Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

The Lord blessed us with a wonderful night of worship at LICL. 

Our Sunday school children told the story of the birth of Jesus so well.  Kudos to our teachers and leaders for their hard work in getting the children ready to go.

So many volunteers helped to make the three services go off without a hitch.  Life in Christ is really blessed with so many people who want to serve the Lord.

The music from our Choir, Bells and soloists was beautiful and it was a joy to have Nicole Lingenfelter sing for us.  She's not in the Valley very often so to have her bless us with her musical talent was really special.

It was great to have Pat Herman play organ for us.  Last year at this time she was struggling with her health.  It meant everything to her to be able to play.

It's awesome when the lights go down, the candles are lit and the entire congregation join their voices together to sing "Silent Night."  As Chuck Haynes would say, "It gave me goose bumps."

Holding the 3 services at 5, 7 and 9 pm helped to alleviate some of our parking problems and helped us achieve our largest attendance ever for Christmas Eve - 677.

My son, Eric, praying with me before worship.  The best Christmas gift I could ever receive.

Having all my kids and grand kids there for worship.  Sherri and I are so blessed to have our family nearby.  We know that's not always possible for everyone.

Being reminded to "treasure" the things that Mary treasured on that first Christmas Eve - the blessed news that God sent His Son to you to be your Savior from sin, death and evil.

Have a blessed Christmas Day!!