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 in all Sunday services.
We have arrived once again at the holiday season. Or the busy season. Or the season of stress when many of us try to fit in extra celebrations, extra travels, and extra bills into lives that are already pretty full. For some it is even a season with some depression as we face a holiday season without a loved one.
What this season really is, more than anything else, is one long season of thanksgiving. Use Psalm 118:1 as your theme for this season, “Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever”. On All Saints Sunday (Nov.3) we remember all the saints (people who trust in Jesus) including the famous ones from history, the ones we knew personally here at Apostles who have now gone to heaven, as well as the ones who are still here. We thank God for their example to us and encouragement for us as we live this life together. In His mercy God has given us each other. Give thanks to The Lord.
The first day called Thanksgiving Day was celebrated by Christians called Pilgrims who thanked God for His mercy by providing them food and shelter to see them through a harsh winter. God shows His mercy by providing our physical needs. That’s what we celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November. Give thanks to The Lord.
Next up is Advent where we thank God that He doesn’t forget His promises. He showed His mercy and goodness when He came in the person of Jesus to live and die and live again for the forgiveness of our sins. Since He kept His promise to come the first time, we know He will keep His promise to come a second time an gather all of His people to Himself in heaven. In Advent we have something to remember and something to look forward to. There is better ahead of us than whatever is behind us. Give thanks to The Lord.
At Christmas we celebrate an amazing mystery. We come together and give thanks for the All -Mighty and Infinite God, who in His mercy and goodness took on human flesh and blood and became one of us. He knows what it’s like. He gets it. As we travel through this life we have a God who has experienced this life with all it’s ups and downs. He knows and He cares. Give thanks to The Lord for He is good. His mercy endures forever.
If this holiday season is like others, there will be happiness, joy, disappointment, emptiness, excitement and stress in mixed measure. By focusing on God, make the holiday season one long season of thanks. There will be joy and happiness no matter what the season holds. Give Thanks to the Lord for He is good. His mercy endures forever.
There will be many opportunities here at Apostles to worship God, celebrate the holidays and enjoy each other’s company. Look in the rest of this news-letter for the details (and your friends are always welcome).
Peace, Pastor Andrew