Good Folks, today is Friday, December 20, 2019, five more shopping days before Christmas. On Sunday, we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Advent.
As we get closer and closer, we are quickly approaching our Candlelight Christmas Eve Services: 7PM & 9PM
M. In the 9PM service, we will have the Sacrament of Holy Communion by Intinction. We will hear the Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke, chapter two. The services will be great. Lots of special music.
What I have found, in the many Christmas Eve services I have either done, participated in, attended before being a preacher, or as District Superintendent, none are alike. There is a uniqueness that is exciting.
I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas with my home church being Iglesia Metodista Unida-El Buen Pastor (translated: The Good Shepherd UMC). I remember going to the Christmas Eve services and seeing the adults and children dramatize the Nativity Story. Christmas carols were sung over and over. The candles were lit which occasionally burned a finger or dropped wax on the carpet. What I always looked forward to was the bag of fruit (an apple & orange), pecans or peanuts, and a hard candy or two in a paper bag.
Even in the writing of this epistle it brings back memories. My brothers and sister, should they be reading this, will be sharing the memories as well. Mom always gathered all the bags and combined its contents together in a large bowl on the table—which I thought was not fair. I wanted my own bag. Nevertheless, memories made on those evenings have withstood time and they are good ones.
This Christmas Eve, you are invited to make some new memories and hear the Christmas Story for the first time, again. Candles will be lit, carols sang, communion served, God’s message of Hope proclaimed and the community of faith gathered. Bags of fruit will be given out this year. It’s going to be fun.
Send me a Christmas Eve story of yesteryear. A memory made, a treasured thought, or something that made a difference in your life.
This Sunday, the scripture text will be from Matthew 1:18-25, Emmanuel: God with Us. Bring a friend, family member or a colleague from work. Invite them to a blessing called the church.
Esperanza (Hope), Paz (Peace-Shalom) & Alegria (Joy-Happiness) be yours always.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (email@example.com)