Christmas Eve with Family This Thursday at 6:30 pm
It’s been a great 2015 here at CrossRoads Church. We hope it’s been a great year for your family. Now as the year draws to a close, we hope your family will help us wrap it up with a bow at our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. If you haven’t had the chance to be part of this service, it’s kind of like most things here at CrossRoads. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s special. It’s about forty-five minutes of Christmas carols, the Christmas story, a few inspirational thoughts, candles, cookies and us together to celebrate our savior on a special night.
What makes it special? Our family and your family. If you have not ever been part of a church where you can feel at home, it’s truly something special. After the shopping and wrapping are done, we just get together to enjoy the evening. For over ten years many of you have made CrossRoads part of your family’s Christmas Eve tradition. We love meeting grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces. We love setting a tone of hope and joy for your family’s evening together. And we love being part of your family’s tradition.
Exciting things are just beginning here at CrossRoads. This January we will begin the new year focusing on one of the most important developments in the history of our church. The exciting part is that it’s about what God is already doing in the lives of people around us. It’s also about you being you. This year we are going to continue to help each other build our lives together to touch the lives of the people around us. It’s pretty amazing what God is doing. We hope you will be ready to ride the wave with us in the new year.
What are the first ten items you would write on a list of things you are thankful for? Your spouse. Your family. Your home. Your job. A friend or two. Oh yeah. This is about the point I have to go back and put Christ at the top of the list. (But, seriously, if you’re making a thanksgiving list at church, doesn’t it go without saying that Jesus is already at the top of the list of people you would say thank you to?)
I think (or at least hope) that people top the list for most of us. If that’s true, when was the last time you honestly told those people how much you appreciate them? This past week I was texting back and forth with one of our ministry leaders. Toward the end of the conversation, they took one text message to simply say, “Thanks for supporting my ministry.” Wow. That meant a lot. It was simple and sincere. Have you noticed how meaningful simple sincerity is in our world full of sarcasm and shiny things.
Say A Simple, Sincere “Thank You”
This morning I want to ask everyone in our church to do something that I think just might revolutionize our relationships here at CrossRoads. I want you to make a list of five people in our church family you owe a simple, sincere “Thank you.” Then, I want to challenge you to settle that debt. This week I want you to say “Thank you” in a way each person will appreciate. Here are the rules: it has to be simple – nothing flashy, nothing expensive. You don’t have to build a cake or anything. Just send a card or a text or take them for coffee. It has to be sincere. No sarcasm allowed. I know. Sarcasm is fun. But, I’m afraid when we say thanks with sarcasm, it still has some teeth. It still causes a little pain.
We are at a very special place in the life of our church. Let’s take a week to say “thank you” and remember the incredible people God has made a part of our journey together.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this morning at CrossRoads, I want to invite you to plan on sharing Christmas joy with us this Christmas season. During the month of December our goal is to give your family opportunities to touch lives, build relationships and invite people to see how much fun and meaningful faith in Christ can be.
Christmas Cheer – Saturday, December 5th
It begins Saturday, December 5th, as we get together to make a difference in families in our area who need a little help with Christmas. It’s so much fun to spend a few hours on a Saturday shopping with friends. It’s also beautiful to watch our children pick out gifts for other children. It’s a great lesson about God’s love in a world that focuses on “me.”
Ladies’ Ornament Exchange – Friday, December 11th
Then on Friday, December 11th, our ladies will get together to share laughs, gifts and goodies at the Ladies’ Ornament Exchange. This is a special night for you to take a break from the Christmas craziness and share an evening with other ladies. If you are new to CrossRoads, be sure to ask one of our ladies how much fun this evening is. And, if you have a friend who would enjoy a ladies’ night, invite them to be part of the fun.
Cookies With Santa – Sunday, December 13th
On Sunday, December 13th, Santa makes a visit to CrossRoads. Santa, really? Yep. The big man in the red suit. Right after church we’ll have cookies and a chance for pictures with Mr. Claus. It’s about family and fun together. (And, if you’re going to get pictures taken with Santa, why not with your church family?)
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Thursday, December 24th
Finally, we wrap up the Christmas season with an intimate Christmas Eve service. It’s pretty simple, really. We take a few minutes Christmas eve to sing some carols, light some candles, read the Christmas story together and remember the gift God has given us in Christ.
Christmas is a special time for us here at CrossRoads. We hope you will be part of sharing the joy of Christ with us. And, remember, friends and family are always welcome!