We invite you to worship with us every Sunday at 8 AM, 10:45 AM & Spanish service at 10:45 AM. Sunday School is open for all ages at 9:30 AM.
Holy communion is celebrated on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month.
Advent Services: Dec 5th, 12th and 19th
Christmas Eve: 7PM and 11PM Communion
Christmas Day 10:00 AM
When God wanted to keep His promises and spend time with His people, He showed up in person. As a person. Christmas, at its core, celebrates the event in history when God was born as one of us in the person of a baby named Jesus. Christmas is all about relationship. Even though we all love to get stuff, the best gift a person can give is himself. When someone gives of their time, effort, and energy in a relationship, we recognize it. Christ-mas is about the infinite God who took on limits because He wanted to make a relationship with His people and, in turn, with each of us. He took His time, effort, and energy to care about us in our lives and to spend time with us. Our modern way of celebrating Christmas in America can be about anything but relationship. For many today’s modern Christmas can be about impossible expectations we set for ourselves or others set for us. It can be about loneliness. It can be about spending too much and then being under financial strain. Or eating too much and being under a different strain! Christmas, as God created it, is about the relation-ship of God and us, not about impossible to meet expectations.
This year we will have three extra midweek worship services that will focus on our relationship with each other and with God. The theme will be ” Come Lord Jesus, Be Our Guest” (December 5th), “Let Your Gifts” (December 12), “To Us be Blessed” (December 19th). You may recognize this as the common table prayer that many of us teach our children and use ourselves. Few things say and celebrate relationship like a meal. This prayer points to the source of our blessing, celebrates our relationship of grace to the giver, and gives thanks for the gift. We will have a simple potluck at 6:00 P.M. on each of the Wednesdays noted above and then worship at 7:00 P.M. In the spirit of relationship, find someone to bring with you. Invite them and pick them up. Build your relationship with God and with those around you. Your experience of Christ-mas this year will be richer if you focus on the relationships in your life, including with God, rather than on the stuff and the stress.
P.S Look inside this newsletter and you will find other Christmas activities that are happening this month around Apostles, like our Float in the Glen-dale Christmas Parade, the Congregational Christ-mas Party, featuring the White Elephant Gift ex-change, and the Children’s Christmas program. May you be blessed rather than stressed this Christ-mas season!