The Spirit of Christmas!
“Do you have the Christmas spirit?” What is it? How do you get it?
Is it that warm feeling that comes from giving to others or when we are on the receiving end of the giving? Does it come from the parties and gathering with family & friends? If so, what about those families that have faced sorrow or death? What about those folks that can’t afford the lights, gifts and parties? Can they have the Christmas spirit?
Let’s share the Good News! Christmas spirit is not wrapped up in gifts, turned on by lights, or energized by having company in the house.
Its source is heaven, for the gift is that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son” (John 3:16).
Money, laughter and human love can’t produce the Christmas spirit. God produces it. God not only gave the first Christmas present, He attached a never-ending promise: “Whoever believes in Him (Jesus) shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16b).
Don’t sit at home this Christmas trying to get in the right mood for Christmas. Don’t run around frantically looking to find it.
The Christmas spirit is wrapped in God’s love and is tied with the ribbon of His Word. It’s just what everyone needs. Rejoice in it! Invite others to rejoice with you as we celebrate the human birth of the eternal Son of God – our Savior!
Lord’s Supper – Jesus Comes to you! Advent Means Jesus Is Coming! We need His constant coming to our hearts to be prepared for His coming on the Last Day for judgment. Jesus comes to us in a special way in the Lord’s Supper to forgive our sins and increase our faith in Him and our love for one another. To offer the blessing of Christ’s real body and blood given and poured out for us, we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper in the following services during Advent and Christmas: Sunday Worship Dec. 3, 10, & 31, 9:30 a.m.; and Christmas Day, 11:00 a.m.
Advent by Candlelight” – Sunday, Dec. 3, 4:00 p.m. Women, see the information on the entrance counter and the bulletin board display downstairs. Consider being a table host/co-host. Invite family & friends.
Wednesday Advent Worship These quiet, beautiful services prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s birth. Services are December 6, 13, & 20 - 7:00 p.m. Our theme – “Prepare the Way of the Lord.”
Our Holy-Day Worship Schedule
Sunday Youth Christmas Service December 17, 9:30 a.m. (followed by Christmas Dinner).
Christmas Eve: Sunday, December 24,
4:00 p.m. Youth service and candlelight
7:00 p.m. Candlelight – Word & Song
Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 11:00 a.m. The Christmas Gospel in Word & Song rings out! Christ born to save us comes in the Lord’s Supper to forgive and strengthen us in faith and love. We worship our Saviour and King!
Sunday School Christmas Service The teachers have sent home lessons & songs for the children to learn so they can have the joy and faith-building experience of learning & sharing the Christmas Gospel. Rehearsals are the Sunday School hour Dec. 10 & Sat., Dec. 16th, 10:00 a.m. - Noon followed by our Christmas for Kids from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Christmas Caroling is Sunday, December 10th, after worship. Bring a chili recipe for lunch. We’ll then go caroling to our “shut-in” members. Everyone is welcome. Please sign the list on the counter to join us.
Christmas Dinner is December 17th after worship. Please sign up for menu items to bring on the list on the entrance counter or on the sign-up genius form sent in our weekly e-mail. Note – there is an opportunity to help set up for the dinner after the Christmas for Kids on December 16th, and we’ll need help in cleaning up after the dinner also. Sing up for food – and to assist with set-up and clean-up. Thank you!
Christmas Eve – How can you serve? We’ll need greeters, ushers, and parking lot attendants for our Christmas Eve worship service. Please sign on the list on the counter to offer your service to our Saviour.
New Year’s Eve Worship Since we’ll celebrate Lord’s Supper in the morning worship for the Sunday after Christmas, our New Year’s Eve Worship, Sunday, December 31, 7:00 p.m. will be a service of Word and Prayer as we enter a new year.
Sunday School & Bible Study will not be offered Dec. 24th or 31st. We resume Jan. 7.
Invite a family member or friend to Christmas worship. Let them know of our Savior whose birth we celebrate. Our website offers our messages and other information about Jesus and His Word. www.mountainviewchurch.org. Be a friend of Mountain View Lutheran Church on Facebook.
2018 Religious Calendars are in your mailbox. Share extras (on the counter) with family and friends to bring God’s Word as a daily encouragement into the homes of your family and friends.
Give the Gift of Warmth to Someone in Need: We’re planning to stuff stockings for the Mustard Seed homeless shelter. We’ll insert the booklet, “What Jesus Means to Me.” Items you can bring: Underwear, ear plugs, McDonald’s gift card, Travel-size tissue, Transit tickets, Hygiene items – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, hairbrush/comb, lip balm, disposable razors, nail care items, band aids, pen & notepad and thermal/wool socks. Bring items to church prior to
Dec. 16 since our children will stuff the socks during the Christmas for Kids program following their dress rehearsal that day. Thank you!
Meditations: The new issue of these daily devotions begins December 3. This year’s devotions take us through the main teachings of the Bible, as summarized in Luther’s Small Catechism. What a wonderful way to let God’s Word ring out in our hearts throughout the week! Pick up your copy from your mailbox, and share extras (on the counter) with family & friends.