Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service at 7:00pm
“A Service of Lessons and Carols.” All are welcome. Join us to worship and celebrate Jesus’ birth!
- Connecting with God
- Community with others
- Caring for the world
We pray that you will join us as we seek “joy in the journey” in relationship with God and one another.
In the grace and peace of Christ,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal
- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: December 24 at 7:00pm.
- Winter Camp Days: February 18, 19, 20 for all 2nd-8th graders.
Pastor's Ponderings for December
I love almost everything about this season of the year: the sounds and smells, the decorations and lights, the general goodwill that it tends to generate in most of the people one meets. And I’m thankful that in the church we can still say “Merry Christmas” instead of changing it to the generic “Happy Holidays.” It is still all about the Christ-child, Jesus.
One of the best things about this season is the music. I love the Christmas carols, and I tend to sneak them into worship during the Advent season, contrary to conventional church custom. But I also find a lot of comfort and joy in the Advent songs.
"Prepare the way of the Lord, prepare the way of the Lord.
And all people will see the salvation of our God.”
This one reminds us that the Advent season is about preparing our hearts and lives for Jesus to come and reaffirm the coming of Immanuel, God with us. It reminds us that Christmas is about the Jesus whose name, Matthew tells us, means that he will save his people from their sins.
“Come, Lord Jesus; come, Lord Jesus; come, Lord Jesus; come and be born in our hearts.”
This simple chorus emphasizes our longing for Jesus to come, not nebulously into the world, but specifically into our hearts, the very center of our being. Each time we sing it, it is an invitation for Jesus and the Holy Spirit to come to take charge of everything in us.
“Immanuel, Immanuel. His name is called, ‘Immanuel.’
God with us, revealed in us. His name is called, ‘Immanuel.’”
Do we really sense that God is with us? Do we really want God to be with us? Do we desire God to be present in the midst of our busy, complicated lives? If so, perhaps things might change, be simplified in order to allow God to work his best work in us, that we might also reveal God to others.
“Comfort, comfort now my people.
Speak of peace, thus saith our God…”
Perhaps this year is one in which we might pray and sing this song with greater force and urgency. May God indeed come to us as the Prince of Peace, to bring comfort and hope to our divided country and our war-torn world.
May God bless you all as you prepare your hearts to receive the Christ-child once again. From our house to yours come many thanks and prayers, and may we see you in church this Advent and Christmas season.
In joyful service to our King,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal