Dear Faith Family,
Christmas provides a unique opportunity every year for each of us to re-focus. Not only are we reminded of the awe-inspiring, world-changing, life-altering gift that is Jesus, but we are reminded of our need for this Jesus to heal us in our brokenness. That is indeed why he came, isn’t it? To bring an everlasting peace between God and man. This is why the angels declared triumphantly, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14 (http://bib.ly/Lk2.14) ).
As the new year approaches, I want to challenge us, as a church, to impact our world for good. People are in great need, and, more than ever, we need to BE the Church! We need to be people of prayer, faith, righteousness, and compassion. We need to love each other and, above all, love God. Will you commit with us in 2018 to live more fully for Jesus Christ?
These last seven years with you have been a privilege, and we look forward to the many years to come. Deb and I both love you all very much. Your kindness, generosity, and hospitality have been, and continue to be, an immeasurable encouragement. Please continue to pray for us as we seek to shepherd this wonderful flock, with which God has blessed us, with the grace and wisdom you all deserve.
I’d like to close with a benediction I read recently:
May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ Child. God bless you now and forever.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours,