You need to be careful this time of year. This is when you make all those promises that you can’t keep. Like the year when I told my sister my whole family would come for Christmas. Then the flu struck. Only a fraction of us made the trip. Be careful about the food that you promise to make and don’t promise specific gifts. Because you never know what the store will have left on December 23 at 10 pm! Be careful with those Christmas promises. And don’t get me started on New Year’s resolutions.
Christmas is about promises, promises kept. God made a promise to the world to help people. He planned to help them with their biggest problem: even bigger than a tippy tree or a shortage of Christmas ham. Deeper problems like sin, guilt, death. Christmas is a promise kept. In a little baby God “gift wrapped” his Son in strips of cloth and Bethlehem’s manger hay. God kept his promise to save the people that he created. That great message is designed to be shared with your family and friends. We’ll offer multiple services over the Christmas holiday. We’ll read lessons, hear sermons, and sing songs to remind us that Jesus has done all the Father said he would. Through that Word the Holy Spirit creates and strengthens faith. So invite them to St. John’s and they will hear a Christmas message from God’s Word. I can promise you that.
Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Worship:
3:00pm – Children’s Service in All Purpose Room
7:00pm – Song Service in Church
Tuesday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day – 9:30am Worship in Church