Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday. You know, there is always something to be thankful for! One of the great blessings that I give thanks for is the season that we are entering and the reason for it! I say with confidence, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season."
God has blessed us with such an amazing gift in our Lord Jesus. We enter Advent, which is a time of preparation and getting ready for a great arrival celebration. The celebration of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ! Our focus this season will be on the "Gifts of Christmas."
Christmas gifts come in all kinds of sizes, shapes and styles. This season we will be seeking to find Jesus and to discover that the gifts of Christmas are really:
The Gift of Expectancy and Hope
The Gift of Grace and Love
The Gift of Reconciliation and Joy
The Gift of Adoption and Peace
The Gift of Jesus
Each gift will help us experience the Advent and Christmas season with hearts overflowing with the love of God.
The first Sunday in Advent we will be "Hanging the Greens" to adorn and make ready the Church for the season. Everyone will receive a "Gift Card" each Sunday. No, not a retail or dinner card! This will be a card that gives a special gift. You will be nourished with thoughts on the theme of the day, a list of Scriptures to study, and a prayer related to the gift. I am certain that these gift cards will enhance your spirit and help us fully prepare for a jubilant and joyous Christmas celebration.
Ultimately we prepare for a most incredible gift of love, Christ was born, Christ died, Christ rose, Christ will come again. Halleluiah I want to be singing "Joy to the World!" loudly and boldly at Christmas. Jeanne and I are getting ready! Let's all be gifted and ready!
Joy to the world the Lord has come! let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and heaven and nature sing. . . . Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy! Wonders of his love, wonders of his love, wonders, wonders of his love!
May the Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace of the Season be with you.
Pastor Dave and Jeanne