Christmas is almost here! And if you are like me, you are experiencing a mix of “got to get this done yet” and relief that we are almost done. These are days of wonder and joy, but also a bit of weariness!
So, let me offer you three things.
FIRST…take some time – make some time – to reflect on the Christmas gift – God in our world through the child of Bethlehem. Come and join us in worship…
Christmas Eve Worship
1:30 + 3:30 + 5:30 + 10 PM
The Magical Night – The Story and the Feast
We gather to hear the message of the angels,
celebrate with music,and share in the gifts of grace through
the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Christmas Day Worship
The Baby in the Light of Day
Gathered together in the morning light, we see the grace of God
in our midst and rejoice in the birth of our Savior!
Really, this is about more than just being around for a special night or morning. This is about connecting with God in our midst, a God who hangs in there with us for a night, a morning, and then for the days…months…even years that follow.
So join us – or if you are elsewhere, join a worshiping community elsewhere. And if even that doesn’t work, then make a holy space of your own as you ponder and reflect on God at work in the manger, in the world around us, and yes, even in your own world. God at work through Jesus!
SECOND…take a few minutes and check out the Christmas message from Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the ELCA. This year’s message is really worth your time! To see the video message, go to our web site (www.oursaviorswestsalem.org/). Down the home page, on the right side is a box – the link to her message is in the box!
THIRD…my own wish and prayer, along with Pastor Jean’s, for you and your family. Have a blessed Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and know that as you are embraced by a loving God at work in your life. Know too that you are sent forth to be a faithful disciple of Jesus every day, in every place, in momentous acts, and even in the simple acts of life.