Grace For Your Day December 21

As we all know, the holiday season is upon us.

With all of the Christmas music and Christmas trees and Christmas decorations going up around town, it is hard to ignore the fact that the Christmas is finally here. Even though it does not feel like it normally does due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it is still the time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Christ and we are planning to do that this year with our 3rd Annual Children’s Christmas Eve Service at Grace Fellowship Church. We have done this for three years in a row now but our children are going to tell the Gospel story to us in a creative way by acting out stories from the Old Testament.
In order to do this, the families in our church are going to act out, draw, and read the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Jacob and Esau, the Exodus, the Battle of Jericho, and Nehemiah just to name a few. Then they will record their presentations and send them in to the church in order to be compiled into one big video that we will post on our You Tube Channel on Christmas Eve. This should be an exciting event because it is the first time that we have had so many families involved in one video for the church. The participation has been tremendous.  
At the end of the program, I will also be preaching the last sermon in our Elders’ series on “The Birth of Jesus.” Kevin Laser and Quentin Smith have already preached on the Angels and the Shepherds so I will finish up the series by looking at the Wise Men with you. They are interesting because they are the only Gentiles in the Christmas Story. They are the only ones who came from outside the nation of Israel which is significant because we all can relate to them. We have all come from outside the nation of Israel too but the Lord has saved us. He has brought us into His kingdom through Jesus and we need to remember it this time of year. We need to remember that Jesus is our Savior just as He was theirs.

All of this is to say that this should be a wonderful evening together. Even though we cannot celebrate Christmas in person, we can still celebrate it in this creative way. Please join us as we do so. My prayer is that the service will lead us all to repeat these words from the Wisemen in Matthew 2:2: “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” – Jeremy Cagle

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