Monday, November 29, 2010

Celebrating & Serving

I love this time of year! As I sit here tapping away on the keyboard I have Christmas Carols playing in my office and I am probably singing along to some of them without really realizing it!

During this season of Advent, of preparation for Christmas we have a wonderful opportunity to reflect and stand again in awe of the amazing gift of the Christ child.

As we move through this season at The Orchard Church we are taking time each week to celebrate the wonder that Hope has come, Peace has come, Joy has come, Love has Come - because Christ has come and all this and more is found perfectly in Him.

However these next few weeks may be shaping up for you, I plead with you to take time to celebrate the coming of our Savior.

This is also a wonderful time to remember that because we celebrate that Jesus Christ has come we can also celebrate the privilege of serving Him because we have been freed, forgiven and redeemed to do so. Another reason why I love this time of year is because at The Orchard we hold our Annual Vision Banquet. This is a time that we set aside to enjoy a great meal and a fun time of fellowship. It is also a time that we take to celebrate all that God has done in our midst over the year that has past and to look forward to the year ahead and the ministry that He has laid on the heart of our Elders. The incredible truth that we celebrate as we serve, is that were it not for Christ, were it not for the incarnation - God taking on human flesh and dwelling amongst us - we would have no hope. There would be no celebration of changed lives, no rejoicing in His abundant blessings, no joy at being on mission with Him to take the good news to a world that desperately needs to hear.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"
Peace on earth and mercy mild, "God and sinners reconciled."
Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies;
With angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem."

We get to celebrate the wondrous gift of God and we get to join the host of heaven in declaring the good news, "Glory to our King!"



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