We have been exploring "Views of Good News" as our theme for Advent and Christmas this year. I have enjoyed looking through the eyes and lives of those connected with the Birth of Jesus. Tomorrow evening at our Christmas Eve worship services, we will be looking through the eyes of the Shepherds and how they played a critical role in the story of Christ's birth. More importantly, we will be looking a little closer into our participation in the ongoing story of God's grace in Jesus Christ. As Christmas draws closer and our view becomes clearer, I hope we will take the opportunity not just to celebrate but also to more faithfully participate in God's ongoing work of grace in Jesus Christ.
I know this is a crazy season this year. We are doing all we can to provide meaningful and safe opportunities to draw closer to God and one another. We will have two traditional worship opportunities in the Sanctuary at 4:00 and 7:00 PM on Christmas Eve. Both of these worship services will be live-streamed on our website and our Facebook page. We will also have a very meaningful family-friendly children's worship service with glowsticks in the Faith Center at 4:00 PM. In case the crowd is too large to adequately socially distance at our traditional worship service at 7:00 PM, we will also have it live-streamed on the big screen in the Faith Center for any overflow. Additionally, one of our traditional Christmas Eve worship services will be broadcast (edited to 30 minutes) on KLTV at 11:00 AM on Sunday, January 3rd.
Come-and-Go Communion will be available in Nicholson Chapel from 4:30 - 6:30 PM on Christmas Eve with blessed and sealed communion packs. We will also offer communion packs for pickup in the church office until today at 5:00 PM.
Whether you can join us in person or on our live-stream, I pray that we will draw closer to God and one another this Christmas. May our view be clear and our response faithful and heartfelt. I want to thank our dedicated staff and faithful congregation for how you have responded this year under challenging circumstances. I have never been more blessed to be part of such a faithful ministry! I hope that as you have the ability, you will be generous and faithful in your response to support our church and its ministry to be A Beacon of Hope for All. I also hope that you will allow this season to be a jumpstart to an even more faithful year of ministry ahead.
Merry Christmas, and May God Bless You All!