The holiday season seems to fly by, doesn’t it? Between shopping, parties, travel and countless activities, we’re almost too exhausted for Christmas before it even arrives. But does it have to be that way? Do we have to spend ourselves entirely and surrender our joy in order to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace? Is it possible to find happiness in a simpler celebration of Christmas?
In this season leading up to Christmas, we’re going to spend some time discovering how God helps us get to the heart of the holiday. Each week in worship, we’ll journey closer to the manger as we allow Jesus to remind us that He came to set us free. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by this whirlwind season, you’re invited to simplify with us as we center on the essence of Christmas.
Please join us as part of your preparations for Christmas!
· Sunday, December 2nd, “Simply Speak” exploring Luke 1:26-38
· Sunday, December 9th, “Simply Family” exploring Matthew 1:18-25
· Sunday, December 16th, “Simply Welcome” exploring Luke 2:1-7
· Sunday, December 23rd, “Simply Celebrate” exploring Luke 2:8-20
· Monday, December 24th, “Simply Jesus” exploring John 1:1-5; 14
· Sunday, December 30th, “Simply Satisfying” exploring Luke 2: 21 - 39
As the scripture that begins this series shows us, this season also offers us a remarkable opportunity to speak simple words of invitation to our friends and family. If there is someone in your life who doesn’t have a faith family to join for celebrating the birth of Jesus? Would you pray and extend an invitation and welcome to that person? You can share posts from Facebook.com/thenewstjohns, or send people to our website at thenewstjohns.com. It is even more effective to simply invite someone to join you for worship or Christmas Eve services. Personal invitations work as well as ever!