Pastoral Note – December 23, 2014

Dear Friends,

In the midst of the frantic activities of the season, I see God moving in and through our church family.

The writer of Hebrews says, “Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” (5:8-9).

God does not demand perfection from us. What God does demand is our obedience to the One who has become Perfection, Christ our Lord. When we walk in humble obedience to Jesus, he becomes our Perfect Offering while we are on our own journey toward sanctification.

As we are drawing near the end of the calendar year, we have actually already begun the new church year with the season of Advent. I find it fascinating how a new beginning overlaps an end. This is a simple yet powerful lesson in life.

As a season ends, there may relief, or there may be grief, but we also see glimpses of a new beginning. It’s not completely clear how everything will turn out, but in faith, we follow in obedience to Christ, one step at a time, because we can anticipate God’s good intentions in doing the new thing in our lives.

This is what I look forward to — what new thing will God do in this new season?

I pray and hope that the deep abiding joy, peace and hope of Christ be with each of you.

I hope to see you at our Christmas Eve Service tomorrow at 7:30pm.

Good news! We’ve also decided to offer a small, intimate candle light service at 11pm tomorrow for those of you who might be interested. If you know of someone looking for a late night Christmas Eve service at the last minute, you might want to let them know.

Blessings and Merry Christmas!

Pastor Ken