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There is an array of family oriented ministries providing opportunities for children, youth, and adults to grow in faith, to enjoy Christian friendship, and to serve Christ.
There is a place for you at Richmond United Methodist Church.
A Note From Pastor Georgette
When does Christmas come at your house? When Taylor & Josh were little, Christmas came when Christmas Eve Candlelight Service was over, the kids were finally in bed AND asleep. Jim & I would drag out the gifts we’d been trying to hide (we lived in a mobile home, so this was a huge challenge), the wrapping paper, boxes, tape and ribbon, set up a table in the living room and get wrapping. We were happy if we had everything wrapped, under the tree and in bed before midnight.
As the kids grew, things began to change and so did we. Christmas “magic” didn’t feel so magical anymore. I grieved the loss of that special feeling. Maybe it was because the kids were older, maybe it was something more. Christmas was supposed to be joyous! It seemed un-Christian to feel this way. When Jim and I both began full time ministry, the icky feeling worsened, until I finally realized what was happening in my soul…I’d been trying to manufacture Christmas, based on the world’s idea of what Christmas should be! Family traditions, gifts, food, extra shopping, extra eating, extra stress imposed on what is for Christians, one of the most holy times of the year.
For Christ followers, Advent is intended to be a time of slowing down, not speeding up, its a time of reflecting on our lives in faith rather than stressing over the string of lights that keeps going out. Christmas is the season we wait…for the Christ child to be reborn in our hearts and lives. It is the season we prepare our hearts and lives for the return of Christ our King.
So, Beloved, if your soul is weary of the Christmas the world contends it is, rejoice! Rejoice, because Christ is breaking through the boxes culture tries to put him in! This Advent, will we let Christ out of the box? Will this be the year we honor Christ as the center of Christmas? Can we push back the importance of Christmas traditions for the sake of Christ, who blesses our lives with love, forgiveness, mercy grace, and the Holy Spirit to guide our paths?
With every gift we buy, every cookie, light, bulb; every party, festive sweater, nativity…may the Spirit of Christ fill our hearts and lives with gratitude. As the saying goes, the best gift of Christmas isn’t the presents, but HIS presence. Merry Christmas, Beloved!