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Greetings from Pastor Chris Hardy
November marks the beginning of the “Holiday Season” in which we prepare our hearts, our homes, and our busy schedules, for Thanksgiving and Christmas. At Diamond, this will be a time in which we will be intentional about slowing down and giving thanks for God’s abundant blessings.
Each of the first four Sundays in November we will celebrate Holy Communion – a different way each time – as we give thanks to God. We will also begin our “Give Thanks” sermon series on November 1st in which we will name some of our particular blessings. We will begin by remembering our deceased loved ones as we celebrate All Saints Day, giving thanks for God’s assurance. Next we will celebrate our missional work as a denomination as we discuss the Imagine No Malaria project. In our third worship service we will recognize those that have selflessly given themselves for our rights and freedoms. Our series will culminate as we celebrate God’s creation.
My hope and prayer is that we take the time to remember, to be intentional about focusing on the positive things in our lives, and to appreciate the abundant blessings that God showers upon us. Life isn’t always joyful, nor is it always easy. However, as we find ourselves in the season of Thanksgiving, it is important to give praise and thanksgiving to the Father Almighty, our Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit, for their active work in our lives. We have so much to be thankful for.
As we all know, the calendar quickly transitions from one season, right into another. Christmas is a time that we celebrate God incarnate, or God with us. Christmas should be the time that we give thanks and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Far too often though we get caught up in the overeating, overspending, materialism and the busyness of the holiday season that robs us of our peace and joy that is supposed to be Christmas.
Beginning this Advent we will be engaging in a five-part study that will remind us the true purpose of Christmas – Jesus Christ. We will be reading Christmas Is Not Your Birthday written by Rev. Mike Slaughter. This easy-to-read book reminds us to place Jesus at the center of our Christmas celebrations so that we can experience the joy of knowing that Jesus is truly with us. Instead of focusing on food and gifts, we are reminded to live and worship sacrificially as we give thanks for all that Christ has already given freely to each of us.
The study will begin on Wednesday, November 25th at 10:30 am and continue each Wednesday thereafter, ending on December 23rd – each session will last an hour. You may purchase your own copy of the book in whatever format you prefer, used or new. Or, if you would prefer that I order the book for you, please place your order with me no later than Sunday, November 15th. New copies of the book are $10.
Let us take the time to slow down intentionally and focus on our blessings and all that we are to be thankful for. I pray that this holiday season finds you and your loved ones well. May the hope, love, joy, and peace of Jesus Christ be with you.
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