Christmas Letter 2016

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”

? Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


Amid the preparations for Christmas each year there always seem to be a few voices, that either share the joy of “Good tidings” or proclaim a, “Bah, Humbug!” on the whole business of Christmas. Truth be told often, we adults, are less than excited about Christmas: not the birth of the Christ Child in the  manger, but in the hurried schedules, crowded shopping lines, and the amounts of money spent on needless items. All of the trapping of a modern Christmas can leave one feeling overwhelmed and more apt to sound like old Ebenezer, than to share in the awe-inspiring  joy of the nativity.


In the face of these times and cultural issues it becomes helpful for the church and disciples, like me and you, to remember the value of sharing joy. This is joy not founded in what we manage to cook, buy, or acquire, but the joy founded in the scripture; the excitement or new birth, the baby Jesus – the hope of all people. We need not give into the pre-conversion Scrooge, but instead,  we are to embrace the attitude of those within the story of Jesus, like Simeon, saying, “for my eyes have seen your salvation,  which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30-32)


Jesus is God’s light in our world, a light that influences our hearts, heads, and mouths. When we share in this Advent, this Christmas, we share in the joy of what God has already done, is doing, and what will be done.


In light of this, we, as a church, are planning to celebrate with the following opportunities.  These are opportunities to thank God for the priceless gift of Jesus Christ.


Children’s Dinner Theater: (Our children’s program production of a wonderful Christmas story)

December  17th 5:30 PM


Musical Christmas Celebration Service:  (A musical celebration of Christmas lead by our choir.)

December 18th 10:30AM


Christmas Eve Candlelight Services: (Traditional carol and candlelight service)

December 24th 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM


Christmas Day Blessings of the Toys Service: (An informal family friendly Christmas Day service. Children (old ones too) are encouraged to bring their new favorite toy and come ready to worship,

December 25th 11:00 AM


Please join us as we seek to celebrate the exciting joy of Christmas!


With great hope,

Rev. Clayton Payne


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