“Signs of the Season: The Nativity” – December 19, 2021

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 9:30am
Livestream Worship

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"O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; come and behold him, born the King of angels; O come, let us adore him; O come, let us adore him; O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!" UMH#234

As we move into the final moments of Advent, I remember the joy as a child eagerly counting down these last few days! As I played a special guest for our preschool children this week, I sensed their excitement about the joyous day that is almost upon us. The awe we feel in children during this season reminds us of the Hope yet to come.

Join me for a moment and reflect on the words of the great Christmas carol and the peace it brings, O Come, All Ye Faithful, "O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; come and behold him…", think of an eager child, pulling at your hand, saying, "Come on! Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!"

One of God's great gifts waiting for us each day is the gift of music. The great reformer, Martin Luther, said it in this way, "Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us." This Sunday, we will share, An Advent Morning of Music with our Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, brass musicians, and, of course, the great organ sharing sacred music to calm our souls and bring us joy. We will also have some special guests taking us to the manger to close out a joyous morning.

I hope you'll make it a priority to join us at 8:00 a.m. (in the Chapel for a shortened Communion Service), 9:30 a.m. (in the Sanctuary for our special Advent Morning Of Music), or on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. (and throughout the day and week on our YouTube Channel). So even in days that may still feel a bit challenging and uncertain, may our hearts join in song, "O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!"

Grace, Peace, and Advent Blessings,

P.S. Start praying about the gift of inviting someone to join you in worship this Sunday for an extraordinary morning! Share some hope by giving an alternative Christmas gift from our unique missional market (last Sunday). ...and think about those who might be alone on Christmas Eve and bring them with you for Christmas Eve Worship at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., or 9 p.m. Also, don't forget to visit the Chapel and experience the fantastic artwork.

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