Monday, December 16

A Blessed Christmas

Dear Savior,
 
Thank you for coming one holy night so many years ago.  Thank you for meeting us in a manger in love and humbleness.  Thank you for reaching out your hand to fill us with mercy and forgiveness.  Thank you for sending us angels to announce your birth so that there would be no doubt as to your majesty and goodness.   Shine a light in our darkness.  Be born in our hearts today and everyday.  Come Lord Jesus.
 
We hope to see many of you here, along with family and friends, at 5 PM this Saturday night for our Christmas Cantata.  Join us for a joy filled hour together featuring special music from our choirs, the Christmas story retold, and beloved Christmas carols sung together.  This is a great way to get into the spirit of the season and an opportunity for those of you who will be traveling or have other commitments on Christmas Eve to celebrate with your faith community.  Bring family members, friends, neighbors, or co-workers for this special night together.

And if you miss St. Andrew's Christmas pageant this Sunday, you will miss out on something really special.  What a beautiful, fun, and moving way to tell the Christmas story.  We will begin 11:00 Worship with Christmas carols played by an orchestra of our children and youth, as well as some adults who have dusted off their instruments for the occasion. We then will turn to the story of the incarnation with children and youth of all ages playing a role in this central story of our faith.     
   
Both our Christmas cantata and  pageant are more evidence of what I have come to love about the people and mission of St. Andrew's: a high value placed on bringing generations of people together in the name of Jesus, committed servants who understand their role and take ownership of it, a treasure of musical talent, the willingness to share that talent, and incredible generosity in supporting the ministries of this congregation and community. As I type this letter, bulletins are being prepared for  the Cantata, the  Pageant on Sunday, and for Christmas Eve which is less than a week away.  I hope to see many of you at worship in the days ahead. 
 
 Saturday December 21 @ 5PM - Christmas Cantata 
Sunday December 22 @ 8:15 AM - Traditional Worship
Sunday December 22 @ 11 AM - Christmas Pageant
 
Christmas Eve
 
4:00  PM - Family Worship
 
A more informal worship experience with familiar Christmas carols, a fun retelling of the Christmas story using puppets, and some of St. Andrew's children participating in the leadership of worship.  This experience, designed to be less than an hour, is perfect for families with younger children, those of you who need to get home to prepare dinner, parties, and family gatherings, and those of you who are young at heart who will have your hearts stirred as we bring the innocent and wise together to praise the new born king.
 
7:00 and 10:00 PM - Candlelight Communion
 
Traditional Christmas Eve worship with familiar carols, special music from our choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists, the proclamation of the birth of our Lord, the celebration of Communion, and gathering with lit candles for the singing of Silent Night.  This is a night of reunion for many St. Andrew's families and an opportunity to bring welcome and blessing to many guests, some who are coming through our doors for the very first time.  Be sure to invite family members, friends, co-workers, or neighbors to join you for worship.  Come join us as we give thanks to God for the greatest gift of all, the life of his Son among us.
 
 Please keep in mind that there will be Christmas music before each of these services.  Come a little early to secure the seating of your choice and enjoy music of the season.  If you do not get to sing all of your favorite Christmas carols on Christmas Eve, join us on the Sunday after Christmas (December 29) at 10 AM we keep the celebration going. with a service of Lessons and Carols.
 
Our regular worship schedule resumes on January 5 with worship at 8:15 and 11AM, Christian Education at 9:30 AM.  Weekly 5 PM Saturday Worship resumes on January 4 as well.
 
On behalf of our staff and Church Council, I wish all of you a truly blessed Christmas and a hope filled New Year.
 
Peace,
 
Pastor Mueller
 
 



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