Centenary's Weekly Newsletter December 23, 2016
Merry Christmas from Centenary!
Upcoming Worship Services 

Saturday, December 24:  Christmas Eve Worship Services
4:00 pm - Family Worship
Note that all children are invited to be a part of the nativity processional as part of our Family Christmas Eve worship. During the service, children will be directed to the back of the sanctuary to take their place for the processional. This is a wonderful way for children of all ages to participate in the telling of the Christmas story about the birth of Jesus!

    10:30 pm - Chancel Choir "Music of the Season"

    11:00 pm - Traditional Worship

Sunday, December 25:  One Worship Service at 11:00 am. No Sunday School classes.

Sunday, January 1:  One Worship Service at 11:00 am. No Sunday School classes.
Preparing for Jesus
A Message from our Lay Leader, Phyllis Stump

While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.  And she gave birth to her first born son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.  Luke 2:6-7
Here we are, ready to celebrate Jesus's birthday. Hopefully, this day will be filled with Christmas joy instead of holiday stress. Of course, stress may have been a part of what Mary and Joseph were feeling - giving birth to their first child far from home.

Luke tells us that hope appeared with Jesus's birth despite all the uncertainty. His birth changed everything for us. Jesus changed our relationship to God, and He models for us what it means to live as God's people.

Theologians and historians debate the date and circumstances of Jesus's birth, and these are important scholarly debates.  But today, do the details really matter?  Is it that important whether Jesus was born on December 25th?  Does it matter if Jesus was born in a bed instead of a stable?  What is important - what really matters - is how we live our lives in light of that birth.

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
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