This Sunday at First Wayne Street, we are continuing our “Christmas at the Movies” Advent worship series. Last Sunday, we talked about the hope that is found In Jesus. This week, we will talk about peace.
In order to talk about peace, we are going to explore part of the story of John the Baptist. If you don’t know anything about John the Baptist, his main objective was to prepare the way of the One to come. His job was to point others to Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we are also called to prepare the way and point others towards Jesus.
Some of you may be wondering, “what does that have to do with peace?” Well, you’ll have to join us on Sunday to find out!
This Sunday, we’ll be using one of my favorite scenes from the Will Ferrell classic “Elf.” I’m sure all of you were expecting that the film for the Advent Sunday of Peace would be “Elf” because, if any movie captures the essence of peace, it’s “Elf”, right? Okay, it seems like a bit of a stretch, but I believe we can see some connections between John the Baptist, Buddy the Elf and peace.
On Wednesday night at Gather, we are going to take a break from our journey through the book of Acts to do an Advent study. We will journey through the early chapters of the Gospel of Luke to see how the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. So, join us tomorrow night for Gather. The meal is served from 5-6pm. Programming for children begins at 5:45pm. At 6pm, we will sing some Christmas carols and explore the Scriptures together.
Don’t forget to join us on Friday night for the holiday concert with the Nobles. You can call the church office for ticket information – or find links on our Facebook page and website to our ticket page. The concert is free, but we want to have a head count so we can be prepared with refreshments and safe seating.
Yes, we are still wearing masks for Sunday morning worship. The Allen County Department of Health continues to recommend wearing masks, regardless of vaccination status, when gathering indoors. Our county also seems to be heading towards the red category. Now, here’s the good news – in the past, when we’ve hit the red we’ve gone all virtual. However, with increasing vaccination rates and the accessibility of the vaccine to our children, we are able to continue safely gathering in person.
I am thankful for each and every one of you. I am thankful for the patience, cooperation, and resilience of our congregation. You are the reason why we are able to safely gather together for worship, Bible studies, fellowship and more!
Join us this Sunday at 10am, in person or on our YouTube channel. Here’s a crazy idea…invite a friend, family member, neighbor, coworker, enemy or even a complete stranger to join us! Hey, with our online options, all you have to do is share the link via text, email or social media! I’m looking forward to seeing all of you this week at First Wayne Street. Thanks for watching. Stay safe. Stay well. Have an awesome day!