The adult Sunday school class studied the wise men whose mission was to worship the King of Kings.
The Sunday morning worship began with three congregational songs led by Jesse Paxton. The offering was collected by ushers John Dale and Earnest Murray. Phyllis Arnold and Pete Johnson gave testimonies. Then Judy Murray gave an expressive Christmas reading. Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr. gave the fourth sermon in the series “The Emotions of Christmas.” His message was “The Peace of Christmas” from Isaiah 9:6-7, “For unto a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth Peace, good will toward men.” (1) peace of Creator and creature – sin brings the struggle: Savior brings salvation. (2) Peace of conscience vs. condemnation – conscience is condemned by rebellion; conscience is cleared by repentance. (3) Peace of Christ and community – the desire of Christmas (peace in the condo, in the church and in the country); the design of Christmas (nature and nations at peace.) (4) Peace of celestial and cosmos – the peace of Christmas extended (increase); and peace of Christmas eternal (no end). You can have the peace of Christmas settled in your heart, started in your home, and secured in your here-after. The Prince of Peace can still bring His peace to the impossible.
Delbert Murray, the church chairman, presented a Christmas gift to the Pastor and his wife. Then everyone received Christmas treats (fruit and candy) as they left the sanctuary at the close of the morning service.
At 5 p.m. Sunday, more than 20 persons from the Mt. Zion Church of God (holiness) met at Ava Place to sing Christmas carols. Then they went to the Heart of the Ozarks, then to the home of Delbert and Orilla Murray, and to the home of Don, Herman and Bettie Eagleston. The carolers included Pastor Bob and Sister Cinda Thompson, Mary and Bob Thompson, Sr., Elijah Young, Jesse and Cheryl Paxton, Alex and Dana Fourman, Sheena Mahan, Phyllis Arnold, Linda Ferguson, Brian Haynes, James and Debbie Cox, John and Beckie Dale, Lyndra and Blake Cantrell, Dennis and Barbara Uhles (with her accordian). They then met the rest of the congregation at 7 p.m. for a fellowship supper at Cardwell Cafeteria.
The mid-week service was changed to Tuesday night to accommodate families who had other plans for Christmas Eve on Wednesday.