Merry Christmas!

My oldest possession is a Christmas stocking with my name on it.  

I believe it came from when I was three years old and living in Minnesota. At least, I know I had it when we moved to California when I was 5.  It looks very old and plain hanging on our mantel with the much newer and nicer stockings of the rest of the family, but I like to think of the pleasure it gave my parents when they first hung it in their home.  And of course, I remember the many years it has hung in its place from our mantel in the happy days when our children were growing.  

Christmas is a time to treasure memories and to make new ones.     

Being a sucker for traditions, I love church at Christmas time.  
I love the carols.  
I love the parties and the ugly sweaters.  
I love the reunions.
I love the food (who doesn’t?).  

But most of all, I love being a part of God’s family and giving thanks for the birth of a Savior.

Jesus Christ’s birth brings hope to all people.  
God became Man.  
Sin no longer reigns.  
Heaven is open.  
Joy has come to the world.     

Let’s join together at church to celebrate Jesus this year.  Invite a friend or neighbor.  Make Jesus the center of your Christmas traditions this year.  Our Christmas celebrations feature the Children’s Christmas Program on Sunday, December 10th at 10AM, and the Choir Cantata on Sunday, December 17th at both services.  

We have so many talented musicians who will help us worship Jesus.  Since Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year, we will have a combined morning service at 10AM.  Our family Christmas Eve service will be at 4PM this year and features many of our young disciples offering their talents to praise Jesus.  And the 11PM Candlelight Christmas Service will feature the choir and we will conclude outside singing Silent Night to welcome Christmas Day.     

This Christmas, make some new traditions, but don’t forget the old ones.  And make sure to experience the wonder of worship together with your church family.

In Jesus’ name,
Pastor Ed