Good Folks, it is Friday, November 15, 2019. I can almost smell the baked turkey (thigh is my favorite), cornbread stuffing, giblet gravy (yummy), green beans and a large slice of pumpkin pie with Cool Whip on top. Lest I forget, a large glass of ½ & ½ ice tea. Followed by Cowboys football. Now, that is Thanksgiving. At least for me. Although Thanksgiving Day is 13 days away, it will be here before you know it.
I cannot believe that there are Christmas lights already on display in our subdivision. For the longest time, I always held to the traditional belief that the outdoor lights would not be on until Thanksgiving Day and your Christmas tree would begin to be decorated at that same time. Who remembers that Christmas cards would not be mailed until Thanksgiving Day or shortly thereafter? Traditions.
Six years ago when we arrived at this church, I was amazed how the church community gathered to decorate the sanctuary with the garland above the choir loft, the Chrismon Christmas tree with handmade Chrismon ornaments, the huge tree in the Narthex and looking forward to the special services in December. Traditions.
This year, this event will be on Sunday, November 24, immediately following the morning worship service. I will have a variety of pizza flavors to feed those that are able to stay and make this tradition happen once again.
The Chancel Choir, under the leadership of Reverend Steve Sobczak, will have a special Christmas music program on Sunday, December 8, at 10:30 AM. You will not want to miss this event. We will have a small orchestra joining the choir that morning.
Preview: Tuesday, December 24, we will have two services at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Both will be candlelight with the 9:00 PM service incorporating the sacrament of Holy Communion. Special music from the Chancel choir, Stephanie Schroeder, Boeun Kim Lee, myself and others singing some of this season’s favorite songs. Traditions.
Send me a tradition or two from your family. Oftentimes, these traditions become but pleasant memories in our soul.
Send me your favorite Christmas song. You never know, it just might get sung this season in church.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PS: Invite someone to church. Their future will never be the same.