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Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,At my installation service just, a few days ago, Pr. Jerry Kulp mentioned how my face would light up like a kid in a candy store, when he asked me how the call process of Jordan Lutheran Church was going or even now when he asks me how it’s going.

As I ponder what it is I will write, I find my face once again lighting up like a kid in anticipation of what the Advent and Christmas services will be like! It is that anticipation of our first services together that excites me as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Christ child!

But before I get ahead of myself, we begin with Advent which is an interesting liturgical church season that seems to get lost in the hustle and bustle of preparations for Christmas. Advent is a time to look forward; to look forward seeing how God will stir up in you and in me the living presence of Christ. We often think of Advent as a time of preparing for Christ to be born. But God already has done that. God has already been born as the Christ infant child over 2000 years ago, and then raised him up on the cross for you and for me.

I wonder why it is on Christmas Eve as the sanctuary lights are dimmed and the individual candles are lit, why the words of Silent Night touch our innermost soul. You know that place within us where we can truly feel a sense of peace in our lives, even if for only a few verses of a hymn.

Amid our secular world, it is often hard for us to find that silent peace within our hearts daily. So perhaps that is why the words “silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright…” stirs up within us a living presence of Christ. Perhaps, it is in those few verses of inner silence and peace that we truly allow Christ to enter our hearts and touch our inner being, which often does not happen when we are noisy and busy in our daily lives.

This season of Advent and Christmas, I invite you to come together in community, to worship and praise God, to feel that wonder that the angels and shepherds did the eve of the birth of Christ.

My Christmas prayer for you is to be in worship and to experience that most holy place within your heart where Christ stirs up the living Christ within you. May the peace that surpasses all understanding be with you now and always! May the Christ child stir up your heart and illuminate your life! Many blessings for a joyous Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New year!!!!

Love,
Pastor Dody & Jim

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