Christmas at the Untied Parish 2016
Saturday December 17
Christmas Cantata at Old Murdock Senior Center 2 PM
Sunday December 18
Christmas Cantata at the United Parish 10 AM
Followed by the Christmas Luncheon and Children’s Party
Community Caroling Meet at the United Parish 3 PM
Christmas Eve Services December 24:
Children’s Service at the United Parish 5 PM
Living Nativity at the YMCA Clark Memorial 6:30 PM
Carol and Candle Service at the United Parish 10 PM
The season of preparation known as Advent is now upon us. Like most families, I am sure you are preparing for the Christmas holiday. Boxes are coming out of storage and you are unpacking the familiar things that make Christmas such a special season in your home. There are so many symbols of the season. Each symbol has a special meaning and memory for us.
We put up our tree last weekend. Valorie and I unpacked some hand-made ornaments our children made when they were in preschool. Heartwarming memories filled us as we took a moment to reflect on God’s blessing and provision on our family over the years. Symbols have meaning and bring hope.
Regardless of what our secular pop culture promotes, there are so many spiritual symbols that bring hope to the heart or the true believer. The Star that called the Wise men to Bethlehem speaks of God’s love shining into darkness to giving us hope and faith to trust the promises of the Word. The candles we leave in the window speak of the constant love and watchful eye our Lord has for those who are weary from traveling through the night. These symbols of light bring hope to our hearts
I found the following list of Christmas symbols within the scripture. These symbols are a special reminder of God’s promise to be with us. The evergreen tree speaks of the eternal life found in Titus 1:2. The candy cane reminds us of the shepherd’s staff that leads through the valley of the shadow of death found in Psalm 23. Bells were often placed on sheep so that the shepherd would know where they were at all times. Bells announced where they were. John 10:16 tells us that his sheep hear his voice. He knows where we are at all times.
The red at Christmas is a symbol of the redeeming blood Christ would shed for us when he died on the cross some 33 years after his glorious birth. Luke 22:44 helps us understand God’s plan of redemption and the great price that was paid to forgive us and cleanse us from all our sin. The hope of eternal life is ours.
The gifts under the tree are the most intriguing for us. The Wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus. The gift of gold was given in recognition of the royalty of Christ. The incense was the symbol of prayer and communication with God. The incense celebrated the relationship Christ had with the father. Very God of Very God.
The most troubling gift was the myrrh. This was the ointment used to embalm dead bodies. This reminded us that Christ was the sacrificial lamb that would purchase our salvation. No wonder why we prepare our hearts for his coming. His life was given so that we would have life and life more abundantly.
Make time in your busy home preparations to prepare your heart to make room for Him in your daily life. Let Jesus be the center of your life. My God’s blessing rest on you during this special time of the year.
If you missed our Sunday Service or just want to refresh youself !
Our Sunday Service will be broadcast on Winchendon Public Access Cable TV Channel 8 Friday 9:00 - 10:30 AM and Saturday 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Wednesady nights Pastor Cal will be having an hour of prayer from 6-7pm here at the United Parish in the sanctuary. Where one or two are gathered together in His name, Jesus's presence is there. Please come and join Pastor Cal and enter into the presence of the Lord while praying for others who are in need.