Sunday, December 19, 2010
Celebrate Jesus' Birth
Our church building is now decorated with beautiful trees, ribbons, and ornaments. Our annual candlelight service is our best attended event of the year. As always tonight we will have a great amount of singing: congregational, choir performances, a soloist, and even two of our teenagers singing a special song for us. Our children will be dressed in nativity costumes with "Mary" bringing in the candle from which all others will be lit. I will preach a message in keeping with our theme, "Seeking the King" and three of our members will give video taped testimonies of what they found when they found Jesus.
The purpose of the sermon this morning was slightly different than when I preached it 11 years ago. This morning I wasn't so much trying to convince people it was o.k. to celebrate; I wanted to encourage us to do so! May we join with the Apostle Paul in proclaiming, "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15)