Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
December 19, 2019
Hello, Crossroads Family!
In these days of breaking national and world news, I’m reminded of what Robert J. Morgan wrote about the angel’s message to the shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth. You remember that the message was the following:
“Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. This will be the sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12).
Morgan describes the announcement in these ten ways:
- This is liberating news.Don’t be afraid. The coming of Christ banishes fear from human hearts.
- This is supernatural news. It was given by an angel from heaven.
- This is breaking news. Today…
- This is baby news. Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born…
- This is royal news. … born for you in the city of David.
- This is personal news. I proclaim to you…
- This is global news. … that will be for all the people.
- This is happy news. … good news of great joy…
- This is saving news. Today a Savior…
- This is accessible news. You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a manger.
What wonderful news we have to celebrate this week! And it simply needs to be received and believed … as the shepherds, Mary & Joseph, the wise men, and others did. Some in those days (King Herod, the chief priests and scribes) heard the news, too, but chose to ignore it or tried to squelch it. May the Good News of the Lord’s coming not be lost on us this season.
Worship this Sunday morning, 10:00 at Marmaduke Park.
Due to the resurfacing of the gym floor at the Y, we’ll have Sunday worship at the Community Building at Marmaduke Park. I look forward to seeing you there for an informal time of worship and fellowship! We’ll finish our Advent sermon series on “Christmas Ornaments.”
Christmas Eve Service, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Y.
We’ll be back at the Y next Tuesday evening for a special time of worship and celebration of the birth of Christ. Plan to come and bring a friend or family member who needs to be included! There will be refreshments following the service.
“The celebration of Christmas is a delicious spiritual hors d’oeuvre to eternity, tantalizing us with reminders that the banquet is yet to come, and it will be eternally satisfying.”
— Dan Schaeffer in The Light of the world: Experiencing the splendor of Christmas.
See you this Sunday at Marmaduke!
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