Wasn’t last week’s worship great? The kids did a great job with their musical, Christmas Acts of Kindness Experiment (aka C.A.K.E.). They helped us think about how to live out and fully celebrate Christmas, as we share God’s love with others. Did you see them on the news?
It was also wonderful to share in the Baptism of Piper Whitman. And we thought about Joseph and how to be Kind like Joseph.
When we think of Christmas, we often think of Christmas lights and jingle bells. We think of a Hallmark Christmas, with all of the beauty and happiness that come with that. The place Christmas begins, however, is darkness. All is not right with the world. People are suffering and yearning for a world that makes sense, and where things are fair and right and joyful. It is into the darkness that Jesus is born, to give us Light. This weekend at the 5:00 and 9:30 services our Chancel Choir will lead us in experiencing this contrast between Darkness and Light with their Cantata, “Lux: The Dawn from on High.”
The only service where I will be preaching this weekend will be the 11:00 service. At that service we will not have the Cantata. We will focus on the shepherds. We will attempt to listen to these shepherds to hear what we can learn from them about living a full and faithful life. Our Scripture focus will be Luke 2:8-18.
In the midst of all the busyness of this season, and in the midst of some amount of darkness, we need these times of worship to help us fully experience Christmas.
I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend.