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2B SUNDAY, DEC. 25,2011 Reli SIDNEY HERALD As 21st Century people we have lived within two very violent centuries in world history. According to Heath White, 21st century people, "...have viewed how Euro- pean colonization led to the destruction and uprooting of native cultures and the abuse of African, South American and Asian people groups. In the United States our neighbor saw the brutal oppression of minorities through the bondage of slavery, segregation and the like. In Germany they watched in horror the mass genocide, the holocaust, of 6 million Jews. In the Soviet Union, China and Cambo- dia they have also observed countless murders due to The Christmas truth gives freedom religious and political beliefs. At the heart of each of these historical immoral ac- tions stands corrupt WOldS authorities manipulating the masses Pastor Matt ~chard and hiding behind their own justifying statements of manmade absolute truth. These corrupt authorities say, 'We have a responsibili- ty to enlighten the backward ethnic groups. It is wrong to mix races. The Germans ought to dominate Europe; the Jews must be abolished because they stand in the way We are pressing on to- wards a great economic and social utopia.'" And the litany could go on and on. It is no wonder that our neighbor may hesitate when claims of absolute truth are made. It is my belief that one of the reasons people reject absolute truth is be- cause of past corruption of truth that positioned people for power, control and abuse. Our neighbor may scream, "I won't agree with state- ments of absolute certainty that justified, rationalized and sanctioned the kind of evil of the last two centu- ries!" So, as Christians this Christmas, what should be our position on abso- lute truth and how do we respond to the past two centuries? How do we gift our neighbor this Christmas Season? The answer is in the message of Christmas itself, the person of Jesus. In John 8:32, Jesus says, "...then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." The truth, which is connected with Jesus, is freedom! In others words, Pharisees so that they might be free. He spoke tender truths to the prodigals so that they might be free. Christ did not use absolute truth to position Himself in a place of power so that he might be served by human- ity rather; He humbly came to serve humanity with the truth. (Mark 10:45) As Christians we don't have to use absolute truth to position ourselves for power and control either. We have absolute truth is for the pur, been freed by Christ and pose of freeing people from their self-imposed bondage of sin, the fear of death and eternal judgment. Christ always spoke the truth in love for the purpose of love. He spoke hard truths to the have every spiritual bless- ing in Christ's sealed love for us. We have been freed to proclaim Christ's truth for our neighbor who has been beaten, bruised, manipulat- ed and bound up by harmful 'man-made' absolute truths. We have the privilege to gift others with the truth this Christmas, which ultimate- ly frees. What a Gift this Christ- masI The absolute truth of Christmas, Jesus Christ, who came humbly in love to a lost and dying world overrun by powers that sought only to rule, use and destroy] Christ is your gift this Christmas. MAll" RICHARD is the senior pastor at Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church. 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Computer Accounting Payroll • Tax Returns 115 2nd St. N.E., Sidney 433-3131 worship service Sunday 11 a.m., Sunday school 9:45 am., Pastor David Aaseng. Fairview Community Presbyte- dan Church, corner 4th and Central, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m. Fairview Alliance Church, 702 Western Ave., 742-5425, Kelly Sloan, pastor, Sunday 11 a.m., Sunday school 9:45 a.m., evening worship 6 p.m. St. Catherine's Catholic Church, mission church, 309 West 7th, 742-5293, Fr. Jim O'Neil, Mass 8 a.m., preschool- 8th grade religion education classes Sunday at 9 a.m.; senior high religion educa- tion classes Wednesday at 7p.m. St. John Lutheran Church, 310 Ellery Ave., 742-5332. Sunday Adult Bible Study 7:30 a.m., Sunday worship 8:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday each month, Pastor David Warner. Zion Lutheran Church, 309 S. Central, phone 742-5523. Sunday wor- ship 9 a.m.,Sunday school 10:15 a.m., adult Sunday school 10:30 a.m., Bible breakfast study Tuesday 6:30 p.m., LWR Sewing: Tuesday 9 am., monthly high school youth meeting. Lambert Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 774- 3368, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Morning worship 10:45 a.m., Evening ser- vice 6:30 p.m., Wednes- day Bible study & prayers 7 p.m.; Pastor, Gary Fix First Lutheran Church, Sunday worship service and Sunday school at 5:30 p.m. St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Mass schedule, 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 4 p,m.; 1st & 3rd Sunday, 11:30 a.m,; 5th Sunday, 10 a.m.; mission church of St. Matthew's, Sidney, 482-1068, Fr. Jim O'Neil Richey Worship services Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church Sidney Christmas Bells Are Ringing! We invite you to receive The Gift of Christmas... ...Is Coming Christmas Day Service, 11 a.m. Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church 1100 Madison Lane, Sidney - 433-2209 www.mylightonthehill.org American Lutheran Church ELCA, worship 9 am., Sunday school 10 a,m., Pastor David Aaseng. Christian Missionary Alliance, Reverend Paul Sponheim, Worsphip Ser- vice 10:30 am., Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church, 406-485-3520, Richey, Mont., Sunday 4:30 p.m. eucharistic service. United Methodist church, worship service 8:30 a.m., Pastor Vicki Waddington. Savage First Congregational Church, UCC 102 2nd Ave. S., 776-2403, or office 433-3707. Sunday morning worship and Sunday school 9 a.m. Communion first Sunday of every month and Holy Days, adult bible study, Thursday 7 p.m., Pastor Nell Lindorff. First Lutheran Church ELCA, 294 4th Ave. S., 776-2218. Sunday school 9:45-10:45 a.m., Sunday worship first, third, fourth and fifth Sundays 11 am., second Sundays 8:30 a.m. Pastor Nell Lindorff. St. Michael's Catholic Church, mission church, Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. Ft. Jim O'Neil, mission of St. Matthew's Sidney, 482-1068. Yellowstone Community Church, 173 Mesa, 776- 2236, Sunday school 9:45 am., Worship 10:45 a.m; Pastor, Tim Koffkey Sidney Assembly of God, 414 E. Main, 433-2550, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Sunday worship 10:30 a.m (child care available). Evening Service 6 p.m., Wednes- day Night Services, 6:30 p.m. boys & girls pro- grams, Hanger Youth and Adult Prayer Meeting 7 p.m., Check our web-site www.sidneyag.net. Bible Baptist Church, 502 S, Central, 482-3706, Pastor Mike Backhaus, Sunday worship, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m,, Sunday school 10 am., Wednes- day Bible study 7 p.m. Break Forth Bible Church, Pastor Pat McWilliams, 478-0509, Worship services Sunday 10:30 a.m. and Wednes- day 7 p.m., held at the Church of God building 814 6th St. NE (the truck route) Carpenter's Church, corner of Sixth Avenue and 1 lth Street S.E., 482-3028, Sunday school for all ages 9:30 a.m, morning worship 10:30 a.m., evening worship 6 p.m., Wednesday Bible study 6 p.m. Church of Christ, 905 4th St. S.W., 433-3456, Sun- day worship 11 a.m., Bible study 10 am., Wednesday Bible class 6:30 p.m. "A place you are always welcome." Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1215 5th St. S.W., 482- 3250 church office and Family History Center, 482-6273 church building, or 482-6340 Bishop Wil- liam Stevens. Sacrament meeting 10 a.m., Sunday School 11:10 a.m. and Priesthood & Relief Society 12:10 p.m., Church of the Naza- rene, corner of Lincoln and 9th Street S.W., 488- 1956, www.sidneynaz. org., Pastor Elwin Paulson, Sunday: Family Fellow- ship 10 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m., Body Life 6 p.m., Wednesday, Love In Action: Christian Education Night 5:45 p.m Dinner; Age Group Study 6:30 p.m. Ebenezer Congregation. al Church, 118 4th Ave. N.W., 433-2654, Pastor David Meehan, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship service 11 a.m., Monday, 5:45, Men's Bible study and Wednesday, 5:30 Women's Bible study, bus service available call 488- 2654 if you need a ride. Faith Alliance Church, 301 E. Main, 433-1112, Pastor Paul Turek, Sunday school 9:30 am., wor- ship service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday prayer 6 p.m. Fellowship Church, 2181 W Holly, 433-4004; Pas- tor Jordan Hall, Sunday service at 10:45 am. Sun- day school at 9:45 a.m., Wednesday Bible study and prayer 7 p.m., www. pastor jordan.blogspot.com Jehovah's Witness, 2301 3rd St. N.W., Sunday public meeting 10 a.m., Watchtower Study 10:50 a,m. Lonsdale United Meth- odist Church, 201 3rd Ave. S.E., 433-3110, Pastor Vicki Waddington, Sunday worship service 11 a.m. Pella Lutheran Church ELCA, 418 West Main (corner of Main Street and Lincoln Avenue), Sunday service, 8 a:m. & 10:30 a.m., (radio broadcast on KTHC-FM-95.1 (9 a.m.), Pastor George Karres & Pastor Charlane Lines, 433-3350, Peoples Congregational Church, UCC 405 10th Ave. S.W., 433-3707, Sunday morning worship 11 a.m, Sunday school 9:45 a.m., Communion first Sunday every month and Holy days, Adult bible ~' "~studies Monday, 1 p:m:,~ : Pasto[.Neil Lindorff ....... i Shepherd of the Val-~ ley Lutheran Church AALC, 211 E. Holly Rd,, Pastor David Huskamp, 433-7479, Sunday wor- ship 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship 10:30 am., Sunday school 11 a.m. Sidney Lutheran Breth- ren Church, 1100 Madison Lane, 433-2209, Sunday School for all ages, 9:45 a.m., Sunday Holy Grounds Coffee Fellowship, 9:30 a.m. and Sunday worship service 11 a.m; Wednesday Family Nights, Supper 5:45 p.m., Confirmation (grades 6-8) 6 p.m., Jammin Youth groups (grades 6-12), 6:45 p.m., Kids Club (grades 1-5) 7 p.m., Nurs- ery (newborn-K) 7 p.m., Adult Bible Study 7 p.m., Adult Pastor Matt Richard, Pastor of Youth and Wor- ship Matthew Nelson, www.mylightonthehill.org Sidney Seventh-Day Adventist, 2475 S, Central Ave., Pastor Milton Fish, 480-5643, Sabbath school 9:30 a.m., Saturday worship service 11 a.m. St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 219 7th St. S.E., 433-1068, Fr. Jim O'Neil & rectory office; 433- 2510, Parish Center office, Saturday Mass 5:30 p.m., Sunday Mass 9:30 a.m. The Church of God, Pastor Jim Harmon, 488-2836, Bible Study, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Worship Service Sabbath, Saturday, 9:30 a.m., 814 6th St, NE (8th Ave. NE & 6th St. hE, on the truck route) http:// www.thechurchdgodsid- ney.org Trinity Lutheran Church. 214 S. Lincoln Ave., 433-2050, Pastor David Warner. Sunday worship 10:15 a.m:, Wednesday Mid-Week Worship, 6:15 p.m., Adult Bible Study 11:30 a.m., Sunday school & Youth Bible Stud), 11:30 a,m, Skaar Grace Lutheran Church ELCA, Skaar, N.D., church office 776-2218, 776-2219, second Sunday 11:30 a.m. at Squaw Gap Community Hall with potluck; fourth Sunday 2:30 p.m. Juli-ana's Giflsl The Giftiest Shoppe In TownI 114 N. Central, Sidney / 406.433.1664 i Insurance Agency "Serving the MonDak Area since 1961' 114 2nd Ave. S.E., Sidney 433-1411 F R O NT R • v i c e Ait °Heating .Refrigeration °Air Conditioning Sales .Service .InstallationI 1991 W. Holly St. Sidney • 488.4657 I ~LOwner: Mitch Shirk LC Commercial, Residential and Remodeling 815 1/2 3rd St. hE, Sidney • 433.2431 msbuilders@midrivers.com Lo,gchng Peop~ Into A C-,r c~w ~ Ro~atk~sht p With Jestm Christ www.sidneyag.com 414 E. Main, Sidney • 433-2550 Shephe d # the Va/Uy Lutheran Ch h ~I~ Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. ~.q~,~V Coffee hour to follow. "~1~! Sunday School 1t a.m. ~e~ 211 E. Holly, Sidney 433-7479 IM Since 1959 / Fairview • 406-742-5549 ;,Si0:e,. 3.2,00 CENTER Lutheran Church Sunday Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Youth Bible Study 9a.m. Adult Bible Study 11:30 a.m. 214 S. L nco n Ave. • 433-2050 Trinity Thrifty _ilWhite JilDrug Open Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pharmacy closed Sundays 402 East Main, Sidney • 482-1420 Olson Plumbing & Heating Residential & Commercial All Abo~t- IF'S ayi~ Goe~b~ lkerson neral Horn 315 2nd St. NW, Sidney • 488-28( w~w.fulk~sons.com Pella Lutheran Churcl %awi~~ Goodbye Funeral Home 315 2nd St. NW, Sidney • 488-2805 Sunday service: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Service & radio broadcast, child care available. 418 West Main., pella@pellachurch.net [ImRO-TIRi ~, Service .Batteries /' Oil changes L / • Transmission flushesl and more 415 2nd St. NW, Sidney 433-8473• 433-TIRE