We are expecting a light snow to be falling when we gather for worship at 9:00am on Christmas Eve. What a perfect setting to welcome one another into our gathering and exchange warm Christmas greetings!
We will sing Christmas songs, be led at the Table by Dane Roper, worship God with our first-fruits giving, hear a Christmas sermon from Isaiah 9:2-7 and prepare our hearts for the rest of the week which for many will be a time for family, feasting, and rest.
And for those who are lonely or grieving this Christmas, we pray that our gathering will be a reminder of the comforting presence and unfailing love of our gracious and merciful God.
Tonight in “The Middle” at Lafayette, teenEPIC will have their last small groups of the year in the EPICenter, the children will meet in their classrooms, the Bible study for women will meet in the worship center for those unable to attend on Tuesday, and the adults will wrap up their study of John in the fellowship hall.
You are invited to stay after our worship gathering on December 17 for Cider Sunday. We will share conversation while sipping cider or coffee and munching on fruit, bagels, donuts, and other goodies. You do not need to bring anything, just come, relax, and enjoy.
Lafayette’s 24 hours of prayer has begun. For the next 24 hours the prayer room people will be in the prayer room lifting up prayers of praise, confession, thanksgiving, petition, and intercession.
In James 1:19-27, James teaches by slowing down to listen and getting away from evil, we put ourselves in a position to accept God’s word. Additionally, he challenges us to continue processing the word after we have received it; otherwise, we are like somebody looking into a mirror and forgetting what they have seen. The result of processing the word we receive is the ability to control our words, practice a worthwhile religion the cares for the marginalized, and avoids pollution from the world.
So I want you to pray about one thing you heard in the teaching tonight, asking God to help you process it and apply it to your life.
Lord, help me process teachings I have received tonight so that I will be transformed. Specifically, help me process….
We gathered to worship God on Sunday. We scattered to reflect God on Monday. Now here we are in the middle with an opportunity to be together as we enjoy the week and anticipate Table and Word in a few days.
Tonight at 7:00pm the children will meet in their classrooms, the teens will meet in the EPICenter for their small groups, and adults will meet in the fellowship hall for Steve Dolan’s class on John 18 and 19 with the Bible study for women meeting in the worship center.
After our classes prayer huddles will form in the foyer, fellowship hall, and prayer room.