Have you ever been on a journey and heard these words: “Are we there yet?”. Sometimes we don’t even make it out of the driveway before the chorus starts up. Well, when it comes to Christmas, we are “Almost There”.

And yet, it is important to realize that we are not quite there yet. We should also be honest and say that many people, maybe most people, never quite finish the journey and never quite arrive. We are sometimes so familiar with the traditional Christmas story that we no longer sense its power. What if the Shepherds had gotten almost to the manger, then gotten tired or distracted and turned away?

What if the Wise Men made their long journey across vast territories but then stopped just short, perhaps deciding to remain in Herod’s palace instead of trekking the last few miles to Bethlehem?

What if you and I shopped and wrapped and decorated and cooked, but then fell just short of receiving the Christ child into our lives?

Sometimes the last part of the journey is the hardest.

We are almost there. I encourage you to do what you need to do to arrive at the manger to receive the gifts God is wanting to give you this year.

I look forward to worshipping with you this weekend.


Pastor Kent



Longest Night Services: Thursday at Noon and 6:00 p.m in the Sanctuary


Saturday Afternoon: 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Morning: 10:00 a.m. Only (NO SUNDAY SCHOOL)

Christmas Eve Services: 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 31: 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 31:  10:00 a.m. Only (NO SUNDAY SCHOOL)


Church Office Closed Dec. 25 – Jan. 2

This Weekend in Worship – December 23 & 24, 2017