Tuesday, December 4, 2018

"A Great Light"

          Many years ago in a small nation that was composed of a once nomadic people, a voice rang out declaring hope and good news.  This people who walked in spiritual and emotional darkness were promised that they would experience a great light.

            The message was spoken in the name and authority of the Sovereign God of all creation, the one God, Lord and Shepherd of Israel.  The glory of these marvelous words echoed and resounded among the people, “For to us a child is to be born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called ‘Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’”
            Through this promise of a messianic King, hope was offered to all who heard.  They were encouraged that God’s grace and mercy would come upon them.  They were strengthened to face and endure their struggle, knowing that God had not abandoned them.   
            Years and centuries passed, and the generations held on to God’s promise of the light of salvation that would free them and all humanity from the darkness.  Finally in an obscure village in a backward part of the evolving Roman Empire, a child was born.  The young mother had been told by a divine messenger that the baby within her womb was to be called Jesus, Yeshua, Savior.  Furthermore, the messenger declared, “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and His kingdom will be everlasting.”
            The promised holy child was finally a reality.  However, this child of God’s Light was born into the world in a lowly manger, hidden in the bowels of an obscure village.  The only announcement of the birth was heralded to a band of shepherds watching over their sheep on a hillside outside the small village.  Little other notice was taken of the child until two years later upon the arrival of wise men from the East seeking out the “new born king of the Jews.”
            The ruling king of the region took notice only of the information shared with him by the wise men, because he was eager not to lose his control and status to some young competitor.  He failed to recognize the possibilities of God’s promise fulfilled in his kingdom. With lack of insight, the king decreed that all male children two years old or under would be slaughtered.  Because of their lack of notoriety the young mother, her husband, and the child were able to quietly slip out from the village and flee their homeland and the imminent disaster. 
            Once the king died the family was eventually able to make their return to their home.  In the next years the child grew and was raised as a carpenter’s son, by His mother’s husband.  Nearly thirty years, old, He started to preach encouraging His people to humble themselves before God.  He only traveled within the three years of his ministry to a few towns and villages proclaiming God’s message of redemption.  What little notoriety He received caused the powers of the state to turn against Him, sentencing Him to death as a threat to the religious and political systems.  God’s fulfilled promise of Light was seemingly extinguished by the fearful who condemned Him to a shameful execution.  The Light ridiculed and rejected, now dead and buried.
            As we enter into this time of year where we celebrate God’s promise fulfilled in the child born in the manager, let us remember that the story does not end with the birth nor with the death of this anointed One.  Today the world of six billion people is still affected by this simple, yet, complex figure who entered time almost unnoticed.  The story has not diminished in its power.  The message still carries with it hope and excitement.  For to us and all of humanity, God’s promise has been fulfilled.  A child was born who brought within Him the Light of God’s salvation to our world of darkness.  Through His death we are redeemed.  Furthermore, through the mystery and glory of His resurrection from the dead, and His ascension into heaven, we are assured of God’s power and grace. 
            Rejoice, for God has shown His faithfulness and steadfast love by giving us a true reason to celebrate.  The great Light has come and is still shinning in our world!
In the Love of Jesus the Messiah, God’s fulfilled promise,

Seeking a Place to Worship

You are already a part of a geographical community, a neighborhood or town. But are you are part of a group of people who sincerely care for one another, support each other in difficult times, and celebrate the joys of life? At Glen Leven Presbyterian Church we think a true community does all that and more. We strive to be a place where everyone is accepted and feels a sense of belonging. We seek to grow in our relationship with God and with one another, experiencing the fullness of life. We are building a community of faith that has a place for you. Come and discover your place at Glen Leven.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Weekly Schedule

9:30 am Small Groups

11:00 am Worship of the Lord

4:30 pm Bible Study (Alpha Group)

9:30 am Glen Leven Presbyterian Church Day School Chapel

10:00 am Church Staff Meeting

9:00 am Prayer Time in the Sanctuary

11:30 am Bible Study (Omega Group)

7:15 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How to Find Us

3906 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204
Telephone Number: (615) 298-5549
Fax Number: (615) 298-5540

Those coming from the South of Nashville should take I-65 N to exit 78 (TN-255/HARDING PLACE exit). Turn left onto HARDING PLACE (heading West). Turn right onto FRANKLIN PIKE (heading North 1.30 miles). Glen Leven Presbyterian Church is on the right (3906 FRANKLIN PIKE).

Those coming from the North of Nashville should take I-65 S to exit number 81 (WEDGEWOOD AVENUE exit). Turn right onto WEDGEWOOD AVENUE (heading West). Turn left onto 8th AVENUE S TN-6/US-31 (heading South 1.61 miles). Glen Leven Presbyterian Church is on the left (3906 FRANKLIN PIKE).

Our Mission Statement

A Loving Community Called Together by God
to be a People of Faith, Prayer, Nurture, and Outreach

God has gathered us at Glen Leven to worship Him and joyfully celebrate the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In faithfulness to God’s initiative, we seek to create and maintain a Christian environment that promotes and provides:

A praying community of faith, encouraging one another through prayer.
(Ephesians 6:18)

Ongoing Christian education through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and study of the Word of God;
(Deuteronomy 6:6-9 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

A nurturing, loving, and healing environment; and
(Mark 12:30-31)

Continuous outreach to glorify God in our local, national, and global communities.
(Isaiah 61:1-3 and Matthew 28:18-20)

We recognize Jesus Christ as head of the church and take seriously our loving responsibilities as His followers. We welcome all to come together with us to proclaim the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ; to worship God and study God’s Word; to share our lives in Christian service through the guidance of the Holy Spirit; and to glorify God through our actions and our love.


Wedding Policy

Glen Leven Presbyterian Church conducts wedding services for Glen Leven Church members and, at the discretion of the Pastor, active participants in our congregation who are non-members of our church.

Weddings at Glen Leven are officiated by our Pastor. Pastors who are not serving Glen Leven may assist in the service when invited to do so by our Pastor. The wedding service is an act of worship and is designed to reflect the joy and beauty of covenant love, and praise and adoration of God. You will work with the officiating Pastor to design the service drawing from resources of the Presbyterian and other Judeo-Christian traditions.

Before we can make a firm commitment to perform your marriage at Glen Leven Presbyterian Church, you must meet with the Pastor for Pre-marriage Counseling. The Pastor will lead you to explore all the facets of your relationship, helping you to affirm your strengths and identify areas in which you need to grow. The Pre-marriage Counseling sessions are three, two hour meetings. You should plan to have the first session at least two months prior to the proposed wedding date.

The Pastor will also work with you regarding such logistical details as decorations, candles, and dressing facilities. At both the rehearsal and during the wedding ceremony the Pastor will oversee the details of the processional, placement of persons in the chancel during the wedding service, and the recessional.

Music is to be selected in consultation with the officiating Pastor and the church organist at least three weeks before the wedding. The music will be Christian and classical tradition, designed to evoke joyful worship and praise. Our organist will play 30 minutes of music prior to the wedding, the processional and recessional music, and if desired hymns or other special music during the service. If Glen Leven's organist is not available for the wedding, a substitute organist will be selected by the organist and Glen Leven's Minister of Music. If you wish to have a guest organist, the Glen Leven organist must give prior approval. Please note that this will require a written request, and that the guest organist's credentials must be specified, demonstrating that the guest organist can play a complex pipe organ. You will be responsible for paying the guest organist's fees.

To maintain the dignity of this occaision, please keep all decorations simple and in harmony with the architecture of the church. You or your wedding party are responsible for all decorations except for the candles at the front of the sanctuary. Please consult the Pastor about decorations, including floral arrangements. Please do not use tape or tacks as these damage the pews. We discourage the use of aisle runners, which we feel are unsafe and a nuisance to properly use.

Though your photographer or videographer may take pictures using available light at any time, we do not permit flash photographs or artificially lighted videos at any time during the worship itself (after the processional and before the recessional). Photos or videos made using available light should not intrude during the service. Videographers should coordinate vidcam use with the Pastor.

Please do not throw confetti, birdseed, or rice on Church property because of clean up problems. Your guest may want to ring bells, blow bubbles, etc.

No alcohol is permitted at any time on the property of Glen Leven Presbyterian Church or within the facilities of Glen Leven Presbyterian Church.