I always look forward to Christmas, and if my wife would let me the Christmas tree would stay up till July 4. Christmas was a time on the farm when everything got slower and snow covered the ground and the house, the streets and the town were filled with the sights, and sounds of the Christmas season. Many people in the world celebrate Christmas, but as Christians we celebrate with special joy because it announces the day when our Savior came to the earth to rescue us from sin, and death.
Like the song says, “God rest you merry gentleman, let nothing you dismay, remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray, O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.” So worship and bring your friends to hear this best of all good news. Here are the special events of the Christmas season:
- Advent Candle lighting. Every Sunday, we will sing carols and light the Advent candles.
- Christmas celebration, Sunday, December 21. The children will sing and have a play. Also our international students have formed a choir and will sing, and there will be the Christmas message.
- Shida night market caroling. On Saturday, December 20, buy your lunch and come to the fifth floor at 5:30 pm. We will eat dinner together, practice the carols and then go to the Shida Night Market at 7 pm to announce to our friends and neighbors that Jesus Christ is born! At the end you are invited to come to our home for hot chocolate.
- Holiday dinner, Sunday, December 21. The church will buy the hams, and turkeys. Everyone is asked to pitch in by helping provide the “sides.” This Sunday and next you can sign up to help out.
- Christmas Eve service, December 24, 7:30 pm. This will take place in the 4th floor chapel. It will be a traditional service of lessons and carols, and readings in different languages from friends from all over the earth. Afterward (weather permitting) we will gather on the roof to sing carols, light candles and drink hot cider together.