|In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. Joseph went (From Nazareth to Bethlehem) be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1, 5-7)
Yes, those are the words of scripture that announce the birth of our Lord Jesus. Yes, you are seeing them printed and reading those joyous words describing how God came into our world as a human…incarnate….in this July/August edition of the newsletter. And No, I have not lost my mind or at least my sense of time. The reason is that we will be celebrating this wondrous and holy event on Sunday, July 26th with our CHRISTMAS IN JULY worship.
Christmas is a time we particularly give thanks for God’s love — come to us in that infant born in those humble circumstances to common ordinary people — by GIVING. We express our joy by bringing joy to others.
Christmas in July is no different. It can be a time for giving in a special way to bring the love of God into another’s life.
The difference , I would suggest, from our cold weather observance of this glorious event is that this time you might consider focusing your generosity not on your family or friends, but exclusively on others, especially those in need. Do you have a favorite cause or charity that supplies aid and help to those who are not nearly as blessed? Might it be another time to support some outreach ministry of our congregation (i.e. food pantry) or wider church (i.e. world hunger, disaster relief). Use your grace-giving imagination to say in some special giving way, “Thank You Lord Jesus!” by making a gift to allow the Lord to come again.
Then, come to our 9:15am worship on the 26th to sing some carols, hear the story again, and maybe even eat some Christmas cookies at post-worship fellowship…all at CHRISTMAS IN JULY!
Rev. Jimmy Lee Werley