December 13, 2016
Dear FBCD Family,
There was something deeply moving about the scene in our sanctuary on Sunday. In a reverent, joyful, and united spirit, 371(!) of us worshipped Jesus, inspired by the music of Christmas—offered by congregants of at least four different generations. It was a very happy morning for all of us, and a harbinger of good things to come in the new year.
Our Advent season continues this weekend and next. The third Sunday of Advent marks the theme of "peace," and my sermon will address our human hunger for peace—and what difference Christ makes.
Sunday night brings our "Christmas on Clairemont" program, which promises to be excellent and worshipful. Then Christmas Eve we will gather at 6 p.m. for our traditional candlelight communion service, with a message about the Incarnation—how God became one of us. And we will gather at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Sunday morning to have an informal brunch, carol sing, and children's sermon. Advertising has been saying you can 'wear your jammies,' but, well, this is probably just for children.
In the new year, our first sermon series will be called "Things Christians Do." The idea is that Christians are taught in scripture to live in certain ways, to perform certain practices (and abstain from others), and that this Way of Life is the main thing that makes us distinctive and bears witness in the world to the character and claims of Jesus. My first message in the series, on New Year's Day, will be called "Starting Over." The basic idea is that one thing Christians do is change, repent, turn around—start over—when they see that change is needed for faithful following of Christ.
And finally, I hope you are planning to participate in the FBU program on Wednesday nights. Classes fall into three main categories—Christian content, care and support groups, and life skills. Full listing of the Winter term classes/groups can be found at www.fbcdecatur.com/fbu.
Have a great week, sisters and brothers.
Link to the sermon series: Jesus and the Meaning of Christmas, and scroll to the December 4 sermon "Jesus Means Love." December 11 worship was The Music of Christmas led by FreshStart Band and Sanctuary Choir and musicians.