“The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.”D.L. Moody
“STAND FOR HOPE”
Drawing upon Luke 21:25-36
Pastor Vicky's Ponderings - December 2018
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A f east central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the N ativi ty Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide , which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night.
So goes the Wikipedia description of Christmas around the world. I don’t know about you, but this is my personal favorite time of the year – I have many good memories from years gone by and I have to say that last year as the first year of being your pastor, is one of my highlights that will stay with me always.
So, now we are moving onto the second Christmas celebration and I can’t wait. I also can’t wait to welcome Christ our King into the world – this event never loses its mystery and magic. There will be singing, music, words of wisdom, and a gathering of Christ’s people looking towards his arrival until the 25th.
I also understand that not everyone is welcoming this year’s holiday season as much as I am. There have been significant losses over this last year and those can weigh heavily on our minds. There are also people on our hearts that may be struggling with life, with what life has thrown them, struggling with jobs and finances, and those who are just plain depressed. That might just be you whom I just described. It’s ok to feel that way and I wouldn’t want anyone to think it’s not. We are here though as Christ’s representatives to help lift each other up – to walk through those hard times together.
Church is a great place to come and be fed with the Love of God.
It is not the time of year to be isolating yourself. Come to church – listen to the sounds around worship and let yourself be immersed in just that simple act. If you happen to know of someone who is isolating, be the hand of hope. There will be a special night set aside as well for us to remember and step into our grief, known as Blue Christmas. This year, the worship will be held on December 20 in the Sanctuary (pending roof progress – but if not, it will be in the Lovell Building) at 7 p.m. and it is a time to gather and sit in support of each other as we gather with our particular story.
Then, we will look forward in the New Year (2019!) to welcoming everyone to church on “Casual Sunday (or pajama Sunday as in the past)” where we can gather together and sing our hearts out. This is the time to get all the carols out that you may have missed and to just get together and have fun! It is also the Fifth Sunday and we can join together to welcome the new year with fabulous food!
Best wishes for a beautiful, meaningful, Christmas to you and your family! God’s blessings for the new year too!
Pastor Vicky Martinez