Dear Church Family:
Christmas Day has nearly arrived. Let us
rejoice in the presence and awareness of
the Newborn King. Salvation is here.
This Sabbath is 4th Quarter Christmas
Spiritual Preparation: You still have time to
spiritually prepare. A simple silent “I love you” to Jesus and to
neighbor (or to just say “Hi”, or even a simple intention) is all
that’s needed to start.
Foot-Washing before Worship: We will not be dismissed for foot
-washing outside the sanctuary during the worship. Footwashing
is offered in the lounge before and till worship
starts at 10:59.
How Communion Will Be Served: This year, as part of our “Walk
to Bethlehem,” a beautiful Crib and Cross display has been
prepared center stage, and all participants are invited to
walk to the Table to partake of the emblems there.
This is a joyful, intimate, and reverent occasion.
Communion will be served in the pews by the deacons
for those who have difficulty walking.
All others are invited to come to the front
in one of two lines (i.e., left and right)
down the center aisle (i.e., one on each side)
starting with the first row.
In the front, each will individually partake of the bread
and the cup and return their empty cup there.
Each will then quietly return to their row
through the side aisles.
You are asked to remain seated in silence, song and
prayer till all have partaken.
1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him,
and without Him nothing was made that was made.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we beheld His glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
John 1: 1-3, 14
We use various words to refer to Jesus. One of them is
Immanuel, “God with us.” Today’s Communion opportunity is
for us to recognize His Presence among us and even in us today.
“For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,”
has made us understand that
it is the brightness of his glory that is seen
in the face of Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4: 6 (TLB)
A Merry and Blessed Christmas and Christmas Season to each
person and family represented here, and may the light of
Christ light your life both over the end of 2022 and throughout
the coming New Year.