MERRY CHRISTMAS! Christmas is all about Jesus Christ! The birth of Jesus was marked by “exceeding great joy.” For example, the Gospel of Matthew notes that when the Wise Men saw “the star” that they rejoiced with “exceeding great joy.” King Herod, ill will and all, did everything he could to destroy their joy and also kill baby Jesus. Since Christmas is all about Jesus, joy should fill the hearts of every child of God. With Herod’s words still ringing in their ears, the wise men pursued the promise of the prophets and found the Christ Child. Matthew 2:10-11 records what happened next, When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Notice that the joy of the Wise Men exploded with humility and sacrificial worship! Brothers and sisters, let Christmas 2016 be this kind of Christmas for you and yours… a Christmas marked by “exceeding great joy” and humble worship! Lord, fill our hearts with this same “exceeding great joy” and humble, sacrificial worship of the Wise Men!

This Sunday Morning (December 11th) the Down East Boys will be our special guests. They will be providing our special music for this special Christmas celebration. They are excited about their first visit to Grace Church. Pray for the Down East Boys as they come our way and let’s fill God’s House with beautiful music that glorifies our Lord Jesus! Invite your friends and family members and let’s rejoice together as the family of God! Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

As we look forward to 2017 I want to remind you that our Ministry Theme is COMMITMENT… Christ Above All. Our theme verse is Colossians 1:18 “… that in all things He might have the preeminence.” As followers of Christ, He must have first place in every area of our lives… CHRIST ABOVE ALL! On Sunday, January 8 we will be having VISION SUNDAY 2017 at Grace Church! On this special day we will be sharing our vision for Grace Church in 2017. Let’s begin praying now for VISION SUNDAY 2017!

REMEMBER THIS… CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRIST! Let’s worship Him and give Him the glory and praise He deserves!


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