Closer to Bethlehem

This Sunday we will light the fourth candle on the Advent wreath, leaving only the white Christ candle unlit.....which tells us we are drawing very near to the full celebration of Christmas.

            In our Journey study, we travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem in worship. It was certainly a long difficult journey for a young woman at full term. Why did they have to make that journey? What is its significance? Why Bethlehem?

            What journeys are we on? And how do we, in our own personal lives, need to proceed on the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Christ in our own hearts and lives?

            At 8:40, I will preach the fourth sermon in the series based on Adam Hamilton’s study. At 8:30 and 11:00, I will do a brief meditation as I light the Advent candles. The choir and guest musicians at those two services will present “A Celtic Christmas Celebration.” I love Celtic music and cannot wait to hear it, in what promises to be an inspiring service.

            Don’t forget Christmas Eve—next week! There are ample opportunities for worship, from the children and family service at 4:00; open communion 5:00-6:30 (beginning with liturgy at 5:00, and the Christmas story read each half hour)--come as you can, stay, pray and meditate as long as you feel led; the traditional service with choir, communion, and candlelighting at 7:00; the contemporary service with candlelighting and communion at 11:00.

            Christmas Day there will be one service at 11:00 in the sanctuary. Feel free to come casual. My sermon will reflect somewhat on the last session of The Journey.....certainly on the greatest gift ever given!

            Don’t forget to invite a friend or acquaintance who is not active in a church.  People are most likely to attend church at Christmas. Many are searching, but aren’t sure what they’ll find in church or if they will be welcome. We have good news to share! We have God’s love to share! Let’s do it!


See You Sunday as we move ever closer to Bethlehem,


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