Making the Most of Your Christmas Break (12/17/2015)

December 17, 2015 in Church News

Tomorrow is a day the local school children have been looking forward to for a long time. It’s the last day of school before Christmas break. After they head out the door at the end of the day tomorrow, they won’t be stepping foot in school again for 18 whole days. And as much as children are excited by that prospect, parents are just as overjoyed. Eighteen days without having to make sure the homework is done, the lunch is packed, the uniform is washed… glorious.Even if there are no school children in your house, you are most likely looking forward to some type of Christmas break. You’ll have a day or two off of work (perhaps more…), a chance to see family and friends, eat good food, maybe even relax.

But how can you really make the most of your coming Christmas break? You know how it can go. Christmas break arrives and, before you know it, it’s gone. The tree is taken down. The wrapping paper is thrown away. And you are left feeling a bit empty and not really any more refreshed than the day before Christmas break started.

How can you avoid this? How can you make this Christmas break really achieve a good purpose? The answer comes in the word itself: Christmas. The way to make the most of Christmas break is to make it mostly about Christ. This means not only attending church for the special Christmas services that are offered, but really letting the message sink in. It means appreciating the time you are given off of work or school for what it really is: a gift from God and an opportunity to grow in his grace and appreciation for his blessings. There is no greater blessing than our salvation and no better time to be reminded of that blessing than the day when we worship the Baby in the manger.

My prayer for each of you and for my family this Christmas break is that your Christmas break is a time where you will be refreshed and renewed in the Spirit that you might go back to work or to school with the joy of the angels’ song in your heart and a gospel spring in your step.

God bless your Christmas celebration!

In Christ,

Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

December 20th
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Theme:
Chosen by God
Readings:
Micah 5:2-5a; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55
Hymn of the Day:
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (CW #23)

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Christmas Party – Saturday Night

We will be holding our church Christmas party this Saturday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy some fellowship complete with tasty food and our annual Christmas Jeopardy event.

Christmas Worship

Everyone is invited to join us in worshiping the Newborn King at two unique and special services:

Christmas Eve: 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Day: 10:30 a.m.