Hello Church Family,
I often hear parents of adult children talk about how much pleasure they derive from getting everyone together for the holidays. I know my own mother is giddy with excitement when my sister’s crew, as well as mine, join her in the mountains of middle Tennessee. But making such a reunion happen is a tall order these days. For any family. With job opportunities and academic pursuits taking people to every corner of the planet, it’s an uncommon treat to have the entire gang together, if even for just one day.
It was that notion—the hard-to-achieve delight of having everyone together for the holidays—that led us a couple of years ago to “condense” our Christmas Eve services into ONE big, family gathering at 6:00 p.m.
When we had multiple services on Christmas Eve, they were still wonderful. But when we decided to fill up our auditorium for one service, allowing all our siblings-in-Christ to see each other, it became this sort of magical experience to which everyone seems to look forward.
So … TOMORROW night at 6:00 p.m., we will all gather together. We’ll add chairs to the back and sides of the auditorium, as we sing carols, hear beautiful music, and light our candles in celebration of the birth of Jesus. We know how busy this time of year is, so we’ll make sure the service is about one hour. I’m looking forward to seeing you then.