In recent weeks I have noticed it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around town, and it's not just the shops and stores readying for the holiday. I have seen homes decorated and our local Christmas drive-throughs and walk-throughs open for business. Everyone is excited to shake off the worst of the last two years and start celebrating good vibrations NOW, even with pumpkins and fall colors still bountiful. I can't blame anyone for rushing into Christmas this year, but I hope we don't hurry. We need Christmas: What it means, what it stands for, and what it is. Christmas is a reminder of God's love, grace, and generosity.
Part of the excitement and joy of Christmas is the anticipation. We continue to be expectant even when we know what is in the "box." How exciting is the gift of knowing that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son for each of us? Christmas and its significance is to be lived out each day, and most especially in our Advent season. As the Christian community, we observe the four Sundays before Christmas as the time to prepare for the inspiring, provoking, thrilling, mind-blowing, astonishing, eye-opening miracle of Christ's birth. The gift of God loving you, me, and everyone so much that He sent His one true and perfect son! We do not need to rush or hurry it but savor the meaning of this beautiful, indescribable gift.
On the first Sunday of Advent, November 28, FUMC will offer two worship services for all of us to join in the preparation and anticipation of Christ's birth. At 8:30 AM during Horizon Worship, Pastor David and Worship Leader Keven Braswell will lead the contemporary Hanging of the Greens, and at 10:45 AM, Beacon Worship will be led by Pastor Jay Jackson with special music under the direction of Paul Roberts. In both worship services, members of our church family will assist in the celebration of Hanging of the Greens.
To further celebrate this wonderful beginning of the Advent season, we invite everyone to join us at 9:30 AM in the Cook Foyer for a come-and-go breakfast reception.
Peace in Christ,