This Sunday is an important day in the life of our church… It’s our 2015 Community Carols! Each year we have a theme for our Carols event, and this year the theme and focus is ‘Joy’. This is a particularly appropriate theme because in the Gospel of Luke we are told that the coming of Jesus Christ to earth is all about joy!
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
I often wonder what God sees this time of year when He looks at our community, our city, or our suburbs.
I think more than lights or gifts or well-decorated Christmas trees, He sees people. He sees people busy with all different kinds of activity—people in buildings, people driving, people at home, people shopping, people going from place to place, people lost in the crowds. God sees people.
And amidst all the activity of Christmas, God sees you. He is aware of you and cares about you. It was His great love and joy that moved Him to send his most precious possession: His only Son Jesus to come to us and to bring us joy.
This time of the year there is so much going on, but don’t get lost in the busyness of Christmas activity. Remember that Jesus came not to be just another brick in the wall of our busy lives, but to be the foundation of our entire lives. Don’t confuse spiritual activity with spiritual maturity this Christmas.
Jesus came to earth to bring us joy. Don’t leave Jesus in the manger, but follow Him, serve Him, and surrender to Him, our Saviour and Lord.
And let’s share this good news of great joy with others. Who are you inviting along to the Carols on Sunday afternoon? Who could you ring or text right now?
It all happens from 3pm Sunday beginning with the pre-event and then the main event from 7pm. I look forward to seeing you there!
May we all find Joy and Peace that is real and personal this Christmas.
Pastor Michael Thurlow