Welcome to our new blog. Please be patient with me as I begin something new. I hope to share some information with you about opportunities for fellowship and worship in our congregation. I also hope to share some words to encourage you and give you strength in your everyday lives.

On December 3 We begin celebrating the Advent Season, which is a time to rejoice together in the promise of Christ’s birth and God choosing to dwell among us. I marvel at God’s willingness to live in our world and understand what it means to be human and to deal with the challenges of life. One of our Advent hymns reminds us, “O come, o come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel …” Emmanuel literally means “God with us”. God is with us in the challenges and struggles of daily life. And this wonderful promise gives us reason to rejoice in God’s love and comfort!

Here is the schedule of Worship services for Advent and Christmas. Please join us and worship with us.

Advent / Christmas Worship Schedule

  1. Advent Dinners on Dec. 6, 13 & 20 at 6:00 PM
  2. Advent Worship on Dec. 6, 13 & 20 at 7:00 PM
  3. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Sunday Morning Worship at 9:30 AM
  4. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 4:00 PM & 9:00

On a more reflective note …  We have seen in recent months an increase of violence and senseless shootings of innocent people. Many of us may have asked the question why? And what can we do to feel safe and secure? It is a very real and honest question and thought.

Mary and Joseph also may have asked similar questions as they thought about bringing a new baby into the world. The world at that time was also a frightening place, and the Jews lived in constant threat of Roman violence and oppression. Once again, I am amazed at God’s willingness to send his beloved baby, the Lord Jesus Christ, into such a world!

On Christmas Eve we will read from Isaiah 9:2, “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.” God’s answer to the question of why is there such violence in the world is to send the light of Jesus Christ. Light is stronger than darkness, and love always conquers hate and violence.

I invite you to join with us this Advent and Christmas, as we join together to share the light of Jesus Christ in Worship and fellowship.

 

Pastor Joel