Hello Brothers and Sisters,
It’s a little hard to believe, but Advent is upon us! With all that is going on in the world, I believe this season couldn’t have come at a better time. My family is looking forward to sharing this time of hope, peace, joy, and love with all of you at the Grantham Church.
Advent begins this Sunday and I’m excited to share with you our sermon series focus for November 27 – December 25, as well as a listing of upcoming events that you’re invited to attend this holiday season. Our Advent to Christmas 2016 series is called, Ancient Words. This is a series that beckons us to see the divine nature of the Scriptures by experiencing the power of the Messianic prophecies that were fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. In this series, we will be encouraged to take comfort in knowing that God put signposts in place to direct us to Jesus and trust that he is the promised Messiah.
I hope you will join us over the next five weeks for a fresh look at the ancient words that have been passed down to us so that we might encounter the God who inspired them. I pray that these ancient words empower our faith and give us hope for the future.
Here are some important Advent to Christmas events:
Perspectives (Arts Hub Event) – November 27 at 6:00 pm
African Children’s Choir – November 27 at 7:00 pm
Child Dedication – December 4 at 10:30 am
All Daughters Christmas Tea – December 10 at 2:00 pm
Monthly Communion – December 11 at 10:30 am
Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 pm (more details to come)
Christmas Day Service at 10:30 am (no Learning Communities)
Finally, it was a blessing to worship with you last Sunday in a service dedicated to reflection and thankfulness. We heard moving testimonies from seven people who call Grantham Church their home. If you missed the service, you can now listen to A Time for Thanksgiving at our website.
Friends, it is a real blessing that God has brought us together. Lanna and I want you to know that in 15 years of ministry we have never felt more at home and loved by a congregation. For all those in the adult Learning Communities who recently gave toward our trip to visit family in Texas over Christmas break, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It brought both of us to tears when we discovered the surprise in our church mailbox.
May the Lord bless you and your family this Thanksgiving. And remember, there are those who will find this holiday season a challenge for one reason or another. If that’s you, we pray that you will know the peace that comes from Christ and a comfort from being a part of his family.
Grace & Peace,
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