This is a week we have waited on for a year or more. First, it is Christmas week. No week of the year provokes such childlike delight than this one. As kids we counted the weeks and days until Christmas. Some of that wonder is lost on us as adults but I hope this is a year we can recapture it. Because as a congregation this is a week many of us have been waiting on for almost a decade. In 2006 we completed a Visioning effort that has transformed our ministries in many ways. Providence Medical Clinic, Celebrate Recovery and tutoring are among some of the transformational ministries that are now important pieces of who we are as First Baptist Church. The last piece of the Visioning puzzle was “bricks and mortar.” Today those dreams are about to come true.
I hope you will be here on Christmas Eve as we celebrate the joy of this wonderful season. You will see the fruits of our labors together as we open the Atrium for us to gather in before and after worship. We will worship in two different services The 4 PM service will be “contemporary” in tone and feeling while the 5:30 PM service will be more “traditional.” Hopefully you will see people from both services in the Atrium as you come and go. We will have the opportunity to have pictures taken in front of Payton Miller’s artwork commemorating the trip of the Wise Men to see the newborn king. Hot chocolate will be served in the “multi-purpose room,” adjoining the Atrium. It should be a splendid time for us all.
On Christmas and New Year’s Days we will have one service at 11 AM each day. Christmas worship will focus on another of the great carols of Christmas. Steve and Tracey Edwards will provide stirring special music. Then on New Year’s Day we will hear from some of our college students as they share how their faith carries them as they continue their studies. It will be a great day of worship.
In closing, I want to express my gratitude to you for your patience and faithfulness during our building effort. You have been incredible throughout this process. I hope you will be here Saturday and Sunday to begin a new chapter in the wonderful history of our congregation.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!