A Christmas Eve Invitation.

2014.12.24 A Christmas Eve InvitationIf you’re in the area and you don’t have a church home for Christmas Eve, I invite you to Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. There are worship services at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, and 11:00pm. All of them have different focuses you can learn more about, be sure you check the website to learn about parking options, and I’ll be at the 12:00pm (preaching), 7:00pm, and 11:00pm worship services. Come and see.

I wrote the following for the Christmas Eve worship bulletins at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church and thought I’d share it here. Christmas brings on a menagerie of emotions. Perhaps these words offer reflection on welcoming the Christmas season.

Sisters and Brothers,

The season of Advent, this time of waiting and longing, is closing. In Christmas, a new time begins.

It is a time filled with faith in a creative God who steps with us.

A time filled with hope that death, violence, and evil do not have the final word.

A time filled with joy for the comforting, healing Holy Spirit.

A time filled with love of pieces gathered to form one whole.

And it is a time filled with the peace of a living Christ, God’s great gift to the world.

So light a candle. Sing a song. Whisper a prayer.

And do not be afraid, for the Christ child has arrived.

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Thank you for reading my blog, The Life Mosaic, through both its busy days and days it’s like a ghost town. I’m so glad you’re here!

Merry Christmas and God bless you.

-nm

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