The Gifts of Christmas – JOY
Advent Week Three – Joy
The third gift we will unwrap is the gift of joy. We choose paths to joy through gratitude, obedience, and continual abiding in Christ. And as we do so, we open ourselves to be shaped and transformed by God—and to encounter joy as a result.
Everyone in the community is invited to attend First Baptist Church for weekly services and a special Christmas Eve service based on the themes of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace called “The Gifts of Christmas,” at 9:30 am on Sundays beginning December 1st.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so the old song goes. Yet it doesn’t always feel that way—the hectic holiday schedule, family pressures, and emotional wounds are just a few reasons. But First Baptist Church sees the Christmas season as one that offers a unique opportunity to experience God’s love and grace in the midst of real life. That is the reason for “The Gifts of Christmas” celebration—to experience what the true gifts of Christmas mean for our lives today.
“Christmas is a favorite time of year for many people, but our lives can be so filled with busyness that we can forget to slow down and actually enjoy it. Christmas is also an important time to reconnect with our faith. Your family needs to understand why we celebrate Christmas” said Pastor Mark Massaro.
In a season often marked by frenzied busyness, it is also an opportunity to set aside time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. Our worship services are designed to help us place our focus on a far greater story than our own—the story of God’s redeeming love for our world through His Son, Jesus Christ.
With cookies, coffee, and cocoa after each service, your favorite carols, weekly lighting of the Advent wreath, and a free Christmas devotional book for visitors, “The Gifts of Christmas” Advent sermon series is the perfect opportunity for families throughout the community to come together to celebrate Christmas and find the true joy in the season.
Children are always welcome! You can keep the whole family together or use our children’s ministries. Nursery is provided for newborns up to age five. Kid’s church for Kindergarten through fourth grade.
You are welcome to join us for our annual Christmas Brunch following the morning service. The meal will take place in our Fellowship Hall on the lower level. Look forward to great food, fellowship, more Christmas music, and family fun!