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Apostles Lutheran Church

Missouri Synod

Pastor

Dear Friends,
In the winter time of the year we have a lot of holidays that seem to dominate our calendars, beginning with Thanksgiving and going through to New Year’s Day. It is a mixed time of great busyness for some and great emptiness for others. However this holiday season finds you, include gratitude in your schedule. Seasons can feel eternal, but everything in this world is eventually temporary. The insane busyness that often comes with the holiday season will pass. Also the loneliness and feeling of separation that often comes with the holidays will not last. The thing that does last is the life and forgiveness we have with Jesus. The book of Hebrews speaks to that, “ Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12: 28-29 ESV)

Jesus is the reason we have the holiday season to begin with. The reason for Thanksgiving is to give thanks to God for taking care of us and providing for us. The reason for Christmas is to thank God and be amazed that He sent His son Jesus to be born as a human being to be our substitute. By His perfect Life and Death, Jesus gives us new, eternal life full of forgiveness and hope.  New Years is a great opportunity to count the blessings of the year past and look forward to the blessings of the year ahead.  A major reason the holidays can be so stressful is the expectations we and others put on them.

If you are looking at a busy holiday season, include time to remember, reflect, rejoice and be grateful for the blessings from God that the holidays represent. If you are among the lonely, seek out others, especially in the church, during the holiday season. Invite others to be part of your celebrating and joy, share with them the reason that we have holidays in the first place.

Here at Apostles we will worship God on Thanksgiving Eve at 7:00 PM led by me in English and on the morning of Thanksgiving Day Pastor Cabrales will lead a worship service, English and Spanish, at 7:00 AM with a breakfast following, just like last year. You’ll find the Advent celebrations listed elsewhere  in this newsletter. We will be celebrating the eternal things that Jesus has won for us in the midst of the temporary things that the world offers. Invite your friends and be part of the celebrations yourself.

Blessings,

Pastor Andrew