Advent Greetings in The Name of Jesus Christ,
Each year, we go through the motions of getting presents, wrapping presents, and rushing around. The presence of yourself is just as important if not more than presents. Friends in Christ, this season is a unique opportunity to experience the heart of God. Whether it is volunteering at a soup kitchen, giving a gift for a child in need, or attending worship singing Silent Night on Christmas Eve, each is a special opportunity to connect with the Divine. I pray that you will use this time of year to enrich your spiritual walk with God and grow closer as family and friends. There is so much hurt and pain, division and greed in this world. We have to work to change that and to be a Christ-like example as we await the second coming.
This season offers a time for joy and peace, love and hope, but for some it is not that. For some, it is a time of darkness and deep loneliness because of a loss of a loved one. December 21, 2019 happens to fall on the winter solstice which is the longest night of the year since it is the shortest day of the year. Some churches offer a longest night service, but for this year, Conyngham UMC is having a Blue Christmas Service. This service will be on December 21st at 6 PM. We will not be singing Elvis songs about a “Blue, Blue, Blue, Christmas,” but this service will offer you an outlet if the holidays are difficult for you. Maybe the holidays are joyful, but you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the season. If so, this service is for you as well. I invite you to keep an open mind towards this experience and to experience comfort and hope through this service.
We have two opportunities on Christmas Eve to celebrate the Christ Child being Born. The first will be our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00 PM. The message entitled “Godly Christ” will focus on who Christ was and how that fits into the Christmas Story. The second is Holy Communion at 8:30 PM. This brief service will offer the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Communion Table by Candlelight. I pray that you will experience the love of Christ and the promise the Christ Child brings to us in a transformative and unique way on Christmas Eve.
Friends, I want to wish each and every one of you and your family a special greeting and blessing for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Don’t wait until next year to make a difference in the lives of others. Show God’s hope, peace, joy, and love this holiday season to all you encounter!
Rev. Calvin Collins
Pastor, Conyngham United Methodist Church