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Tuesday Worship 4:30 pm
Breathing Under Water
Breathing Under Water by Richard Rohr, 1989; 160 pages. From the publisher:

Richard draws parallels between Christian principles and AA's Twelve Steps, connecting AA's Big Book with the Gospel. This material draws on talks he has given for over twenty years to people in recovery and those close to them, as well as to those who counsel people recovering from or living with an addiction. Richard offers encouragement and inspiration to survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction by learning to "breathe under water."

A friend recommended this book. She, her mom, and her brother read it together when her brother was in treatment for drug  addiction. She said, “It really helped me find compassion for him and recognize my own ‘addictions’.”
Think about “sin” as “addiction,” Richard says. We’re all addicted to something, specifically “stinking thinking”—our compulsive, self-serving way of seeing the world. Richard recommends a daily and lifelong practice of “contemplation,” a deeper form of prayer through which God “downloads a new operating system” into us.

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Thanks be to God,
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith
Faith Question For The Week
But just when he had resolved to break up with Mary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”

Recently, I heard this wisdom: “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.”

This angel of the Lord asked Joseph to make a hard choice. Breaking up with her would be easy in the short term, but harder long term. Sticking with her and her child which was not his? Hard choices, easy life.

Here’s another Advent wake up call. What easy choices are you making? It could be one momentous one, like Joseph was considering. Or it could be a pattern of smaller, day-to-day choices.

Most of the time, when we take the “easy choices, hard life” route we find a way to blame someone else for our hard life. Blame is another easy choice that just makes life harder.

God wants an easy life for you. So look out for angels of the Lord. They may appear to you in a dream, like Joseph’s did, or in some other unlikely fashion. They will ask you to do something hard. Prepare yourself now: you will want to fight the angel, or flee. Consider Joseph, and the life of grace and joy made possible by this hard choice.

Talk to Jesus now about the hard choices you’re facing.

Reminders, News, Events
We need your help with the Community Christmas Dinner this year. We are in need of food donations and volunteers to help with the event. Please sign up to help . Sign up sheets are availble at the the church in the back of the sanctuary. 
This year we will again collect the Music of the Coins in December. Please bring and hear your coins ring up music for ELCA World Hunger. 
Starting in January 2020 our winter bible study for the Women of ELCA will be
"All are Called"
All are welcomed to join this bible study. 
Lydia Group will meet on January 11, 2020 at Jenny's Diner at 9:00 am
Bible Study will follow at 10:00 am at the church. 
Lesson study is being led by Barb Larson
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This weeks events at
St. Paul

Sunday, December 22
4th Sunday of Advent
Worship 9:15 am

Tuesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Worship
4:30 and 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 25
Community Christmas Dinner
12:00-2:00 pm

Sunday, December 29
Worship 9:15 am

December Epistle Click Here
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