By: Dr. Michael Gardner
“I've told you these things so that my joy may be in you...” (John 15:11)
This coming Sunday, Old Mission will host one of the most inspiring events I know for the Christmas Season. On December 17, we will be offering the sixth year of our musical Christmas Celebration for all ages that we call Old Mission Christmas.
Worship Celebrations will be offered at 9:00 am and 10:30 am – so note the departure from our usual schedule for this special Sunday.
Our Sunday School children, Children’s Choir, Youth Singers, an Orchestra featuring two dozen Old Mission musicians and youth, String and Brass Ensembles, our Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, and Worship choir, will all offer THE story of Christmas. So, don’t miss it. It is something to behold and will bless you! It is also one of the best opportunities I know to invite your friends, neighbors and family. You never know how stressful the holiday season might be for someone. Most of us certainly know how dark and discouraging the daily news seems to be. What a great opportunity to claim some light and life and joy! I remember our first year for Old Mission Christmas back in 2012. I was new to the Church, and wondered out loud what it would be like if we put our separate Christmas special music programs together? Our musicians, staff, leaders and congregation invested in the idea - and the rest is now history!
Now, Old Mission Christmas is the highlight of my holidays! And Christmas Eve is just a week afterward! Please plan to come and join us then for a combined Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10am for the 4th Sunday in Advent. Then plan to come back Sunday night for Candlelight and Communion services on Christmas Eve with Contemporary Worship at 5:00 pm, Lessons and Carols at 7:30 am, and Traditional Christmas Festival Services at 11:00 pm. Again, a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors. Old Mission does Christmas well!
Join us for either of our services this Sunday at 9:00, or 10:30 am. And in this busy holiday season, remember that I am wishing and praying for you to find great joy for your everyday life and always!
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