Words From The Pastor . . . December 2013
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.
What are your plans for this holiday season? If you’re like most people, you have a number of traditional activities (parties, family gatherings, Christmas cards, shopping, baking, etc.). Maybe you put up a Christmas tree, lights, and decorations also.
Let me ask you something. Do you find joy in the things you do in the month of December? Is it too much? Might there be something more meaningful for you to experience this year? I encourage you, this year, to reevaluate what you do. Ask, “Is this activity offering love to others and producing joy in me?
The point of this holiday is to celebrate Christ’s birth and to use this time as a way to enter or re-enter into the transforming flow of God’s love. It was for love that Christ entered into our world and for love that we celebrate Christmas.
So keep it simple . . . put relationships ahead of extravagance . . . spend time with someone you don’t normally talk to . . . give of yourself ahead of giving things . . . rest and don’t overdo it.
Would this vision change how you do Christmas? Give it some thought.
And, we really hope you will choose some spiritual nourishment this holiday season. Come to our 10:45 a.m. Sunday services during Advent and on Christmas Eve at 7:00 p.m.
As we come to the end of another year, I want to thank you all for the many ways you have participated in this “body of Christ” during the year. As they say, “The church is the people.” Our level of commitment to be present for each other, to serve God and our community determines our effectiveness. So many of you have given sacrificially of your time and your resources this year.Our Harvest Festival was an important step towards a greater outreach to the community and a builder of our own community as we served together. Let this be a sign of more good times to come!
Blessings to you!