December 23, 2022

The Pastor’s Perspective
You Don’t Want to Miss It
There’s a good chance that you will be worn out with all the “things” you have to do for Christmas by the time you read this.  It has always amazed me that this day set aside to settle our hearts and welcome the birth of Jesus is also a day when people are exhausted. 
And I get it.  I understand there are gifts to be purchased, family plans to make, and all the other things that go with daily life.  It truly can be trying and tiring.  But I want to dare to suggest one more thing for you to do.  I want to personally invite you to our Christmas Eve worship time.  
Christmas Eve is an opportunity to bring us back to the center.  It’s a time for us to exhale and take in the beautiful music and lighting of candles.  But most of all, it’s a time to remind us that Christmas is about Christ – God loves us so much that he would come to us.  
On Saturday evening December 24th, we will have three opportunities for you to choose from.  At 4:00, we will hold our annual Children and Families service.  This will be a wonderful time to see our children together and hear about what Christmas really means.  Then, from 5:15 through 6:00, we will hold our Come and Go communion time.  Individuals or families may come to the sanctuary and be served individually by the pastors.  This tends to be a more private and quiet time for us to reflect personally on the season.  Finally, at 6:30, we will hold our traditional Candlelight/Communion worship in the sanctuary.  We will sing familiar Christmas Hymns, hear our Choir lead us in music, and culminate our service by lighting candles as we sing Silent Night, Holy Night.
You really don’t want to miss this time.  Please make plans to come to the service that suits you and your loved ones best.  I look forward to seeing you on Christmas Eve.


Pastor Bobby


Did you know? -  Advent Edition

The peace lamp on our altar was a gift to Cokesbury UMC from Taybeh, Palestine.
The Peace Lamp initiative was launched in Taybeh in 2004 by Fr. Raed Abusahlia, the village priest, as a means to unite the world in prayer for the Holy Land and to create employment for young people in the village. He has worked very hard to save the status of Taybeh as the last fully Christian village remaining in the Holy Land. He does not dream small, nor does he underestimate the power of God. Fr. Raed says:
"Our goal is to place a "Peace Lamp" in every single church in the world and to unite as many Christians and people of faith as possible in a common prayer for peace in the Holy Land."
Taybeh Peace Lamps can now be found on the altars of St Peter's in Rome, Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, St Catherine's in Bethlehem, and thousands of churches worldwide, including Cokesbury UMC in Pensacola, Florida.
This beautiful Advent season is the perfect reminder for us to unite in prayer for peace in the Holy Land and throughout our world.

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