Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Very Special Christmas Eve

Join us for a very special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the River!

"Come Home for Christmas" has an extra special meaning this Christmas. Many of us have been 'Displaced' in one way or another. All of our lives have been interrupted or inconvenienced at the very least. We have all been displaced from our church home.

But this is not the first Displaced Christmas, or the first time the lives of God's people have been interrupted. That very first Christmas a young couple, trusting God, found themselves displaced and in an uncomfortable situation. Giving birth to a Son on the floor of a barn, in the company of a donkey and some camels, days away from the comfort of home and family. Yet God was with them. 

And He is with us. 

Listen to the promise that God gives His people in Jeremiah;  "I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."  Jeremiah 29:10,11

Ultimately that home and hope is Heaven. Jesus was 'displaced' so that we could come home again. He left His home, and stepped into our mess to make a way for us to come home. That is the Christmas story.


This Christmas we are going to celebrate our 'Displaced Christmas' together, in a special way . Our building is much like the manger that very first Christmas, minus the animals! Some dirt floors. Some missing walls. Maybe a little uncomfortable. Maybe a little inconvenient. But He will be there. He will be with us. That is His promise. 

We can promise you a safe, warm place... and a special message for those who know what it means to be displaced.

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord."