Merry Christmas to all!
Whether you read this before Christmas day, on Sunday, or after Christmas, I want to encourage you to come out for our Sunday morning worship service on Christmas day! (Note: There will be no Sunday school or evening service.) Our Christmas morning together will be a time filled with Christmas worship, special music, and a Christmas message from Isaiah 9. I trust you look forward to passionately praising our Jesus this Christmas day! As mentioned, there will be more special music than normal, and the worship team will be comprised of our young adult team. Finally, I am especially amped (super excited) to break open God's Word on this special day! If you have anyone God places on your heart, please invite them... the name of Jesus, our Salvation, will be lifted high!
Now, you may be wondering what's up with the "God is Not Dead" title above. We'll be breaking this down further from our text in Isaiah 9:1-7 on Sunday. Basically, the concept is that Christmas is all about redemption! Amidst times when all hope seems lost, God has an active plan of redemption. This Christmas, will you see the profoundness of the simple Christmas story?
In keeping with this theme, the lyrics and backstory of the Christmas carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" fits so well. Watch the video below for a depiction of the hope of redemption found in the story behind this well-known Christmas song.
Also, one of my favorite modern Christmas-themed songs is "While You Were Sleeping" by Casting Crowns. I included a video/song below for your additional reflection!
May you all truly have a joyous Christmas week, and may we all joyfully anticipate our time of worship and reflection this Christmas Sunday!
Resting in His Redemption this Christmas,