From Pastor D: Get the Most Out of Christmas
Do you want to get the most out of your Christmas Season? Then forget (for awhile) what you need to buy and what you need to do, and spend some time focusing on the people you will be seeing during the holidays. I Thessalonians 3:9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; The apostle Paul is striving to connect in a deeper way with his friends in Thessalonica. A first step in celebrating a simple Christmas is to connect on a deeper level with the people in your life.
Make a list of the most important people in your life. Thank God for bringing them into your life. Tell them how much they mean to you. If you want to establish a deeper connection with the people you love, make an effort to express your appreciation.
Then for each one write-out a prayer. I Thessalonians 3:12-13: And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. If you’ll take the time to pray for someone in your life, you’ll strengthen that person and you’ll strengthen your relationship to that person.
How you relate to Jesus and then to the important people in your life will determine what kind of Christmas you have. So if you want to have a great Christmas—if you want to go beyond all the holiday hype and experience the joy of a simple Christmas—acknowledge Jesus as the center of Christmas and make an effort to connect on a deeper level with the people you love.
December is full of opportunities to focus on the meaning of the birth of our Lord Jesus, and to interact with others – friends, family, neighbors, co-workers… Here are a few ideas:
Christmas Sermon Series: Christ in Christmas
- December 2nd: Christmas is a Heavenly Idea
- December 9th: Christmas Journey
- December 16th: A Christmas Secret
- December 23rd: Forever Christmas
Invite Someone to a Christmas Event
- Sunday, December 2nd at 6:00pm – Children’s music program, “Catch the Christmas Spirit”
- Sunday, December 9th at 6:00pm – Adult choir cantata, “Changed by a Baby Boy”
- Sunday, December 16that 6:00pm – Spanish choir cantata, “Nacio y nuestro Rey”
- Monday, December 24th at 6:00pm – Family Christmas Eve Service
Online invitation instructions: Visit our website at TRBCphx.org. On the right hand side of any page, just below the service times you’ll see a box that says “TRBC Evites”. You’ll see 2 pictures – representing the next two scheduled Christmas events (to see additional events, click on the right arrow button at the bottom of the box). Just click on the picture, and then click on “Send”. You can also click on “preview” to see what your evite will look like. You can then choose to send an invitation via email, Facebook or Twitter – select the option you want, then fill in the blanks to provide the information needed to send the evite. It’s a quick and easy way to invite someone to a Christmas event!
25 Days of Christmas Devotions
Each day beginning December 1st until Christmas our website will feature a devotion designed to prepare our hearts and minds for Christmas. Each devotion includes a bible reading and practical applications for you and your family. You can also subscribe to receive a daily email, or “Like” our Facebook page to see the devotion in your Facebook newsfeed.
Holiday Food Drive
Help us stock our food pantry with non-perishable food items needed for Holiday Food Baskets or a turkey donation. Items can be placed in the food collection container in the main auditorium west lobby. If you have questions about the items needed, or want to donate a turkey please call the church office at 623-247-5735.