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Christmas Praises 19

James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

christmas-7During the month of December I have asked some members and friends of our church to write a paragraph or so describing some of the things that bring them joy this Christmas season in their relationship with Jesus and First Church? They were asked where they see Jesus in their church family? They were asked what draws them to First Church. The reason for this is to stir up some joy and excitement this Christmas Season. I told them I would share their thoughts anonymously – but I am keeping their e-mails for sure. I will try to post a comment a day for December so obviously I need 31 comments. The posts will go up around noon each day.

I see Jesus in the lives of many who attend First United Methodist Church. The warm and friendly way that I was greeted when I first attended the church has continued. What I love the most about our church is the diversity. The flags in the entrance area represent just a slice of the diversity in our church family. Pastor once said that we had over 40 nations represented in our congregation. This diversity is evident each and every Sunday. For me it is a slice of heaven where all of God’s people will be united. In a world where we are often judged by our skin color or the accent we have I feel accepted and appreciated in our church. This Christmas my wish is for everyone to have a blessed time however that looks for you. For me it will be time off work and time with my family. It will also mean coming to worship on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I hope to see my church family.  

I praise the Lord for the testimony. I hope that it brings those who read it great joy. Merry Christmas to one and all.

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December 19, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Encouragement, Family, Personal | , , , , , , ,

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