hearts of men and women were indeed inaugurated.
William Barclay, in speaking of the peace Jesus promised (John 14:27) said: “In the Bible the Hebrew and Greek words (used) for peace never simply mean the absence of trouble. Peace means everything that makes for our highest good. The peace which the world offers is the peace of escape – that comes from the avoidance of trouble…..from refusing to face things. The peace which Jesus offers is the peace of (victory), which no experience in life can ever take from us. It is the peace which no sorrow, no danger, no suffering can make less!”
But, did you notice the promise at the beginning of Isaiah 9 verse 7 a: Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end! This comes at the end of the listing of several names and roles of Jesus in v.6. These show His power not only extends to spiritual peace, but every area of life, and that His role and influence will constantly increase. God and Christ are at work behind the scenes in the hearts of men and women everywhere and we can have this solid Hope even when bad news seems to be dominating or triumphing.
Are you acquainted with this faith-filled Hope and Peace that enables you to overcome in the face of earthly disappointments, personal trials and misunderstanding between individuals? If not, you can still embrace the Babe of Bethlehem as your King of Kings and Lord of Lords, for it is He who offers us such a resilient hope and transforming peace!