A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas programs. The show opens with the following words from the Vince Guaraldi Trio standard “Christmas Time Is Here”:
Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of year
Snowflakes in the air
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share
I love that last line, “Olden times and ancient rhymes of love and dreams to share.” It feels like a reference to Isaiah’s prophetic visions and rhymes regarding the savior’s birth and their realization in the birth of Jesus.
Jesus is after all, the one that all of creation has been waiting for. Jesus is “good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Jesus is the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord, that we have all been anticipating. The one for whom the angles sing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” It’s this Jesus, this Savior, this Messiah, and this Lord that we will gather to worship and adore on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
I pray that you, like Charlie Brown, might find the true meaning of Christmas this year. That above the noise of parties and presents, and perhaps a disappointingly small Christmas tree, you would hear the Good News of Christmas, that a Savior, Messiah, and Lord has been born for us.
Merry Christmas and God bless,
For Jesus. For People. For Community.
Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Worship
12pm – Quiet Christmas Communion Worship
5pm & 7pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day Worship
11am – Casual Christmas Day Worship
Sunday, January 1 – New Year’s Day Worship
9am & 11am – Wesley Covenant Renewal Worship
Sunday, January 8
9am & 11am – 2023 Church Leadership Commissioning