Let there be jubilation, celebration, and festivity! Christmas is almost here! With the arrival of Jesus comes hope, peace, love and joy. Our joy is found in the promise that one day every tear will be dried, every hurting heart mended, every broken body healed, every torn relationship restored. We are children of the Most High God. The only reasonable response to the birth of Jesus is...joy!
Psalm 126 reads:
"When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, 'What amazing things the Lord has done for them.' Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy."
Join us this Sunday at 9:30am as we conclude our Advent series, Rediscovering Christmas. The joy and promise of Christmas is that the miracle of Bethlehem still happens. God still enters into the reality of our messy lives to restore hope that is found in a relationship with God. We can experience peace from knowing that our sins have been forever forgiven through the love of God made visible in the birth of Jesus. And so on this day, we open wide our hearts to receive Jesus, who brings "Joy To The World".
The point of Christmas is that you and I need a Savior and because of Bethlehem we have one! Let's not keep this a secret. Invite someone to join you this Sunday morning at 9:30am for Christmas at Parkside!
As we gather for our in-person service, Parkside church staff and leadership will be wearing masks and we are asking everyone to do the same. Please consider joining us this weekend at 9:30am...and don't forget your mask!
I want to invite you to stick around after our service for one of our two discipleship classes. (see details below)
See you Sunday!
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor