Cheatham Memorial’s Theme for Advent2016 is, “Christmas is a Family Story”. The title has two meanings. First, the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus is central to the Gospel. However, and second, so is OUR family story, and OUR family traditions. SO….with the telling of the Gospel at Advent and Christmas, interacting with our deep sense of family traditions, a rich potential for spiritual growth is born at Christmas.
Your family may look like a Norman Rockwell Christmas card or it may look like quite the opposite. God is not impressed with mere appearances either way. The Christ came at Christmas for all families in their many forms. You don’t have to meet some ideal to be moved by the love of Christ as shown in HIS family.
The Bible tells us that on the first Christmas, Jesus family was a day labor carpenter named Joseph, travelling with his pregnant fiancé Mary, to pay taxes they couldn’t afford without the money to for transportation and a proper hotel room. Jesus came as a surprise that night. There was desperation and poverty in Jesus’ family all over this story including His dad disappearing from the family without explanation. The thing that held this family together was a strong relationship with the living God and a deep connection to their extended family and church family.
The only reason that they didn’t divorce was that God reached out to Mary and Joseph to assured them both that they were ok even if the rest of world didn’t understand. AND THEY LISTENED TO GOD. What does your family story need from the Gospel of Jesus’ family this Christmas Season?
We welcome you to join our family in East Texas or to follow along on our website. The five sermons from November 27 through Christmas day will be outlined here at thethoughtfulpastor.com and you are welcome to give a comment or ask a question.
A list of our Christmas projects and worship can be found at our main website. Plug in to any of our activities and add us to your family traditions. We are an easy church to “break in to”. You may contact me through the site or email me at email@example.com.
God’s richest blessings to you as we prepare together for the coming of Jesus at Christmas!