Hello Brothers & Sisters,
Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying time with family and friends.
I have heard from many of you that you have been blessed by the Advent to Christmas season at Grantham Church. Our robust and encouraging services have aided in ushering us all into worship of the coming King. I want to thank everyone who has helped make this time of year meaningful and memorable.
I thought our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service was a special time of worship. There were over 600 people in attendance. The service was intergenerational and reflective of who we are as a congregation. It was a blessing to see so many family, friends, and guests with us in worship. I delivered a homily called, The Untold Nativity Story. Unfortunately, we don’t have the audio, but you can access and read the homily at our website.
We concluded our Ancient Words series on Christmas Day with Immanuel Has Come (5 of 5). We looked at Isaiah 7:14 and the Messianic prophecy about the virgin birth. You can now listen to the sermon if you missed it. Also, you can download the small group discussion questions for further study.
I want to remind you that this Sunday I will not be with you. My family will be in Texas visiting family until January 5. Ron Burwell will be bringing the sermon on Sunday, January 1. If you can be there, I know you will be challenged and encouraged by Ron’s message, What If Jesus Was Never Born?
I will be back on Sunday, January 8 for the beginning of our new worship series on Christ, the Church & the Multi-Ethnic Kingdom. Please join us as we enter a time of listening, reflection, and a congregational discussion around race, reconciliation, and the multi-ethnic Kingdom of God. The special four-week series will feature messages from Woody Dalton and Hank Johnson of Harrisburg BIC. The series will culminate with Peace Sunday on January 29.
Drew Hart, a professor and former student at Messiah College, will be speaking on Peace Sunday. As part of this series, youth and adult Learning Communities will be combined on Jan 8, 15, 22, and 29 to discuss Dr. Hart’s book, Trouble I’ve Seen. Copies of the book are available for sale ($10) in the foyer or in the church office, and everyone is encouraged to purchase a copy and read the first three chapters before the class on Jan 8.
You may have wondered why this is the focus for January. I’ll share more about that in my next Pastor’s email. Stay tuned!
Finally, be encouraged church! God is coming to us. The Holy Spirit is at work in our fellowship. Let us be thankful for what he has been doing. Please join me in praying for 2017 and all that God wants to do through us. Pray that we will be clay in the Potter’s hands.
See you next year!
Grace & Peace,
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