Beloved, good morning,
I pray this note finds you well. As you celebrated Christmas yesterday, I pray your day was an enjoyable one. I pray you were able to spend time with family and loved ones.
Last week, we were discussing the coming of Christmas. Now, can you believe Christmas has come and gone? Some of you are probably reflecting on the eventful day of opening gifts and sharing with family and friends. As you reflect on all of the unwrapped gifts, know the greatest gift to the world, was the gift of God’s Son, Jesus the Christ.
Beloved, never forget the real meaning of Christmas. God loved us so much, He sent His own Son into the world for us. Christmas is about God’s intervention on our behalf. Jesus took on bodily form to come into this dying world, and offer us life more abundantly. I am so grateful for the gift and grace of God towards me, and how blessed I am to have Christ in my life.
Early Sunday morning, at approximately 1:30 a.m., many of our youth will board a bus traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the National Inspiration Youth Convention. Our prayers are with them as they travel over the busy highway. However, I want to strongly encourage you to plan to be with us in two of the remaining services of this year. Please join me in our last Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2015.
New Years Eve is a service unique to the African American tradition that harkens back to the days of slavery. On that night, slaves watched and waited for news of the signing of The Emancipation Proclamation.
Each year we gather at 9:30 p.m. for prayer and at 10:00 p.m. to close out the year with our family and friends in the presence of God. We also bring in the new year asking for and seeking God’s guidance in the coming year. Come out on New Years Eve and join us in thanking God for the year He has brought us through, and ask Him to bless and be with us in the year ahead.
In preparation for the word and worship on Sunday, let me encourage you to read Matthew 2 as we focus on verses 1-12. We are concluding our series on “Christmas Conversations.” I will be preaching from the subject “The King is Born.”
Please remember to be in prayer for the sick, the bereaved and the shut-in. Pray for our seniors and pray for Mother Lee Dessie Burney, Lottie Hamilton and Lillian Blusaw, the daughter of mother Hammond. Mother Mae O. Smith’s funeral service will be Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Beulah Baptist Church. Mother Smith was a faithful member of our church for over 20 years.
Know that I love you, pray for you and I am glad to be, your pastor
Beloved, good morning,