Sunday, is the fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. At our regular
morning service, 10:30 am, we will light the candle of LOVE!
Our Christmas Eve service will be at 5:30 at the home of Jana and Charlie
Keeping Jesus in Our Arms and Heats the Whole Year Long
Last week I was in California keeping three of our grandchildren while their parents were out of town. I stayed over Sunday so I could see the annual Christmas Pageant at their church. Eli and Lilla, the youngest of the three, had parts in the play. Lilla who is 6 was Mary—she took her role very seriously. She came on stage at the very first of the play and stayed on stage the whole time. Somewhere along the way Joseph joined her and then baby Jesus who was placed in a manger. There was singing of carols and speaking of lines as the children told the story of Jesus’ birth. At the end of the play the whole cast-Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the shepherds, the angel, Herod and the wise men lined up across the front of the sanctuary and they sang one last carol. They then took a bow and the congregation clapped. About that time I looked up to see Mary throw baby Jesus’ over her shoulder. Our son-in-law was sitting beside me and I leaned over and said, “Did Mary just throw baby Jesus over her shoulder?”
“Yes,” he answered, “I believe she did.” Later in the day Sara, her mother, said, “Lilla, why did you throw baby Jesus down?”
“I was done with that,” Lilla replied.
The rest of the afternoon I thought about what Lilla said, wondering why in the world would she throw the baby down. Then I read our text for today and realized we are just like Lilla-oh we love Advent and Christmas, we love the story of the little baby born in a stable surrounded by animals and we love to hear about all the visitors who came to see him, but when Christmas is over we often throw baby Jesus over our shoulder and declare, “We are done with that.”
During this season of the year we ARE more outwardly focused and we want to help others. Our problem is when January comes we often throw Jesus over our shoulders and say, “I am done with that—I have so many other things to do.” If we want to keep Jesus in our arms every day of the year—we must begin the day with the prayer, “what should I do Jesus, to walk in your way?”
If we can do that we will begin to know and understand Advent Joy.
School Supplies for Our Neighborhood School
We collected school supplies for De Zavala, our neighborhood School during the month of November: A number of you made donations and we will buy the supplies and deliver them to De Zavala. Bobby and Nick have graciously agreed to do a concert and the entry fee will be school supplies for all our schools. Watch for details about the date and location.
Bread Ministries and Missions
We will pack lunches, once again, for the Tarrant Churches Together Rodeo Chuck Wagon. Many day laborers work at the stock show—if they purchase a lunch they use much of their hard-earned money. Several years ago TCT started providing a sack lunch for each worker so they don’t have to spend any money on lunch. We will be packing the lunches the last Sunday of January. TCT provides some of the supplies and we purchase the rest. Watch for the list of items we need to provide.
On Martin Luther King Day we have an opportunity to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Instead of taking a day “off” we can give back to our community by giving of our time and energy to help others. You can go on the Tarrant Churches Together website to sign up to serve at one of the community service sites. The day begins with worship at Baker Chapel AME Church and culminates as everyone gathers for lunch at Broadway Baptist Church.
Keep inviting your friends! Our fellowship is enriched by each person who joins
us for worship.