December 12, 2018
Good morning Congregation,
This past Sunday Pastor Dan talked about what happens when our posture is life FROM God. It’s a posture that focuses on what God can do for us, more than the relationship with God. What we desire, what we seek, what we do, and how we live are all shaped by consumerism. Our lives are centered around consuming. Getting what I want, when I want it. It’s not a focus on the personal relationship with God.
This coming week we will be focusing on the posture of the life FOR God. This is a posture that puts God’s mission ahead of God himself. We live with the thought that if I don’t do this for God, no one will. We again are more focused on the mission than God himself. Again, you can read the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10.
On Sunday the 23rd of December we will be receiving a Christmas offering. There will be boxes at the doors as you leave the Sanctuary for persons that would like to leave monies. The boxes will be there to put money in on the 23rd, 24th and on the 30th. These monies will be used for sharing what it means to live with God in our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Each year that we have done this, we have been privileged to make an incredible difference in many places. So, we invite you to join with us again this year. One of the places we were able to reach out to with this offering was the Wauseon School Food Pantry. They have a tremendous need and it makes such a difference in our community.
Over the past weeks I have been challenged by things that I deem as important. The USPS lost a package that I want very much. I have had to think about what is most important to me. I have also had to think about what importance I put on “things.” So, this Christmas I pray that I will be able to convey to those around me that the value of Christmas is not in the “stuff,” but is in relationships. The value of Christmas is being in a relationship with Christ and sharing that with others.
This coming Sunday the kids will be sharing a program that they have been working on. The program will start at 10:40 a.m. (classes will dismiss at 10:30 a.m.). We encourage everyone to come and be a part of this special program. When the Christmas program is over we will begin our second service.
Also, I want to encourage everyone to attend one of our Christmas Eve services. They begin at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and will last about 45 minutes. We will end each service with candle lighting and singing of Christmas carols. There will be cookies and drink following each service.