Christmas, A Season of Faith
The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, God’s favored one, to reveal to her that she would give birth to the Savior of the world. She listened to him, questioned him with an open mind, believed, and then she responded saying, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." - Luke 1:38 The Christmas season is an announcement of joy for anyone who believes in the height, depth, length, and width of God’s love appearing in the earth through the Savior Jesus Christ. But the true joy of Christmas is known and lived when we respond as Mary did by faith in the God who saves by grace. A “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” response of faith is one that loves him for what he has done for us. Mary did not know or understand the great depth of love the Son of God would go to for her at this point, not like we do. She did not know God’s love demonstrated at the cross. Yet, she was willing to go down in the world, accepting God’s will for her even at the risk of life ‘as it was meant to be in her culture’. But we know that Jesus accepted God’s will knowing it would cost him everything to give us the weight of glory in his love for us. This enables us to respond by faith saying with John Wesley,
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to they pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen
With Christ in us the hope of glory we can say with Mary and John Wesley and a host of other faithful witnesses, “Lord, if you have done this for me in your love, then I can trust you and do this for you, whatever the “this” is.”
Let me ask you to consider the Lord’s love, to trust him for his grace, and to do this for him:
Commit yourself to a year end offering to Christ Covenant Church
We are approaching the end of 2019 with a significant budget deficit of $69,535 in our giving. Please consider a year end offering that will help the church out of this deficit in 2019.
Commit yourself to continued faithfulness at Christ Covenant Church in 2020
Continue to commit to doing worship, life, and ministry together.
Continue to pray and participate for a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversions and renewal, community formation, and generous lives of humble cultural engagement in our city and beyond.
Continue to support Christ Covenant Church financially trusting God to share his graces through you.
Continue to pray for the sale of the Barnwell Street property and commit to giving out of your resources to the “Building Fund” for the revitalization of the property at Covenant Road.
In this Christmas season let us together respond to our Lord’s grace and love toward us by putting ourselves in his care, trusting him with what he can do through us.
A king went into the village streets to greet his subjects. A beggar sitting by the roadside eagerly held up his alms bowl, sure that king would give handsomely. Instead the king asked the beggar to give him something. Taken aback, the beggar fished three grains of rice from his bowl and dropped them in the king’s outstretched hand. When at the end of the day the beggar poured out what he had received, he found to his astonishment three grains of pure gold in the bottom of his bowl. O, that I had given them all. Let us give ourselves wholly to him who gave himself fully for us.