Come and See the Light!

Dec 21, 2016   //   by Jackie Matyasovski   //   Pastor's Blog  //  No Comments

It’s the week before Christmas, and all through the house … we’re all running around like crazy trying to get things done. In this busiest of seasons, can we take a moment to listen to what the angels say to the shepherds in the gospel of Luke?
“Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
There are many times throughout Scripture where scared people are told, “Do not be afraid.” God says it, angels say it, Jesus says it. We are prone to being afraid – especially afraid of what we don’t know. The shepherds had no idea the angel was talking about, but they went to see. They were afraid, but they went. And we are invited also, no matter what we are afraid of, as Jesus said to the disciples, to “come and see.”
Come and see. Our Christmas Eve candlelight service is 9:00 pm. We have healing services scheduled for January 14th and February 11th, at 4:30 pm. A simple service of healing prayers and a bit of singing. The Garfield community service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at Friendship Baptist Church on January 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Come be with the members of our community in ecumenical worship. At Zion Lutheran Church, you are always welcome to join us for worship at 9:00 am on Sundays. We extend a special welcome to all – people of all backgrounds, people of all ethnicities and religious histories (or none), wherever you find yourself on your faith journey, people of all gender identities. We are affirming of anyone who is seeking God, or anyone who isn’t sure. Come and see.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5). We are celebrating the birth of Jesus, the One who lights our darkness. We join together to behold the light that is always here. He seems to shine especially bright in this season of short days and dark nights. Jesus is born! Amen! Merry Christmas!

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