When most of us think about the Christmas story, we picture a neatly packaged nativity scene with a little baby Jesus lying in a manger and Mary, Joseph, some shepherds and a few animals standing nearby. Yet, the events leading up to and following the birth of Jesus were anything but neat and tidy. In fact, the birth of Jesus was mixed with messiness and controversy. You can feel the tension in Matthew 1:18-19 as he describes Mary's pregnancy and Joseph's contemplation of divorce. Then in chapter 2 of Matthew, we read how King Herod, after being outwitted by the wise men, ordered the massacre of every boy in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and younger. This act by King Herod forced Mary, Joseph and the newly born Jesus to flee to Egypt.
Much like the Christmas story of the Bible, many of us may feel torn between the excitement of the birth of Jesus and the global turmoil of today. May I offer one suggestion: allow the Incarnation of Jesus to move you toward a deep-rooted faith in a Savior who indwells his people through the Holy Spirit. God is with us. We can live confidently and victoriously, knowing that Jesus came to "save his people from their sins".
Join us this Sunday at 9:30am, as we continue our Advent series titled, Rediscovering Christmas. This Sunday, we will focus on the word "Peace". Is peace merely the absence of trouble? For Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, trouble was all around them and yet, they were able to experience peace, as they waited on God to reveal His perfect plan...in His perfect time! Come and discover how you can experience the same peace as Mary and Joseph, a peace not based on our circumstances; but rather, a peace based on a God who pardons, a God who is with us, a God who guides us and a God who provides for us.
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 two opportunities to connect. The first is with each through one of our on-campus discipleship classes that meet at 10:45am. (see details below)
Let’s go a caroling!
I will be passing out song with words as we sing acapella style. You’ll know these songs haha!
We’ll meet at Beaverton Lodge (12900 SW 9TH ST) AT 12:15pm to sing in the front entryway. Parking is limited so I recommend a nice short walk or carpooling.
After we sing at Beaverton Lodge (12:30ish), we’ll take a 5-minute walk over to Creekside Village (5450 SW Erickson Avenue) to sing. Use the main entryway.
If you have a fun Christmas hat, shirt, scarf, etc., please wear it! We want to be festive and bring to cheer to everyone we see.
Once we finish with these two locations, we’ll walk (or drive) to 1st & Watson. There is some parking but limited. Meet in the commons (right next to Lionheart Coffee: 4590 SW Watson) at 1pm. We’ll sing one last time. Once we are finished singing, there are plenty of restaurants around us or you can head out.
See ya Sunday!
Thank you for continuing to pray for Parkside Fellowship.
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor