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Twelve Days Presentation

Twelve Days of Christmas 

Twelve Days Christmas Presentation
Twelve Days Christmas Presentation

All Are Welcome to Join Our Missional Community in the Presentation of Twelve Days of Christmas which May Surprise You the First Time You Experience this Activity which Walks Us from Christmas Day through Epiphany.
Hint: One item Discussed is a well-known Christmas Season song!

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus along with the Spirit of Peace Missional Community.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas begins on the traditional celebrated calendar day of our Lord Jesus Christ’s birth, December 25th, and follows through to the Celebration of Epiphany on January 6th, where we find the acknowledgment by the Magi, Three Kings, that Jesus Christ is the Savior, Son of God.
There is a lot that happens in the Liturgical Calendar in this period of time.
Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus and our Spirit of Peace Missional Community invite you to follow along and share the experiences on the journey with us!

Twelve Days Christmas
Twelve Days Christmas

Historical context:
There is a popular historical notion researched by Canadian hymnologist, Hugh D. McKellar, found in his article, “How to Decode the Twelve Days of Christmas.” His research suggests that “The Twelve Days of Christmas” lyrics were intended as a catechism song to help young Catholics learn their faith, at a time when practising Catholicism was criminalised in England (1558 until 1829). https://www.liveabout.com/does-the-twelve-days-of-christmas-have-a-hidden-meaning-3299065

Our classic twelve days song is theorized to have a fundamental relationship to the religious based twelve days of Christmas in the following manner:
Partridge in a Pear Tree – Jesus Christ;
Two Turtle Doves – The Old and New Testaments;
Three French Hens – The three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity;
Four Calling Birds – Four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John;
Five Golden Rings – First five books of the Old Testament;
Six Geese-a-Laying – Six days of creation before God’s rest on the seventh day;
Seven Swans-a-Swimming – Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit;
Eight Maids-a-Milking – Eight Beatitudes;
Nine Ladies Dancing – Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit;
Ten Lords-a-Leaping – Ten Commandments;
Eleven Pipers Piping – Eleven faithful disciples;
Twelve Drummers Drumming – Twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

Twelve Days of Christmas
Financial Analysis
We may all know the Twelve Days of Christmas Song. Ever wonder what investment of resources it might take to arrange an experience like this today?
Cost: All these gifts would cost a pretty penny.
Every year since 1984, a group of economists at PNC Wealth Management have figured out how much it would cost to actually buy all the things on the “Twelve Days of Christmas” list. The so-called Christmas Price Index indicates inflation and the increasing costs of certain goods. This year, for instance, if you were really going to buy everything on that list—which includes hiring drummers and dancers (per performance) and milking maids (per hour), and, presumably, a group of men who are willing to leap for pay—it would run you $114,651.17. Compare that to 1990, when you could get away with the whole shooting match for a cool $15,231.70. At today’s prices, a performance of twelve drummers drumming would set you back an average of $2,854.50, while seven swans will run you a whopping $7,000. http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=32015

Twelve Days of Christmas Song
Performed by Children Who Love to Sing
https://youtu.be/oyEyMjdD2uk

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus along with the Spirit of Peace Missional Community.

Christmas Spirit

Spirit of Peace Missional Community Invites All Interested People of All Ages to Celebrate a Joyful Merry Christmas this Year!

The Spirit Missional Community Engages in many Focused Spiritual Religious Christmas Spirit Activities throughout the Christmas Season.

Two of These Activities Are Faith Hope Love Joy Peace and Twelve Days of Christmas.

Merry Christmas! Spirit Missional Community
Merry Christmas! Spirit Missional Community

All Are Welcome to Join Our Missional Community in the Presentation of Faith Hope Love Joy Peace FHLJP which discusses and assists in preparing for the Grand Celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ.

All Are Welcome to Join Our Missional Community in the Presentation of Twelve Days of Christmas which May Surprise You the First Time You Experience this Activity which Walks Us from Christmas Day through Epiphany. Hint: One item Discussed is a well-known Christmas Season song!

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus and the Spirit of Peace Missional Community.

Tree lighting

Spirit of Peace Supports the Community Tree Lighting event!

Spirit of Peace served the community freshly prepared homemade ham sandwiches with artisan ham and homemade whole wheat or white bread along with a choice of variety of donut holes for a dessert.

Everyone received a Merry Christmas invitation along with their choice of sandwich.

Merry Christmas! Spirit Missional Community
Merry Christmas! Spirit Missional Community

We are pleased to share our freshly prepared health and wellness resources with the community.

We appreciate the compliments on the well prepared dinner.

All Are Welcome! Community Tree Lighting
All Are Welcome! Community Tree Lighting

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus and the Spirit of Peace Missional Community.

Community Church Service

Valley Days Community Church Service

All Are Welcome!

Valley Days Community Church Service
Valley Days Community Church Service

Sunday August 25th 10:00 am

During “rescheduled” Valley Days Car Show Registration

Light Meal and Fellowship about 11:00 or so following the Service.

Valley Vets Memorial Park 227 N Spruce St, Valley, NE

Contact: Pastors Michael & Cathy Hanus, SpiritofPeace.us minister@spiritofpeace.us 402-541-7019

Peace and Joy!

Rocket Design Build Launch

All Are Welcome!

Join us for: Rocket Design Build Launch! Check out your Rocket performance! Enjoy some smaller scale ballistic missile science!

Light lunch for all interested visitors complete with an ice cream dessert, until food items are consumed.

Rocket Design Build Launch
Rocket Design Build Launch

Valley Days Saturday Afternoon in the City Park.

August 10th 1:00 – 4:00

400 W Vass St. City Park, Valley NE between the pool, baseball diamond and tennis courts.

We look forward to visiting with you! Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus, Spirit of Peace.

Sovereign Intervention

Sovereign Intervention in Our Lives

God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. Exodus 2:25. 

Barbara grew up under the care of the British government in the 1960s, but when she turned sixteen, she and her newborn son, Simon, became homeless. The state was no longer obligated to provide for her at that age. Barbara wrote to the Queen of England for help and received a response! The Queen compassionately arranged for Barbara to be given a house of her own.

The Queen of England had the right resources to help Barbara, and her compassionate assistance can be seen as a small picture of God’s help. The King of heaven knows all of our needs and sovereignly works out His plans in our lives. As He does, however, He longs for us to come to Him, sharing our needs and other concerns, as part of our loving relationship with Him.

The Israelites brought their need for deliverance to God. They were suffering under the burden of Egyptian slavery and cried out for help. He heard them and remembered His promise: “God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.” Exodus 2:25. He instructed Moses to bring liberty to His people and declared that He would once again release them “into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:8. 

Our King loves it when we come to Him! He wisely provides what we need, not necessarily what we want. Let us rest in His sovereign, loving provision. – Ruth O’Reilly-Smith. Daily Bread. 

Discussion: 

Why is it important for us to bring our needs to God in prayer? 

Focus 

Connect with God 

How can you learn to rest in God’s provision, whatever that may be?

Acceptance 

Peace 

Serenity 

Serenity Prayer 

Serenity Prayer
Serenity Prayer

Reinhold Niebuhr (1934). 

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen. 

Sovereign  Burning Lights 

Chris Tomlin (2013). 

Sovereign

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God, thank You that I can bring my needs to You. Help me to be content in whatever paths and provisions You choose. Amen. 

May Your Spiritual Connectivity with Our Sovereign Lord Bring You Serenity and Acceptance.
Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus

Bat House Fun

Free Bat House Build Fun

Bat House Fun

Bats are God’s creatures sent to us in order to assist in maintaining a safe environment with fewer disease carrying mosquitoes. One bat feeds on many mosquitoes in one night. During our waking daylight hours, bats need a restful, comfortable, safe home for rest and relaxation. We will Design, Build and Launch this Project!

Bat House
Bat House

Please Join Us! All Are Welcome!

Bat House Build

Light Meal, Engaging Fellowship!

Saturday, June 29th, 11 am – 1 pm or so

Spirit Mini-Park 105 N Spruce St. Valley, NE 68064

GPS Coordinates: (41.3127693,-96.3459044).

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus

SpiritofPeace.us 402-541-7019

RSVP Appreciated for Supplies Estimations

Spirit appreciates its volunteers

Spirit of Peace loves its volunteers! The caring spirit and abundant energy that it’s volunteers bring to an activity is priceless!

We Love Our Volunteers
We Love Our Volunteers

This activity brought us many people from the community to offer healthy prepared food and snacks to, engage in activities with, and distribute gifts to.

One Arts and Crafts activity we enjoyed was painting honeybee hive bodies.

Honeybee hive
Honeybee hive

The honeybee pollinators will surely enjoy their brightly colored homes in the hive this year! 

Peace and Joy to the Community! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus, Spirit of Peace