Message from the Pastor
Are you ready for Christmas? As I write this letter I am not sure how many of you have decorated your house for Christmas. I am not sure whether your tree is decorated or lit. Do you have some presents already wrapped under the tree?
Some of us know the story of “A Christmas Carol” - a cold-hearted moneylender who hates everything about Christmas; he hates the songs, the decorations, the Christmas cheer and the good will it brings. The story continues when Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. After that episode Scrooge became a changed man, helping to keep the Christmas spirit alive for a long time.
On the Christian calendar, Advent comes before Christmas. The word “advent” is derived from the Latin word for “arrival.” It includes the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent helps us to get ready for Christmas. It is a time to prepare and anticipate the arrival of friends, family, and loved ones, but more importantly, it is a time to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
It is a season when we light the four candles of Advent with wonderful themes of hope, peace, joy, and love. The candles also symbolize the prophets, the angels, the shepherds, and the Magi, all major characters playing a role in the birth of the Christ Child. Advent allows us to eagerly await the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, God coming to us in the flesh 2,000 years ago. Now we continue to wait for His advent with the angels to come and receive those who belong to Him.
Just as little children bubble up with excitement as they can hardly wait to open their presents on Christmas morning, we also should anticipate the greatest gift of all:
Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with us!
As we wait for the arrival of our Savior you can join us at Mt. Pocono United Methodist Church and be a part of the wonderful offerings coming up in the season of Advent and Christmas.
Starting December 1st we will continue our annual Silent Auction and Christmas Concert by the Faussettes. The Silent Auctions is 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and the Christmas Concert is 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Please be sure to be here for the Free Christmas Dinner on December 8th from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. This event always promises a good time of fun and fellowship, pictures with Santa, and much more.
The Christmas Cantata will be held Sunday, December 22nd during the 11 a.m. service and is titled, “He come from Glory,” presented by Kurt Faussette and the Chancel Choir.
Finally, you can join us for one or more of the services on Christmas Eve:
3 p.m. - Traditional Christmas Eve Service in the sanctuary
7 p.m. - Family Contemporary Christmas Eve Service with music offered by the Praise Band and with our little ones participating.
11 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in the sanctuary with the Bell Choir and Holiday Band.
December 29th - Combined Service Music Festival at 10 a.m.
Let us prepare our hearts together for the celebration of the Christ Child; He is the reason for the season! He is the Savior of the world! He is the One who brings us hope, peace, joy and love.
Peace and Blessings