Hello, Liberty Church!
I remember watching all the children’s TV Christmas movies with my brothers and sister when we were children. The ones that grabbed my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat all had a similar theme. Christmas was in trouble! If something didn’t happen or someone didn’t do just the right thing, Christmas would be cancelled!
Now, I loved Christmas (I still do!) and I would be so anxious about Christmas not happening and the idea that Christmas could be in jeopardy, was enough to cause me to come unhinged! And then, when everything turned out well in the end, it was such a relief that I would jump and shout with joy!
I look at this year and I wonder what Dr. Seuss would title his Christmas story for 2020…maybe, “The Virus that Stopped Christmas”? I have seen newspaper articles and online articles proclaiming, “Christmas is Cancelled!” It almost sounds like one of those children’s Christmas movies.
In my life, there have been many Christmases that, because of circumstances or life events, weren’t exactly like we would have scripted them. But, I am here to tell you that never once was I ever concerned about Christmas being cancelled! There may have been some traditions or special events that we missed, but no matter what was happening in our lives, Jesus, Emmanuel, was present. No matter what life event was changing our Christmas, we still celebrated the birth of a King unlike the world had ever known, a King born in a stable and laid in a manger.
And so, as we journey through Advent and edge ever closer to Christmas, rest assured that no matter what it looks like, no matter how it takes place, no matter where we celebrate; Christmas is not cancelled! We will thank God for the perfect gift of His Son and we will sing with the Heavenly Host, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to all people!”
Together, let us journey through Advent and toward this glorious celebration of the birth of our Savior!
P.S. SEE BELOW FOR IMPORTANT WORSHIP INFORMATION
Sunday Worship: Because of the rapid rise of local COVID-19 cases and in an effort to keep the church membership, staff, as well as the community safe, the Session has made the decision to forgo any in-person Sunday worship in the Barn through the second week of January (at least). The Session wanted to take away the anxiety of going week-to-week making the decision about Sunday worship. We encourage the church family to continue to participate through our online time of worship.