Pastor’s Advent and Christmas Letter, 2018


Thanksgiving was a blessed day, filled with gratitude, turkey and pumpkin pie, surrounded by family and friends, near and far!  What a joyful way to begin the Advent season which brings us to our Christmas Eve service @ 7 PM, that commences with lessons and carols and concludes with our traditional ‘Candle Lighting’ ritual as we sing ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Joy to the World.’  Yes indeed!  The season is upon us and the celebration of Christ’s Birth is near at hand!

My prayer for one and all, is a pray which instills a ‘Shining Star’ for all to follow, reminding each one of us to strive to find a way to remember what this season is all about!  Praying that in our remembering we shall seek out ways to pass-on the message of Hope – for there are so many of our neighbors that need to be lifted-up!  Praying that our hearts will be filled with Peace, as we live into this season of Christmas!  My prayer continues as we live our lives with Joy – as we go about our day-to-day activities, one joyful moment at a time!  Let us always feel the Love of God in our hearts being constantly reminded that the love of God culminated on that first Christmas morning, as the ‘Light of God’ was born to ‘Shine’ in the world; overcoming the darkness that lingers all around us!

Prayer is certainly something we all ought to keep close and use frequently, as we hustle and bustle through our shopping lists, buying Christmas gifts, addressing and mailing Christmas cards and all our annual traditions, including a party or two here and there.  Make time on your busy schedule to visit your local church on Sunday’s and celebrate with others on Christmas Eve in a service which points us to the presence of the ‘Light of God!’

I pray that you will feel God’s hope, peace, joy and love this season!  Letting every Christmas light, decoration and ornament, remind you of the ‘Shining Light of God’ which was transmitted to all the world – at the dawn of the early light, on that first Christmas morning.

Have a Blessed season & have a very Merry Christmas!   

Pastor Tim Woodard

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