The grandeur of Christmas

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Lights. Cameras. Selfies. Gifts. Action. 

There’s a regal beauty in the very simple message of Christmas. 

And the grandeur of Christmas is not found in the lights, or the cameras, or the selfies, or the gifts, or the action. The grandeur of Christmas comes in the reality that God, because of His love for you, sent Jesus into this world. 

Born in a place where lambs are fed. He is the Lamb of God.
Born in “The House of Bread” (meaning of “Beth-lehem”). He is the bread of life. 
Announced by angels.
Visited by shepherds. 
Sought out by Magi.
Now Lord of our lives. 

The grandeur of Christmas comes in seeing the elegant orchestration of God. 

Let’s bow together before Him on bended knee as we worship our radiant Lord.

For whatever reason, The Lord has pressed upon me two very distinctive and unique messages for this Sunday. 

I know there are a lot of people who need to hear one or the other or both. Sunday morning we’ll talk about “Imagine the peace of Christ in every life.” I had preached a sermon on “Shalom” on Nov. 26 and the response to that was quite overwhelming. This message centers on another reality of peace - specifically Jesus as “The Prince of Peace.” This message might change your entire attitude, action plan, and enjoyment of Christmas.

Further, our worship choir will be helping lead out in all 3 morning services with our worship teams. 

There are many, many people who need to hear this message and experience such a living, worshiping body of Christ like Forum. 

Then, at the Christmas Eve services at 4 and 5:30 we’ll have beautiful candlelight services focusing on “The Light of Christ’s Forgiveness.” We’ll have live music, a great craft for kids, and cookies in the lobby. There are 2 great photo locations at both the tree and in the lobby. We’ll share in communion together as families will be those serving communion. 

FYI: As a ministry, nearly $16,000 has been given so far towards our water project. And while we didn’t tally everything, we’re very good at guessing - including the water gifts, nearly $35-40,000 of coats, blankets, food, and money have been given in the name of Christ by us as a congregation. 

Humbly I say, “I couldn’t be prouder of what God is doing in our church and in your lives.”

Last thing (speaking of proud) Our Children’s Theater performances were God honoring and stellar! To the entire team, led by Rochelle Gerdts, and to every child and parent, I say to you all, “Well done…very well done.” I’m already looking forward to the next one. 

Looking forward to an incredible day of worship this Sunday.