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December 14, 2011

Come, Lord Jesus, Come

Star Messiah a John Stuart original
"Star Messiah" by Jon Stuart

This Advent season finds me weary and oh, so in need of a Savior! It has been a year of pouring out and I am empty and filled with longing...just the right position to be in to receive and welcome the coming Savior.

No one expected the Messiah would come as a baby. They were looking for a King. They expected a leader who would overthrow the rule of Rome and bring peace and prosperity. Yet, He came, not in power, not with an army, but quietly, unseen, hidden in the womb of a peasant girl named Mary.

Why did he do that-humble himself, come unseen?

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Baby cribA Modern Christmas Story...

A cell phone, a facebook post, technology is helping Presbyterians Pro-Life mobilize ministry to women and babies.
It came, not "upon a midnight clear" but it was the early dark of winter and I was anxious to be on my way home. It was not "that glorious song of old" but the ringing of the telephone that changed my plans. I'd like to think there were "angels bending near the earth" and "goodwill to men" (or in this case a woman and a baby) that played out across 2,400 miles. It was one of those wholly undeserved, yet holy moments when you find yourself smack dab in the middle of what God is doing in someone's life.

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Looking for a last minute
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Consider giving Pregnant With Promise, a Bible Study that will bring blessing and spiritual growth to those you love.

A study of God's character as revealed by the stories of pregnant women in the Bible, the lessons in this study lead to a deeper understanding of our God, who keeps his promises and loves us unconditionally. Order online or call us at 412-487-1990. Read the table of contents or download sample chapter. A $10 donation per copy is suggested.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is January 22nd SOHLS Flyer

Each year Presbyterians Pro-Life offers resources for churches to aid in celebrating life on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Visit our website for bulletin inserts, liturgy suggestions, children's and adult sermons, Sunday School ideas and more. If you would like to receive a copy ready original of our bulletin insert you may download it from our website or call the PPL office (412-487-1990) to have one mailed to you.

Coming Soon: A New PPL Website!

Very soon PPL will be unveiling a brand new website! We' are putting on a fresh face, but all our rich resources for affirming life will be there and even easier to find. Visit our webpage often in the coming days and be the first to let us know what you think of our new look!

In This Issue
Come, Lord Jesus, Come
A Modern Christmas Story
Last minute gift ideas
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
New PPL Website
Year End Giving
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December 11-17

Read Isaiah 9:1-7

Pray and give thanks for God's plan of salvation, for Jesus our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

Pray that God will raise new workers and new financial support to further the work of PPL in upholding life from fertilization to natural death.

December 18-24

Read Luke 1:46-56

Pray and rejoice in Mary's faithfulness and obedience as the mother of our Lord.

Pray for the women this week who will learn they are pregnant; that they will be filled with joy and

anticipation for the life they carry.

December 25-31

Luke 1:67-2:21

Pray and give thanks for our sovereign God, Lord of history, and the One whose purposes find their fulfillment in His Son.

Pray that as we remember that God sent his Son, Jesus Christ to enter humanity as a weak and helpless embryo, we will not forget that unborn babies need our nurture and protection.

May the Christ who came so long ago fill your heart with the wonder and joy of his coming, Emmanuel, God with us!

Yours in Christ, for life

Marie Bowen

Executive Director

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