Saturday, December 24, 2011
Entering the unfamiliar with the Unfailing God:
In less than 24 hours we'll have our first Christmas Eve service as the New Song church. I'm excited at several levels. It's amazing to me as we talked about plans for our candle light service the amount of Christians who have never been to a candle light service!
It will be an unfamiliar time, but it will be unforgettable. Even though I'm impressed with what I've written down, and I'd like to say the brief thoughts I've put together for when we light our candles in unison are so radical and earth shattering people's jaws will drop in awe, the truth is how many different ways can we announce the the Christmas story? Yet, we as families all have shared stories that never get old: How a favorite set of grandparents met, how our ancestors came to America, how we overcame a struggle, etc. Our time together reflecting on the Birth of Jesus and sharing communion will speak louder than my feeble voice.
God will be the focus as we gather in a circle for our candle light service. We'll reflect as a community on the crazy method God used to reclaim us -- sending a helpless baby to overcome the evils of the universe... I hope you'll join us for a night of mediation and reflection, and to refocus on the true light.
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”" (John 8:12 ESV)