A Message from the Pastor         

 

Is it to early to wish you all a Merry Christmas? Now that December has arrived, I think it’s officially safe to do so. Many of us probably have our Christmas tree up already. A recent survey found that a significant majority of Americans put up their decorations the day after Thanksgiving.

I can remember when I was growing up most homes didn’t decorate until the week before Christmas, although my guess is, if we kids had been in charge, we would have strung the lights earlier…which I guess maybe explains why they go up earlier nowadays doesn’t it?

In any event, most of us look forward to putting up the decorations because it sort of marks the start of the holiday season. That time of year where things really start to get busy with shopping, baking, planning, parties and hopefully marking one’s calendar to ensure that Wednesday nights are blocked off for Advent worship as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The truth is that with all the hustle and bustle of the season worship often tends to be the first casualty of an over-crowded schedule. And yet, we should ask ourselves…what exactly is it that we are celebrating? Is it presents? Family? Food?

As Christians we should know that Christ is and should be the center of all our activities this month. If he isn’t, then may I suggest that you’ve got your priorities wrong?

Now, don’t misunderstand, there is nothing wrong with our traditions etc. it’s just that we need to make sure those things don’t take precedence over our Lord and our worship of him. And that I’m afraid is what has happened to our society in general. It’s all about the party and not about the child whose birth we are supposed to be celebrating. So, I guess what I’m saying is, let’s not forget the birthday cake in our celebrations!

So, as you go about decorating the tree with ornaments and hang lights from your house gutters, keep in mind that it’s all meant to help keep us focused on that babe born in a manger so long ago…a child born for but one purpose, to atone for the sins that you and I commit.

Christmas Eve this year falls on a Friday, which of course means Christmas Day will be on Saturday. Those worship services will be at 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. respectively. Sunday morning worship on the 26th we be at the regular hours.

And my I extend my warmest wishes to all of you and your families this Christmas and may our Lord watch over and bless you all throughout your holiday activities.

Serving our Savior,

Pastor Roloff