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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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12/13/18 My Faith Community

 
Christmas Eve Worship — Dec 24 — at 5:00 PM

We are half way through Advent — the season of watching, waiting, longing, and preparing. I’ve got to tell you — I love the themes of this season. I do better with Advent than Christmas. I struggle with the dark and cold and sometimes damp of this season. And I worry about our friends who live outside.I long for the day when people are housed and employed. I long for the day when everyone can get the help they need with recovery from addiction and treatment for mental health.
These things are on my heart and mind during Advent and Christmas. I struggle with the being “jolly” part and the “ho ho ho!” But the timeless story about a refugee couple looking for shelter in a little town and ending up giving birth in a stable, I love. The part about “the word made flesh” and a “light in the darkness” — feeds my soul and fills me with hope.
So may this season fill you with hope, peace, deep joy, and love. If you need someone to talk with or pray with, give me a call. We need each other. I am thankful for you — my faith community.
Advent Blessings,
Steve



Pastor Steve Lundin