Pastor's Article

It seems to me we have seen the evolution of celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday in our culture. I may be wrong, but now it seems like “Black Friday” has taken over or at least rivals the plans people make along with gathering with family on Thanksgiving. Every year the news air stories of crowds unleashed to rush into Walmart, Target and Best Buy to get their best buy of the season. People are passionate to seize the best deals. It would be easy to focus on these stories as illustration of how materialism has us in its grip. But this year lets take a different approach. Let’s also consider the possibility that those people standing behind the caution-tape, ready to run into the stores are driven by something more than materialism. Let’s acknowledge there is another motive behind their passion to be first, willingness to trip someone to get ahead or knock someone into a stack of boxed toasters to get to the display of flat screens. It could also be that the crowds wait for hours because they are shopping to make some one in their life happy. People endure the flying elbows to bring joy to someone in their life. Whether we admire and join those who rush into the stores or criticize; what cannot be denied is the passion they have to shop. This Sunday begins the Advent-Christmas season. I hope this season will be a time for us to display our passion for Jesus. I hope every Sunday you will gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and all that his birth and life still means today. This will be our first Christmas in our new sanctuary. I can’t wait to see what the new Christmas tree and lights will look like. I can’t wait to hear what singing many of the favorites Christmas songs will sound like, and especially to have a candlelight service in the sanctuary on Christmas Eve. And then, we are doing something we have never done before. We are having a blood drive from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Sunday, December 22nd. You or someone you recruit can give blood before, during, or after Sunday

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