MID-WEEK MESSAGE 12/6
Last Sunday we began our series B-List Christmas with an exploration of David’s role in the Christmas story. You might not think of David as a Christmas character– he was a king of Israel who reigned 1,000 years before Jesus was ever born– however, his name is the second most frequently mentioned name in Luke’s version of the birth of Christ (Luke 2:1-12). Luke was making the connection for his readers that Jesus was the Messiah they’d been waiting for: born in the city of David, connected to the family of David. And yet Jesus was still totally unlike what they expected.
David’s role in the Christmas story reminds us to let go of some of the expectations we place on ourselves, others, and even God, and instead to be open to how God might choose to work in our lives.
Next Sunday’s B-List Christmas character is another one of Jesus’ ancestors, Rahab. I look forward to seeing you Sunday at 9:45am or 11am!
Don’t forget– this Sunday at 11am is our Christmas Cantata, presented by our Traditional Choir, plus Soaring Sounds Vocal Ensemble and Orchestra. They’ll be leading our entire 11am service in much of the music that our choir is also performing next Friday at Disney’s Candlelight Processional.
So, the 9:45am Modern service will be exactly as it usually is (music, sermon, and communion) and the 11am Traditional service will be the Cantata. So I hope to see you at one or both!
Skycrest Giving Tree: if you signed up to provide Christmas gifts for an SCDC child, please return your gifts according to the instructions by Sunday! If you would like to help provide a Christmas gift for families recovering from homelessness at Grace House, or women at The Haven who have been victims of domestic violence, here are some suggested gifts. Suggested gifts for The Haven and RCS Grace House: gift cards to Target or Wal-Mart, sheets and comforter sets (twin size is most needed), towels, toiletry sets, small home appliances (blender, coffee-maker, etc.) toys for children of all ages. They can be dropped off at either church service, or at the office during the week. Gifts are due by this Sunday, December 10.
Blue Christmas is Monday, December 18 at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. This is a time of hope for anyone who is struggling or grieving during the holidays. Worship, prayer, refreshments, and a short and simple service project.
Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year. We’ll have one service that morning at 10:30am. And our Christmas Eve service will be in the evening at 6:30pm. This is NOT the same service at two different times; it is two totally different services, so plan to attend both if you can!