PASTOR’S PEN
 

The light Shines in the Darkness

 
What is it about a bunch of people lighting candles at night and singing together? I’ve actually had people call the church office before Christmas Eve to ask about the service. Their question: “Will I get to light a candle?”
 
People want to light a candle in the dark. They say it is beautiful and so meaningful. It touches something deep and often beyond the words available to express. But I think it expresses something very important and profound that we need to hear over and over again.
 
December is a dark month and we are living in a dark time. Many are feeling anxious and fearful. It is amazing what a little candle in complete darkness can do. Even more amazing is what 50 to 100 candles in a dark room can do.
 
It is so important that you let your light shine in the world. Even more important is to join with others and shine in the world. We can make a big difference!  What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1: 4 – 5).
 
Thank you to all those who offered leadership and participated in our Christmas Eve Candle Light Service, and to those who provided leadership.
 
Let it shine,
 
Steve


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

 
I love Christmas Eve worship.There is a beautiful mystery being expressed in simplicity. Scripture, prayer, music, and candlelight. That’s all. But it is so nice to be together in worship. Our service is called “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.” I need nine readers. Would you like to be one of them? Give me a call or send me an email. The service will be at 5 PM. Hope you can be there. 
 
Our Christmas Eve lunch at 11:30 will be a big event. We are cooking several turkeys and will probably serve well over two hundred. We are in good shape for volunteers that day. We will have a Rotary Club and a High School Interact Club. Our Police Chief Adele Frese is also coming over to volunteer. If you have not seen one of our big meals, come on over. We may put you to work or you can eat and visit with our guests. 
 
Our friend Barbara, who runs our clothes room is organizing a caroling event at 10:00 AM this Saturday. We are putting a baby Jesus on a bed of straw in a shopping cart and caroling down main street in old town. Good thing to remember that Luke’s gospel tells us that the holy family could not even find a room to stay when the time came to deliver Jesus. That is called homeless. Would you like to go caroling? Join us on Saturday. Does this sound a little crazy? Well, we are “that church.”
 
Blessings,
 
Steve

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Pastor Steve Lundin