Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope this letter finds you walking in the knowledge that you are loved by God and that he is everything you need.
We enjoyed a full service last Sunday. If you missed the message, you can now listen to The Suffering Messiah (3 of 5) on our website. We continue our Ancient Words series this Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Advent. Please join us as we consider how God often comes to us in ways we aren’t expecting. We will be looking at John the Baptist as a voice calling in the desert to prepare for Messiah, a figure that was prophesied by Isaiah and Malachi.
Here is a reminder of a few important upcoming events:
December 21 – Lessons & Carols with Friends at 6:30 pm
December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:30 pm
December 25 – Christmas Day Worship Service at 10:30 am
(No Learning Communities on Christmas morning)
Please spread the word that Grantham Church is holding Christmas services. I encourage you to invite your neighbors and bring along your families for an hour of worship with the community of faith. You will be blessed by setting aside time to worship Immanuel (God with us) on these holy days.
It’s been a blessing for my family to share this special season with you. We’re glad that we will be with you for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. I know it will be memorable. Many of you have asked if we will be going to Texas for Christmas. We want you to know that we will be flying out on December 27 and will return on Jan 5. We’re looking forward to being with our family and appreciate your prayers for good health and safe travels.
Finally, I’m praying for all of you during this Advent to Christmas season. Regardless of what’s going on in your life at the moment, God wants to meet you where you are and fill you with His Spirit. Remember that Advent is a season of hope, peace, joy, and love. That isn’t to say that we should feel all of those things in some obligatory way, but instead we’re invited by the Lord to open our hearts and experience that which we need the most.
If you or someone you know is facing difficulties this Christmas, remember what the prophet Isaiah wrote, “say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come…” (Isaiah 35:4). I would also say if you have an anxious heart, remember that your God will come. If you have an angry or cynical heart, remember that your God will come. If you have a hurting heart, remember that your God will come.
Wherever you are right now, remember, your God will come.
See you on Sunday.
Grace & Peace,
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