Well, we’re off and running. The Christmas season is upon us. Tomorrow marks the first day of December. There is so much to do, and so little time it seems to get it done. Here at St. John’s we are getting the preschool kids ready for their Christmas program on Sunday the 11th. That same day we will have our annual “Advent Event” between the worship services, and that means making party appetizers and treats to eat and recruiting volunteers to host Christmas craft tables. The choir is working hard…very hard…to prepare the Christmas Cantata that will be offered in worship on Sunday the 18th, and even a couple days prior to that at the Touchmark community on the South Hill. We have our Advent Soup Suppers/Studies underway, along with all of the usual activities that go on all year long. In our homes, we are equally “up to our ears in elves” as we set out to accomplish all that is traditionally our personal way of celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. In all of this I urge you, and I urge myself, to take a moment to reflect on why we do all of this, and where we might simplify things a little bit and find some rest. In sending His Son into the world to save us I am confident it was not God the Father’s plan for us to drive ourselves nuts and into exhaustion in celebrating and honoring the event. I think God specifically chose humble, quiet and unassuming people and places for the birth of Jesus to show us that we too should “keep it simple”! The joy of the Nativity is in the fact that God so loves us that He did all of this for us. He sent His Son to live with us, die in our place, and rise to guarantee our eternal life in Him. He did all of the work for us, so that we can rest in Him…at least a little bit…don’t you think?
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009