November 22, 2021

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord! As the Christmas song says, “What we need is a little Christmas.” We sure need Christmas this year. Tensions rise between family members. In our communities differences threaten to divide over several issues. Conflicts are present across the world. Inflation is going up along with the gas prices.

We need to experience the far-reaching joy to the world that the hymn writer speaks about. There is another phrase in the second stanza of that song that speaks about our Lord’s coming to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.

So as our energy is taxed and the merchants advertise their wares, we are invited to experience again the wonder of the season. The good news of the incarnation of Jesus Christ is for us to ponder the whole year. But for the season of Advent which begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas and the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany may we come to adore Him. May that be our intent these next several weeks into January and beyond.

Can you imagine if we took these weeks to slow down instead of speed up, ponder anew instead of purchase? Let’s look for God in the ordinary events of these days and see the beauty that surrounds us as God’s grace covers us. We are invited to worship regularly and faithfully in our holy place whether that be in-person worship or a special place in our home. May that be a place decorated with reminders of Immanuel, God with us. May there be constant reminders of angel surprises from a God who loves us more than we know. May we experience the presence and power of our Lord who came to save our world. May our hearts sing for joy, “O come, let us adore Him.”

We are invited to worship on the following days:

November 28:             8:15 & 10:35 AM

                                 1st Sunday of Advent

December 5:               8:15 & 10:35 AM

                                  2nd Sunday of Advent

December 12:             8:15 & 10:35 AM

                                 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 19:             8:15 & 10:35 AM

                                 4th Sunday of Advent 

            6:00 PM         Children’s Christmas Program with a great message

December 24:            4:30 & 7:30 PM    Christmas Eve Worship with Carols, Candlelight, & Holy Communion

   

Worshipping at the same time while others are worshipping encourages us to inspire one another to love and good deeds to lift up the kingdom.

On a personal note, Gerry and I continue to thank God for you and pray that the wonder and beauty of the season covers you with grace and peace. Have a blessed Christmas!

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Chuck and Gerry