Pastor's Newsletter Article December 2018

John 12:44-50

44Then Jesus cried aloud: "Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. 47I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, 49for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me."

Happy Advent Little Cedar and Marshall Lutheran Churches,


I have a friend who has been posting on Facebook a countdown to Christmas for the past six months. He pretty much does it every year starting in June. He loves Christmas so much and is so excited that he can’t contain himself. I must say that it is rather amusing.


There is an incredible excitement that leads up to Christmas. And it is not so much about the presents, food, and decorations. Although those things are pretty great and add to the joy of Christmas. Instead it is about the light that shines in the darkness.


I am sitting and writing this in the Little Cedar sanctuary. It is one of the places I find some quiet around the church to work on writing. J During the day, the stain glass windows can bring in some beautiful light of orange and yellow into the sanctuary. Jesus is that light that shines into the darkness of the world.


Christmas then is also about us bringing that light unto the world as well. Jesus came into the world to live in servitude and to enter into the pain, brokenness, and suffering in the world. That then is what Christmas is about. That we may remember the birth of Christ by sharing God’s light and love with the world. Living in the same servitude to others. Entering into and easing the pain and brokenness in this world. May we embody the love of Christ unto the world this Christmas.


Wishing you a blessed, fun, fulfilling, and safe Christmas!

In Christ, Pr. Jeremy




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