HOLY SPIRIT LUTHERAN CHURCH
1220 BAYSHORE ROAD, VILLAS, NJ 08251
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10:30AM SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE WITH COMMUNION

​​​​Pastor Leah 

BECAUSE OF BETHLEHEM​

​*LOVE IS BORN*     *HOPE IS HERE*


I LOVE CHRISTMAS BECAUSE SOMEWHERE SOMEONE WILL ASK THE CHRISTMAS QUESTIONS:

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT THE BABY IN THE MANGER?


GOD BECAME ONE OF US SO WE COULD BECOME ONE WITH HIM.


BECAUSE OF BETHLEHEM, I HAVE A SAVIOR IN HEAVEN.

CHRISTMAS BEGINS WHAT EASTER CELEBRATES.

THE CHILD IN THE MANGER BECAME THE KING ON THE CROSS.


THE JOY AND PROMISE OF CHRISTMAS IS THAT THE MIRACLE OF BETHLEHEM STILL HAPPENS.

GOD STILL ENTERS INTO THE REALITY OF OUR MESSY EVERYDAY LIVES AND LOVES US.

AND SO ON THIS DAY, WE OPEN WIDE OUR HEARTS TO RECEIVE THE CHRIST CHILD WITH JOY.


MARY TREASURES UP AND PONDERS ALL SHE HAS SEEN AND HEARD AND EXPERIENCED.

THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND BLOOD, AND MOVED INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.


GOD INVITES YOU TO CHOOSE JOY THIS DAY.

FOR YOUR OWN SAKE DO WHAT THE ANGELS DID: MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT THE ARRIVAL OF THE KING.

LET THERE BE JUBILATION, CELEBRATION, AND FESTIVITY!


BE WATCHFUL FOR EVERY SMALL EXPERIENCE OF JESUS, KNOWING HE OFTEN SHOWS UP IN UNEXPECTED WAYS.

TREASURE UP AND PONDER ALL THE WAYS CHRIST REVEALS HIMSELF TO YOU---IN EVENTS, MUSIC, MEALS,

RELATIONSHIPS, BEAUTY, AND THE COMFORT OF HIS PRESENCE WITH YOU.


FOR A CHILD IS BORN TO US, A SON IS GIVEN TO US,

AND HE WILL BE CALLED: WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.


THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE IS A YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION.

HOPE     JOY     LOVE     PEACE


THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS IS THE STORY OF GOD'S RELENTLESS LOVE FOR US. ANY DOUBT OF THE FATHER'S LOVE

DISAPPEARED THE NIGHT GOD WAS WRAPPED IN BARNYARD TOWELS SO THE HAY WOULDN'T SCRATCH HIS BACK.


PERHAPS YOU COULD USE SOME CHRISTMAS THIS CHRISTMAS.

TURN ON THE LAMP, CURL UP IN A COMFORTABLE SPOT, AND LOOK INTO THE ODD, WONDERFUL STORY OF BETHLEHEM.

MAY YOU FIND WHAT I HAVE FOUND: A LIFETIME OF HOPE, AND PEACE, AND JOY.


LET GOD LOVE YOU.


(ADAPTED FROM BECAUSE OF BETHLEHEM / MAX LUCADO)

THOUGHTS TO PONDER DURING ADVENT