Creek's End Family & Friends,
Amy Grant recorded "My Grown-up Christmas List" for her "Home For Christmas" album. The lyrics imagine an adult going back to Santa with a different perspective on what matters most in life. Instead of material things the writer now asks for good things for others. I love the sentiment of the song.
No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list
I thought about my "grown-up" Christmas list this week. I would love for all of the things in the lyric above to come true. But I have lived enough to know they will not. Everyday lives are torn apart. Wars start too frequently. Time does not heal every heart. Some who are reading this are lonely. Right seems to lose way too often and love ends for many.
So what could I wish for that would be available for all? My grown-up Christmas list would have one simple wish. That every person would truly understand the outrageous grace gift that God offers to each one of us. All we have to do is open that gift in faith. Christmas is when the gift came to earth wrapped in swaddling clothes.
I wish that everyone who hears the Gospel message would comprehend the love that God demonstrated. Instead of turning His back on sinners who deserved just that God chose to reach out to His creation with a radical plan for forgiveness. A plan that is unlike any other religion in history. Man made religion always demands something to earn salvation. God's plan for redemption requires the lost to bring nothing to the table other than their sin and the need for salvation. Nothing.
I wish that everyone who believes the Gospel would truly believe that they are a brand new creation. Recreated as a saint with complete freedom in Christ. Adopted as a child of God. Forgiven forever. And that all of those things are completely true because of Jesus.
I wish I could give those things to everyone on my list. Life will give us sadness, loss and loneliness but trust in Jesus gives us hope in the darkest storm. It started with the baby we celebrate this time of year.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
LADIES WRAPPING PARTY
“GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST" SERIES CONTINUES
For many, the holiday season can’t be enjoyed because they deal with guilt and shame. Guilt says you did bad. Shame says you are bad. And shame based thinking can ruin your
Christmas. In this message we will learn that we don’t
have to connect who we are with what we did. Join us for
The Ghost of Past Shame.
COMMUNITY IMPACT EVENT
GET YOUR SEAT ON THE BUS
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS CHRISTMAS OFFERING
It’s time for our annual Christmas offering which will be taken from October 7 until December 31. Our goal is $15,000. So far $10,872 has been given. Below are the projects this money goes toward to bring hope during the Holiday season…
- The South Texas Children’s Home (STCH)
- KISD Therapeutic Education Program
- CORELUV Orphanage in Haiti
- Underprivileged families in our community
- Mission work in Northeast India
You may give online, at the Giving Kiosk, or with offering envelopes in the seat backs.
PRAY FOR HAITI
COMING SOON IN “GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST”
For many, the most wonderful time of the year isn't so wonderful. A painful past or our own insecurities can overshadow the joy we’re supposed to be feeling during Christmas. What if this year could look different? Join us for this four week series. It’s time to let God heal the Ghosts of Christmas Past. Here is the remaining schedule ...
DECEMBER 16 – “THE GHOST OF PAST LABELS”
Sadly, some of us struggle in the present because of labels in the past. We are haunted by words someone spoke about us in our past, and we have believed that’s who we are based on what they said. What may have been true about you then doesn’t have to be true about you now. You can discover in this message that God is much bigger than your past.
DECEMBER 23 – “THE GHOST OF PAST REGRETS”
Everyone has regrets. We all have things we’ve said or done that we wish we could do over. What would you go back and change? Would you say no to that first cigarette? Would you be a better parent to your children? The whole idea of Christmas was God giving man a second chance. While we can’t change our past, this message will show us we can change our future.
CHRISTMAS AT CREEK’S END
Christmas involves so many great traditions – decorations, gift giving, family celebrations. In the midst of your holiday preparations, take time to reflect on the true joy this season brings. It began that first Christmas, when God sent his Son to free us from our past and offer us hope for our future. Join us and bring your family and friends to one of our Christmas Eve services to enjoy candlelight, carols, and communion. Come and celebrate Christmas at Creek’s End!
ALL THINGS NEW
As we wave goodbye to 2018 and say hello to 2019, come and worship the God who makes all things new! He is the God of new life, new mercies, new names, and a new covenant. Let us celebrate what He has done and look ahead to His plan for the New Year! Family Worship only, no ABS, eThree, or Creek Kids. Wee World will be available.
See you this weekend,