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December 17, 2021

Christmas is almost HERE! I cannot believe that Christmas day is a little over a week away, so you know what that means. We get to celebrate the greatest gift the world has ever known! No, I’m not talking about the internet, 2-day delivery, or seat warmers. (Although in the Missouri winters, I have been thankful for seat warmers!) 
I’m talking about the gift of Jesus coming as a baby. It truly was a gift that God stepped out of heaven and took on the form of a human as a fragile, needy, perfect baby. This gift came with hope that the world can be different. This hope that we now get to be reminded of each and every year as we celebrate the Christmas season. This hope was almost doused immediately after the birth of Jesus though. 
In Matthew, the scripture tells of Herod killing all the baby boys 2 years old and younger in and around Bethlehem. What a terrifying time this must have been for everyone in the area. The pain and weeping could be heard from all around the region. Amid all this despair, how could Mary and Joseph choose hope? We will discuss this and what it means for us today Sunday as we wrap up our sermon series (Not So) Silent Night. How can we choose Hope even though Despair would be a really easy choice? 
P.S. We’re going to have four different Candlelight Christmas Eve Services, so I would love for you to make plans with your family and invite your friends to one of the services. At 7 pm on the 23rd, we’ll have a contemporary service. On the 24th, we’ll have a contemporary service at 3 pm. Then we’ll have two back-to-back traditional services at 5 and 7 pm. We have wrapped up planning for these services, and I’m excited for the special moments at each one. 
P.P.S. I want to remind everyone of our Christmas Eve Offering which is Water for Mozambique. I think this is an amazing partnership to help provide water and hope to a group of people who have been through so much. We’ll talk more about the situation and have more information this Sunday as well as on Christmas Eve. 
Posted by Andrew Nelson