Journey With Me
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the
heavenly host praising God … “. Luke 2:13 (KJV)
One of my favorite things to do on Christmas Eve after the 10 o’clock worship service is to eat cookies with my family in the office. This will mark the fourth year of this tradition. We turn on the Christmas tree lights, watch the snow fall outside the window, and reflect upon the beauty of the night.
Traditions are important. They give us a feeling of connectedness and of building community together. Being a pastor, I find the traditions and richness of family, church, and holidays to be inspirational and extremely important.
One of many Ridgewood UMC traditions is working as a team to decorate the church for the Advent season. This year we will gather for the hanging of the greens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2. All are welcome to lend your decorating skills and catch an early glimpse of Christmas.
Over the next four weeks, we will focus our eyes, mind, and heart on Mary, Joseph and the Christ child. We will journey with
them and celebrate the joy that comes with birth and new life. Will you take the time to follow the holy family and to discover new adventures?
Christmas is a time of year when beauty and simplicity can motivate us to feel joy. The manger and the lights remind us that there is something special going on, something that we can’t wait to join and be involved in.
We want to be a part of Christmas. In a world that is often absent of peace, we remember that Christ brought light into the
world. He loves people who are unlovable, and lifts up the lowly. He gives sight to the blind and makes straight our path.There is nowhere we can go that He is not there.
We are hungry and thirsty for God, and ready for a birth that transforms us. Church is where we join the road to Bethlehem.
I invite you this Advent to join me in Bible studies, blend your voice with our carolers, and extend a hand to the community as part of our outreach ministries.
We will worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 24, and then celebrate Christmas Eve together at 7 and 10 p.m.
I pray that your holiday season is bright, and that you take the time to honor old traditions, and start new ones.