Thank you to EVERYONE who helped with one or more of our Christmas Eve services! We had over 250 people worship with us at one of our four services, and it was an AMAZING time of worship and celebration that would not have been possible without the many people involved. From musicians to greeters to ushers to communion servers to cookie makers to clean up crew and so much more…thank you! I heard from many of our first time guests who worshiped with us and they shared how meaningful and wonderful the worship experience was for them, and it made me even more proud that I get to be your pastor. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
While our culture tells us that Christmas ended on December 25, the celebration is just beginning. In the church calendar, Christmas begins on December 25 and extends through Epiphany (January 6). It is a time we celebrate the presence of God with us. But that celebration should also carry through the entire year. What if we lived every day with the spirit of Christmas? What if our lives were radically changed because of the presence of God with us? What if Christmas was just the beginning?
This Sunday, we will conclude our No Ordinary Christmasseries as we look at the wise men and the transformation they experienced when they encountered Christ. It is my prayer today and every day that we might have that same experience when we meet Jesus!
Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year, and I look forward to being with you this Sunday in worship this Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00!
With Joy and Celebration,
P.S. Are you already thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions? I would like to challenge you to make spiritual growth a priority this next year. No matter where you are in your faith journey, all of us have a next step to take. What is your next step? Maybe it’s getting involved in a Sunday School class or small group…or finding a place to serve others in the church or in the community…or making a priority to be with us in worship at least 2-3 times each month. My goal for 2019 is to improve in the discipline of prayer and daily scripture reading. If you would like to talk more about exploring your next step, let me know and I would be happy to work with you. Blessings!