This has been quite a year, and it is not quite over yet! For many of us, myself included, 2020 has been the year that we would like to forget. From the COVID-19 pandemic, to racial tensions, to a vicious election season; we need Jesus now more than ever!
We have been struggling in darkness for far too long. But even in darkness, there is light.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)
And Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
This is why we celebrate Christmas. Jesus came so that the darkness of sin and death would be defeated, and all of creation may be restored to wholeness in His Light. One day, Christ will return, and all the struggles of this life will be a mere memory. Until that day, we will still struggle from time to time in darkness, but it is not nearly as dark for those of us in Christ as it is for those who do not know Him. In Christ, we have hope!
Recognizing that this year is filled with more darkness than light for many of us, we will be offering two special times of worship this Christmas. A Blue Christmas service of healing and hope will be on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Traditionally held on the longest night of the year, it is a service where we let Christ’s Light enter our darkness and restore our Joy. Our Christmas Eve service will be on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Due to the continuing pandemic, both services will be streamed online on our Facebook page. If you do not have a computer, you may also tune in by telephone by calling (425) 436-6369 and entering the passcode 484313# when prompted to do so. This phone number is also available on Sunday mornings for worship as well. (Note: there will be no phone option available on December 27.) I hope that you and your family, no matter where in the world they may be, will join us for both services.
May the Light of Christ guide you and yours this Christmas season!
In Christ’s Love,