Weekly Contact- December 18, 2014

Hello there,

If worship this Sunday does not get you into the Christmas spirit, then your nickname must be Ebenezer.  The music will be fantastic.  At the first service we have a beautiful prelude on the French Horn, trumpets on the introit, bells on the opening hymn, plus the Chancel Choir.  It will all be absolutely wonderful.

We will be wrapping up our Advent sermon series on “Telling the New Old Story.”  I hope you have enjoyed listening to the old stories of expectation and hope in the context of stories for today.  This week Jim Langley will be reading our new story and the scripture reading is Luke 1:26-38, the story of the annunciation to Mary.  My sermon title is “Nothing is Impossible with God.”

Sean Walker, our seminary intern, is wrapping up his Advent Bible study that he has been leading between services in the chapel.  His topic this week is “Mary’s Song.”

At our Synergy service, once again our praise team will be rocking.  This will be your last chance to come and sing Christmas carols to a moving beat.  Come and check it out.

So a week from today is the big day.  Since I will not be sending out a weekly contact that morning, please accept my warmest wishes for a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.  Here is a poem by Ann Weems entitled “What Do I Want for Christmas”.  It is from her book Kneeling in Bethlehem.  Let this be my “Christmas Card” to you.

What do I want for Christmas?

I want to kneel in Bethlehem,

the air thick with alleluias,

the angels singing that God is born among us.

In the light of the Star,

I want to see them come,

the wise ones and the humble.

I want to see them come bearing whatever they treasure

to lay at the feet of him who gives his life.

What do I want for Christmas?

To see in that stable

the whole world kneeling in thanks

for a promise kept: new life.

For in his nativity

we find ours.

Stay in One Peace,