Typical of last minute Christmas shoppers, a mother was running furiously from store to store. Suddenly she became aware that the pudgy little hand of her three-year-old son was no longer clutched in hers. In a panic, she retraced her steps and found him standing with his little nose pressed flatly against a frosty window. He was gazing at a manger scene. Hearing his mother’s near hysterical call, he turned and shouted with innocent glee, “Look mommy! It’s Jesus – baby Jesus in the hay”. With obvious indifference to his joy and wonder, she impatiently jerked him away saying, “We don’t have time for that!”

Hmmm . . . This Christmas, are you taking time to stand in wonder before “baby Jesus in the hay?” Let me invite you to several worship experiences in the next few days that may be opportunities for you to stop your rushing around long enough so that you can experience the joy and wonder of the birth of Jesus.

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Advent. Our journey through Luke 2 comes to the end as we talk about the shepherds again. What did these shepherds do after they knelt in wonder before “baby Jesus in the hay?” How did that experience at the manger change them? How could Christmas possibly change us? I hope that you will join us for worship at 8:30 or 11:00 this Sunday morning as we explore those questions by studying Luke 2:17-20.

Christmas Eve provides two worship opportunities to “come and adore him.” A Family worship service will be held at 3:00 in the Sanctuary. Children will help to lead this time of worship. Then at 5:00, we will have our traditional service of candlelight and communion. Come to one, or both, of these worship services and prepare your heart for the celebration of Christmas.

This year we have the rich blessing of being able to worship with our church family on Christmas Day. On Sunday, December 25, we will have one combined worship service in the Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. So that families can have plenty of time for their own Christmas celebrations that morning, we will not have Sunday School on that day.

In these last few days before Christmas, I hope that you will take the time to experience the wonder of “baby Jesus in the hay.”

Merry Christmas.