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What Role Would You Play?

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What Role Would You Play?
What role would you be willing to play in the Christmas pageant next year?

As a lady would you be willing to take on the role of Mary? You know be a young pregnant teenage girl that was going to be used in a significant way.  Men, do you see yourself playing the role of Joesph? Traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem by foot with a young pregnant lady riding on the back of a donkey.

How about the role of the shepherds? Bringing all the animals to the area just to witness the King. Or maybe one of the 3 wisemen.  Taking a two year journey following a star just to grab a glimpse of history. 

How about Herod, you know saying one thing and doing another? King Herod came to reign following Alexander the Great, he was one that sought the government title of king of the Jews. In doing so he promised peace to the Jews and protection. Caesar's council approved his persuasion, hence sending him from Rome to Jerusalem as the king of the Jews. He was smart, calculated, and self-serving.

Honestly Herod intentions really was not much different than ours when push comes to shove. He said that he would go to the site and Worship "The King" but really he wanted to make sure that he was going to be able to hold on to what was his.  His job, his role, his title as king of the Jews.

Herod was so focused on his own self appointment that he did not, nor did he want to, make room for the Christ child.  Again I ask; How many times have you said "I have no room...?"
Pastor Jeff
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Candlelight Communion - Christmas Eve

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The celebration of Christmas has so many meanings. There are family gatherings, office parties, school programs and then there is church.  It is one of the two times a year that the church is unified. We come together because of one non-negotiable commonality.  The person and Lordship of Christ, Emmanuel “GOD WITH US!”  It is that most long awaited, wonderful time of the year. 

Just today I have been able to witness both “the joy of the season” and “the end of life journey.”  Both events ended with the Glory of the Lord and His presence being a present that is for all of us that believe and accept Him as LORD!

The “joy of the season” was witness by observing the singing of our Child Enrichment Center Children. They gathered with family and neighbors to celebrate and share the songs, sounds, and story of Christmas.  We gathered with phones and cameras in hand to capture the moment that a child shared with the residents of the Union Avenue Baptist Towers. They shared the excitement of Christmas.  From Rudolph to Jingle bells the fun began, then…the children became Angels, Shepherds, and Wise Men.  As only a child could they told with us - “Emmanuel”.  They wished their parents, and the residents a true smiled filled Merry Christmas!

Then a couple of hours later I participated in “the end of life journey.”  From the young, excitement filled child, to the cold hard ground of the grave to lay to rest an old friend.  Even during this time of year “life” continues and yes “life” does end. But…but this event, this gathering also ended with the Glory of the Lord.  As is often said, the end that was witnessed here was the beginning of a much better life, that being eternity with Christ. 

In the busyness of the season, or in the moment of just a few hours, take the time to “soak” in all the aspects of Christmas that the Lord reveals to you.  Make sure that church is a part of your traditions, your celebrations, and your commitments for the New Year.  Whether you are traveling or staying at home, attend church this weekend.

Here at Union Avenue our service times are as follows;

Christmas Eve - 6pm - Communion and Candlelight
Christmas Day - 11am - Long Awaited - The Christmas Story and Songs
New Year’s Day - 11am - Prayer and Song Service.

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