From the Pastor’s Desk:
I love this time of year. We walk through the season of Advent in expectation of the coming Lord and we celebrate and remember his birth on Christmas. It is a time of year that is filled with smiles and laughter. The time of year for traditions some new and some old. A time where we sing the wonderful Christmas carols and welcome each other with a smile and a hug. I know that each of us have a full schedule during this season, but I am hoping we can start a few traditions and keep some of the old ones together.
A yearly tradition in our church is to have a congregational meeting followed by a great time of fellowship. This will take place on Sunday December 8 after the service. We will be going over the last year of ministry at Trinity, electing elders and deacons, and looking forward to what God may have for us in 2020. This is followed by a pizza lunch and a wonderful to grow as a church family. All are invited to stay.
One tradition that the church I was involved with in Cedar Rapids has been doing for the last couple of years has been an ugly sweater Sunday. Where we invite everyone to wear a Christmas sweater to church. The uglier the better. I would like to invite all of us to pick that special outfit for December 15 and come ready to worship God in that Christmas sweater.
On December 22 we will be having our traditional children’s Christmas program. This year there will be many families involved in telling the story and pointing the congregation to Jesus. This is perfect opportunity to bring a neighbor or a friend to worship the coming King!
The Christmas season would not be the Christmas season without a candlelight service. On Tuesday December 24 at 6 pm we will be hosting our Christmas Eve candlelight service. During this service we will invite everyone to look for and find the greatest gift of all. The service will close with the lights low, the candles light and the carols being sung.
There is no better way to close out the church year than by having our contemporary worship service on December 29. This service will be led by members of Trinity Reformed and will end our Advent series as we prepare for the start of a new year.
I look forward to looking at this season with new eyes with all of you as we look at the stories of the wisemen, shepherds, Mary and Joseph and King Herod. May we see this baby in a manger with fresh eyes this year and be transformed for the year to come!