Dear Messiah Lutheran Church,
Advent is upon us! Traditionally, advent has been a season of preparation for the coming of Christ. This is what we aim to do this advent season.
As Christians, we also believe that the greatest service humankind has ever seen has been when God came to make his dwelling amongst us when he was born on Christmas. Jesus says in Matthew 20:28 that he came not to be served but to serve. This is the heart of the Christmas message that Jesus came to be “God with us”, serve us and give his life for us so that we can be forgiven.
On Sunday mornings at Messiah during the season of Advent leading up to Christmas, we’ll be looking at how Matthew tells us about the coming of Christ. We’ll see that as Matthew tells us how God comes to be with us to rescue us, it echoes the story of the Exodus. So, we’ll be tying the story of how God ultimately recues us through Jesus to the time how God first rescued his people from the slavery in Egypt.
Also on Wednesdays in Advent we will have a service that helps us pause and remember the reason for the season. These will be more casual services that hopefully get us talking and understanding more why Advent and Christmas matter and what difference it should make in our life. Each service will start at 6:45 pm with a dinner before at 6:00. There will be some songs, a brief message, some table talk and a service project to help you bring the message of Christmas to those around you. I hope you will be able to join us. Here is the schedule
Be Present, Wednesday Dec. 6 Send Peace, Wednesday, Dec. 13 Share Joy, Wednesday, Dec. 20
Also, since Christmas Eve is on a Sunday we will have the opportunity to do something different to help those in the community experience the joy of Christmas. On Sunday morning, rather than our normal services, we will be serving in the community. On Sunday, December 24th from 8:30 until 11:30 am we will be working with Metropolitan Ministries in Holiday, FL to help distribute food and toys to those in need. I encourage you and your family (project easy for kids age 8+) to sign up to volunteer. We need a firm count, so make sure you sign up on the bulletin board in the breezeway.
After that we will celebrate how God comes to be with us at a worship service on Christmas Eve at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 pm. We will also have a Christmas Day worship service at 10 am.
I look forward to celebrating this Advent and Christmas season with you.
God’s Peace, Pastor Mark