WEEKLY UPDATE: DECEMBER 29, 2016

Hey Church Family,

How was your Christmas?  I hope it was filled with peace, love and happiness.  If you're anything like me, there was probably a little bit of chaos involved as well.  My wife and I love watching our four kids open their presents on Christmas morning.  It brings us so much joy to see the excitement on their faces as they rip open each gift to reveal the prize inside.  Did you know that our heavenly Father delights in us like that every second of every day because of His son Jesus?  Ephesians 2:13 says, "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ."  It isn't how good we are or bad we are that determines God's love for us.  God's love for us is perfect and complete.  God loves us because of what Christ has already done for us on the cross.  Isn't that refreshing and exciting?

We had two wonderful worship services last weekend: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  At our Christmas Eve service, our children sang "Away In A Manger".   There's just something sweet when kids sing about Jesus!         

As we quickly approach 2017, what better way to start the new year than by worshipping together as a church family and celebrating the Lord's Supper.  The Westminster Confession of Faith explains it this way: "The night Jesus was betrayed he instituted the sacrament of his body and blood, called the Lord's supper, to be observed in his church until the end of the world as a perpetual remembrance of his sacrifice in death and as the seal of all the benefits of that sacrifice for true believers.  It also signifies the spiritual nourishment and growth of believers in Jesus and their additional commitment to perform all the duties they owe him.  Finally, it is a bond and pledge of believers' communion with Jesus and with each other as members of his mystical body." 

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Happy New Year!

Shane