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Merry Christmas!

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Hello Friends,

On behalf of our entire staff, church council and elders, we wish you a very, merry Christmas. May God bless you and yours during this season. I want to personally invite you to join us for one of our Christmas Eve Services on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 6 pm and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 4:30 and 6:00 pm. Each worship gathering will be one-hour long, and engaging for the entire family.And now, please be encouraged by a devotional thought from one of our pastoral staff members.

Many blessings,

John Fehlen
Lead Pastor

“And when [the wise men] had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.” Matthew 2:11

Among all of the people who are part of the history of Jesus’ birth, the wise men seeking the newborn King embody an example of committed worship that we can follow.

The wise men appear to know the Old Testament prophets, as well as observers of astronomy.  Their quest was very likely motivated by the prophecies of Daniel, Isaiah, and Zechariah.  Their guidance was sourced in the Holy Spirit.  Their commitment was demonstrated through perseverance and courage.  In humble worship they honored the newborn King.  Their gifts provided for His mission and a journey to Egypt as Herod sent to do away with Him.

Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Basically, the wise men brought finances, fragrances, and medicine.  While the descriptions are kind of exotic and impressive, we are not told the dollar value of the gifts brought by the wise men.  I think that’s a wise thing.  The real value is in this:  All that they did to seek and find Him, all that they brought to lay before Him, and all that they did when they found Him comprised their worship of Him.  True and full worship includes our heart, soul, mind, and strengthen.

All.

All our life, and all in our hands.

In the city of Salem, Oregon, USA, in the swirling drama of the world today, we are the people committed to the love and hope found only in Jesus.  We belong to Him because He first loved us, bought us with the price of His life, and fills us with the light of hope, as we live in the flood of darkness.  He drew us out of darkness like the wise men were drawn across deserts to seek Him.  In hope we gather each week to encourage one another, and in love we go each day to point the way to Him.  We who have received hope and joy, are sent to supply hope to others.

The Spirit of the Lord is calling us in the same way.  All.  Like our friends, the wise men, we are called to pay special attention, make a special journey, and bring special gifts.  Therefore, I invite you to do all that the Spirit of the Lord puts within your heart this Christmas.  Be wise and full of hope as you follow His light.  This is a great time to give  our best and worship the Risen King.

Rich Marshall
Executive Pastor