December 1, 2016
Dear Church of the Open Door family,
I wonder if your heart feels anything like mine this week. Ready or not, Christmas is upon us. Get out the calendar and dust off the Christmas decorations because it will be the busiest time of the year once again: Black Friday specials, gingerbread men, Christmas lights, company parties, family gatherings and lots of time and thought given to holiday festivities.
This year we want to invite you to be intentional in turning your thoughts, attention and heart to the coming of our salvation, the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. This season leading up to Christmas is called “Advent” or “coming”, and it is a time of preparation and anticipation of Jesus’ breakthrough as Redeemer and Savior of the world.
There is so much wonder and mystery in this season. God became man: The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory– the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father (John 1:14). An infinite sacrifice was required to pay the price for an infinite debt against an infinite God. An undiminished divine nature and a perfect human nature became united in one historical, divine person – humble Jesus of Nazareth. The Word departed from heaven, became ordinary flesh and came down to mercifully and graciously reconcile, redeem, and transform humanity.
Last Sunday we focused our hearts on the hope that only the incarnation can give. Please join us these next few Sunday mornings as we look at the following:
- Sunday, December 4, Advent Week 2: Peace
- Sunday, December 11, Advent Week 3: Joy
- Sunday, December 18, Advent Week 4: Love
- Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day: The Birth of Jesus
We’ve prepared a couple of Advent tools to help and equip us during this time, and to share with others as we have the opportunity:
- Visit our website or click HERE to watch each week’s Advent video, stories of hope, peace, joy and love from people in our church family.
- Visit our website or click HERE to download a weekly Advent screen saver to your phone.
As you enter the vortex we call the Christmas season, our prayer is that you would know each and every minute that God is for you, He most certainly is with you, and He offers hope, peace, joy and love.
P.S. These next few days hold several special Christmas events here on campus as well: our Women’s Christmas Lunch is Saturdayat 11:00am, our Kids Ministry will bring us our first ever children’s musical – A Star Is Born – Sunday at 6:00pm, and on Tuesday night we’ll all gather for a chili dinner followed by caroling. Plan to join us! Please call the church office or check our website calendar at churchoftheopendoor.com for further information.