When history reflects on calendar year 2020, I wonder what all will be recorded? I think everyone who has navigated this year needs to give themselves a pat on the back. We have encountered so much change. And the truth is we still are encountering change. Put simply, our routines have been changed by 2020.
And yet, some things remain the same. There still are the necessary and needed lamp posts along the way that guide us ever forward to whatever the future may bring. For me, Christmas is one of those guiding lamp posts along the road of life.
We have designed our special Christmas celebrations outside this year to allow us to be as safe as possible. Last week was our outdoor Jingle Jam event hosted by our Kids Ministry. The outdoor event this coming Sunday, December 13th at 6 pm will be our Christmas Night of Worship hosted by our Student Ministry. After that, we are planning two outdoor candlelight Christmas Eve services on Thursday evening, December 24th at 5 pm and 7 pm (along with our online service at 6 pm.)
I long for Christmas. I can’t wait to hear those words from Isaiah, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…” I look forward to somebody who sounds like Linus tell the Christmas story. And I want us all to be safe.
Bring your chairs (and coats), wear your masks, and stay socially distant between households – and pray for great weather. Who knows! We might even get to see something extra-special during worship – something referred to as the “Christmas Star” in the heavens – what a sight that would be!