From Pastor Steve

Greetings from the parsonage;

With December comes one of the most important days in the life of the church, Christmas.   Christmas is best defined as the day God came down among us in human form, Emmanuel God with us.  God comes to us in the form of a baby born of woman destined to go to the cross to save us from our sins.  This is a time when many of us come home to the church after being away for a while.  Somehow Christmas calls us to come here as part of the celebration whether it is part of a family tradition, or just a longing to celebrate once again the birth of the baby in the manger.   While Santa Clause is an integral part of Christmas in our society he is still only a myth while Jesus is the truth of Christmas.  As Christians we can get hung up on the fact that Jesus as most likely not born on December 25th, or we can choose to take this time to celebrate God’s incredible gift to us in His Son.  I pray that you and your family will spend some time this Christmas season celebrating the true reason for the season by reading again the story of Christ’s birth and attending church especially on Christmas eve.  I know it can be a very busy time in the life of our families and especially for me and many others this year it can be a difficult time as well when as we celebrate we find an empty spot at the table.  We need to realize that those we miss are celebrating at the ultimate gathering with Jesus Himself.  May we all find new ways to celebrate as well as traditional ways this year and consider ways that we can give a gift to Jesus at His birth.   There are many charities and opportunities here at church to do that with adopt a child and the food pantry tree just to name a couple.  Another opportunity is going caroling to our shut-ins and offering our voices in song to those who very rarely get company.  Don’t worry if you can’t carry a tune all they want is a joyful noise and your presence.

My prayer for you is that you will have the merriest of Christmases ever this year.

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Steve

Sermon for 11/24/19

Here is tomorrow’s sermon based on Luke 1: 68-79. Titled ” Our Call”
In our Gospel lesson this morning Zachariah remember has been silent for 9 months. An angel came to him and said his wife Elizabeth was to bear him a son and he was to name him John (this is John the Baptist). This reading is Zachariah’s song after he is able to speak when he wrote down his name will be John. Zachariah is filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesys.. The Holy Spirit has made him aware of not only what his son is called to do but also of Jesus coming into the world. John will prepare the way for Jesus. Notice both John and his cousin Jesus have a specific purpose and call on their life. Of course, we know Jesus is the son of God. John is just a man. It is much easier for Jesus to fulfill God’s call on his life since he is God as well as man. John as a man recognizes God’s call and purpose for him and listens and obeys. God has a call for you and purpose for your life. Do you realize that your birth was not just due to your parents but that God actually caused you to be born for a purpose? Are you aware of how much He loves you? You are a special son or daughter of the king. Have you heard God’s call for you? This is possible all of us can experience this. If this is not the case for you maybe there is something that is getting in the way. In order for God to get through to you He must have your attention. Ask Him to reveal to you what it is that is getting in the way. It may not be something major. It maybe something as simple as a distraction. Nothing that is really bad possibly just something that is taking up your time so you don’t have enough time for daily devotions. Now when I say daily devotions, I don’t mean just reading the upper room for 5 minutes and maybe a 2-minute prayer. I mean setting aside 20 to 30 minutes not only to read but also to pray and meditate. God cannot reveal things to you unless you focus on Him and listen for that still small voice. When you settle down to pray and meditate I am sure you will find your mind wandering to all the things you need to do that day or other worldly distractions. If you turn to God each time this happens and ask Him to help you focus on Him he will. God is calling to you are you listening? This week listen for Him to call to you and ask Him to reveal what it is you are called to and when you hear it go do it. If you do this I would love to hear from you. Let me know what you experienced. I am here whenever you want to start a discussion. I will start checking each day.

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